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Brotherly Advice

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:11 AM

What Islam is lacking is neither Reformation nor an Enlightenment. Rather, there are two neglected measures that could make Islam sustainable for the future. The model has already been tested in the Christian world.

Islam doesn't need a reformer. Islam also doesn't need an Age of Enlightenment. Those...

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Only God Forgives

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 11:39 AM

By Alexander Görlach

You can't avenge God. And you have to be overly foolhardy to assume that you are qualified to do so. Holy warriors of all stripes may believe they can, but they simply exact vengeance for all the little and medium-sized impertinences they have experienced in their lives....

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'Everybody Holds the Key to Unlock the Mystery'

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:59 AM

The films of David Lynch will leave you baffled and pondering. The good news: He feels exactly the same. Lynch talked to Max Tholl about mental fishing trips, torturing audiences and our obsession with mystery.

The European: Mr. Lynch, if I were to describe your movies as uncanny,...

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"We Deserve to Die Well"

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:36 PM

World-renowned artist Marina Abramović walked the Great Wall of China, had a loaded gun pointed at her head and sat in silence for over 700 hours -- all to give art a new meaning. She told Max Tholl why future generations should treat her legacy like Beethoven's.

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The Poverty of Nations

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Modern economics has failed, misled and deceived us. Luckily, Thomas Piketty has brought the real core question of economics back onto the market: inequality.

The economics profession has made a pretty bad name for itself in recent years. Not only did economics fail in 2008, but many hold the laissez-faire...

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Errol Morris: 'People Expect Me to Throttle Donald Rumsfeld'

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:33 PM

In his new movie The Unknown Known, American film director Errol Morris investigates the causes of the Iraq War and puts Donald Rumsfeld under interrogation. He explained to Max Tholl why he chooses understanding over judging and why his movies are political rather than politically motivated.

The European:...

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Positive Side Effects

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Increasing LGBT rights means decreasing intolerance, xenophobia and other discriminating behavior. The struggle for equality must therefore matter to us all. By Robert Biedroń

Europe is learning to become more tolerant of LGBT people. More and more countries debate LGBT rights and equality, embracing legal recognition of LGBT families. A...

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'Nobody Wants a European Super-state'

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:36 PM

Guy Verhofstadt is the Liberals' leading candidate for the European elections and a strong advocate of a federal Europe. He sat down with Max Tholl to talk about a ban on political visions, why Ukrainians understand Europe better than Europeans do, and the craziest idea one could ever...

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"People Are Empowered by Their Lack of Power."

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Malcolm Gladwell has written a book about power and the people who challenge it. He sat down with Lars Mensel to discuss if the world is ultimately fair.

The European: You have written a book about the idea that the strong and powerful are not always what they seem. Was...

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'My Morning Coffee Is Part of My Job'

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Who needs a record company when you've got fans? With her crowdfunded album, Punk-Cabaret singer Amanda Palmer proved that the current music business is on its deathbed. She sat down with Max Tholl to talk about a new music ecosystem, writing a record on Twitter and Miley Cyrus's...

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'We Shouldn't Be as Naive in This Day and Age'

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Neelie Kroes is in charge of Europe's Digital Agenda. The vice president of the European Commission explained Lars Mensel why she wasn't shocked by the NSA revelations, how Europe can profit from its currency crisis and why we shouldn't worry too much about Euroskeptics.

The European: Ms. Kroes, due to...

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'I Want to Tear Down the Veil of Secrecy': Interview With Cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 4:14 PM

The cyberlibertarian, John Perry Barlow, believes that we can no longer safeguard complete secrecy and privacy. He sat down with Alexander Görlach to discuss the true value of secrets, how the U.S. copied Nazi Germany and why driving a tractor boosts his creativity.

The European: Mr. Barlow, we are currently...

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Meaning Good, Doing Bad

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 3:49 PM

Banning or hindering the development of genetically modified rice is a luxury only privileged Westerners can afford. We must reconsider our choices and help those that depend on that food.

Last month, activists destroyed a field trial of genetically modified Golden Rice in the Philippines. Aided by well-meaning but misguided...

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"All Writers Are Egomaniacal, Manic Depressive, Drug-Addicted Alcoholics"

(3) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:53 PM

For bestselling author T.C. Boyle, writing is both an obsessive-compulsive behavior and the highest thing he can aspire to. He talked with Max Tholl to discuss the educative purpose of art, teaching creativity and the deepest desires of human nature.

The European: You have described your new novel...

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'I Am Still Awaiting Evidence Justifying Military Intervention'

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 1:31 PM

While preparations to intervene in Syria are running at full speed, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn talked with Max Tholl to discuss the lack of clear evidence, why the UN Security Council might lose its credibility and how Iran could help overcome the Syrian crisis.


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Leaving Neverland

(8) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 12:42 PM

Unlike Peter Pan, Europeans need to grow up. Rather than clinging to false fairy-tales, we must realize that the over-arching ideologies no longer function and that we cannot return to a state where we separate our fates along national borders.

Until 2008, my generation, 'the Generation Y' or 'the Peter...

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'We Are Ready for the Next Wave of the Women's Movement'

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 6:16 PM

According to former Hillary Clinton advisor Anne-Marie Slaughter, "women still can't have it all." She sat down with Florian Guckelsberger and Julia Korbik to discuss women in the workplace, the end of men, and why we shouldn't expect female leaders to raise women's issues.

The European:...

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Roll Up Your Sleeves

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 2:59 PM

by Bo Cutter

Governments have yet to grasp the full extent of the dramatic changes in the employment sector. Time to take matters into your own hands.

Due to the automation process, the future of work will be accompanied by large-scale unemployment. For many, full and gainful employment will therefore...

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The End of Work, Again

(99) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 12:42 PM

by Robert Solow

Are you afraid of asteroids hitting earth? No? Then why would you worry about the end of work?

The belief and fear that automation and mechanization are about to make most human labor obsolete, and thus create unavoidable mass unemployment, seems always to be simmering below the...

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Jean-Claude Juncker: "I Was Always Fearful"

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:53 AM

He's without a doubt one of the EU's most influential voices: Mr. Euro -- Jean-Claude Juncker. Max Tholl sat down with Luxembourg's Prime Minister to talk about quarrels during EU summits, political cynicism, and fears during important negotiations.

The European: You advocate that Europeans should relearn to love...

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