The EU’s Schizophrenic Fight Against Tax Avoidance

How can you fight a problem when those with whom you fight are part of the problem? The European Commission has made tax justice and the fight against corporate tax avoidance one of its „top priorities“. But how credible is this commitment when some Member States persistently block the proposed measures? A Union of Tax … Weiterlesen The EU’s Schizophrenic Fight Against Tax Avoidance

What can History Teach us?

„What makes you think that some values are the right ones for everyone?“. I was walking through the streets of Berlin lately with a friend of mine and we were having an argument over values. We both agreed that rightwing populists were immoral, insofar as they propagated xenophobic and sometimes even racist thoughts. In my … Weiterlesen What can History Teach us?

Verhofstadt Surrenders to political Opportunism

The presidential elections in the European Parliament last week have shown low instincts and political intrigues at their best. Opportunism and the strive for power have prevailed over political integrity and the adherence to values and ideas. Guy Verhofstadt has best illustrated how quickly one can fall prey to the little intrigues and deals that animate life … Weiterlesen Verhofstadt Surrenders to political Opportunism

Ulrike Guérot’s Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss – Book Review

In Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss (2016), Ulrike Guérot describes the vision of a Europe Republic in which nation states have been overcome and in which citizens' interests are no longer subordinated to market constraints. A must-read for all those who are looking for renewal in Europe. Dare the utopia! This could be the motto of … Weiterlesen Ulrike Guérot’s Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss – Book Review