Diese Woche hat das Europäische Parlament zum letzten Mal in dieser Legislaturperiode getagt. Für mich heißt das, dass meine Zeit als parlamentarischer Mitarbeit und somit eine weitere Phase meines Lebens sich seinem Ende zuneigt. Deshalb ist jetzt ein guter Augenblick, um auf diese Zeit zurückzublicken, und zusammenzufassen, was ich aus dieser Zeit mitnehmen. Hier sind... Weiterlesen →
The rise of authoritarian leaders such as Trump in the US, Bolsonaro in Brasil or Erdogan in Turkey makes us feel concerned about the state of our democracies. In their book 'How Democracies Die', Levitsky and Ziblatt provide us with a very informative and acurate analysis of why our democracies slowly deteriorate.
A digital tax on companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and co was one of the key projects of the Franco-German tandem, following the renewal of the partnership at the Meseberg summit. Yet, the outcome of the negotiations so far is rather sobering.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →