How we have lost a critical public sphere

The structures of communication have profounly changed over the last two decades. In my childhood (10 to 15 years ago), the telephone and postal mail were mainly used to communicate with friends and family members. It was common to read printed newspaper and watch the news on television or listen to the radio. Digitalisation has … Weiterlesen How we have lost a critical public sphere

Technology: Have we lost control?

Technology is a defining feature of our time and it is becoming more and more pervasive. One of my professors in philosophy used to say: „Philosophy cannot reflect about our time without reflecting about technology. Any philosophy of our time has to be a philosophy of technology“. What are the chances and dangers of technology? … Weiterlesen Technology: Have we lost control?

Highlights of the Week: French Elections, Viktor Orbán in Brussels, Quarrel over Schulz

What happens in Brussels is not only about Brussels. Hardly a week passes by without a debate or a decision with repercussions on the rest of Europe or even the world. I am starting a series of articles to highlight some occurences and to share with others my thoughts on them. In this first attempt, I … Weiterlesen Highlights of the Week: French Elections, Viktor Orbán in Brussels, Quarrel over Schulz

More Democracy in Europe?

The outcome of the French elections are likely to have far-reaching consequences for the European project. It is a showdown between pro-European figures who want to relaunch the European integration on the one side, and eurosceptics who want to destroy it on the other. This article is a critical discussion of the eurozone parliament, one … Weiterlesen More Democracy in Europe?

The March of Europe: An Awakening of Civil Society

Brexit and the Trump elections have shown that we cannot stay indifferent to growing populism and nationalism. If we fail to act, we will be responsible if something goes wrong. The March of Europe was therefore an important sign to make pressure on European leaders to endorse European integration, which is at risk of being … Weiterlesen The March of Europe: An Awakening of Civil Society

Offshore Centres and Developing countries: Do we have a moral duty to fight the offshore industry?

Offshore structures are abused for purposes of money laundering, corruption, tax avoidance and tax evasion. This has adverse effects on developing countries, in particular, which are further destabilised and lose important sources of revenue. The Western world is responsible for this, insofar as it helps sustain the offshore economy. One reason the life-span of the … Weiterlesen Offshore Centres and Developing countries: Do we have a moral duty to fight the offshore industry?

The European Parliament Investigates

Could the inquiry committee on the Panama Papers force Juncker to step down? Inquiry committees are normally a powerful tools for parliaments to control executive bodies. The European Parliament however lacks significant powers to make effecive use of its right of inquiry. The Commission has no reason to worry. PANA Committee invites Juncker Committees of investigations are … Weiterlesen The European Parliament Investigates

Malta: When a Tax Haven Turns into an Offshore Hell

Watch out for the Panama Papers committee visit to Malta. Tomorrow, Monday 19 February, Members of the European Parliament Inquiry Committee into tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering will travel to Malta to meet with politicians and institutions who were involved in the Panama Papers scandal. The MEPs are expected to voice harsh criticism … Weiterlesen Malta: When a Tax Haven Turns into an Offshore Hell