Hannah Arendt on Freedom and Revolution

Since the two big revolutions of the 18th century, the American revolution and the French revolution, freedom has become a central political concept. In both cases, men and women stood up to free themselves from oppression and eventually demanded a new political order. The aim was to establish an order based on freedom. Hannah Arendt... weiterlesen →

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How to Revive a Social Europe (by Saying No to GroKo)

This is my reply to Christopher Glück, with whom I have been debating whether the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) should enter a grand coalition (GroKo) with Merkel’s conservative bloc (CDU/CSU) or not. (You can read my initial article here and Chris' reply here.) Let me start by thanking Chris for his very thorough reply... weiterlesen →

A GroKo for the Sake of Europe (by Chris)

On Sunday 28 January, I have a written an article in which I put forward my arguments, why the SPD should not enter a new grand coalition with Merkel's conservative bloc. The following reply was written by Christopher Glück who takes a contrary position and makes a strong case for saying that the SPD should... weiterlesen →

No GroKo!

  Last Sunday, 21 January 2018, the German Social Democrats Party (SPD) approved the continuation of coalition talks with Merkel's conservative bloc (CDU/CSU) on a special party convention in Bonn. Coalition talks will begin next week. Merkel indicated that she wanted an agreement to be reach before Carnival, i.e. before February 8th. Before the SPD... weiterlesen →

„POISON FOR THE CONTINENT“

Co-authored with Ninon Lagarde This article was originally published on TheNewFederalist In the context of the ongoing discussions on the next MFF of the EU, it has repeatedly been suggested to cut EU funds for EU Member States which do not fully comply with European values. We write this article to explain why we are... weiterlesen →

Existential feelings and politics

The role of moods in human existence A bit more than a year ago, I presented Heidegger in a talk as a philosopher who can help us to think about existential choices. These choices are different from ordinary choices – where we choose between two actions or streams of actions. They are more fundamental choices... weiterlesen →

Travelling on the Schulzzug

Last week, I have travelled through Germany and campaigned  together with the Jusos (young socialists, the party youth affiliated to the social democratic party (SPD)) for the upcoming federal elections. Besides offering support to my party, it was a good occasion to gather some impression of the current political mood in Germany. The following article... weiterlesen →

Are we becoming immortal?

The human condition – when we think about it – can be deeply unsatisfactory. We do not know why we were born in this particular place, this time, this body. Yet, we have to cope with our own life, knowing that it will end one day in an equally unfounded way. Many terrible things happen... weiterlesen →

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 →

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