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The European Magazine is Germany's first opinion-based magazine. Based in Berlin, the magazine focuses on contemporary politics and culture. Movers and thinkers analyze world developments and critical questions from a distinctly European perspective.

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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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The Erdogan Problem

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:52 PM

by Neophytos Loizides

There is an important distinction in describing political systems that most current analyses on Turkey seem to have missed. In majoritarian democracies decisions are usually determined by a plurality of voters while in consensus democracies by 'as many people as possible.' Both options claim to foster moderation...

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Richard Branson: 'There Is No Such Thing as Failure'

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 4:57 PM

What separates a good idea from a revolutionary one? How can a small business grow into a global corporation? Alexander Görlach and Thore Barfuss asked Richard Branson to explain.

Do you today see an inflationary use of the terms "innovation" and "innovative"?

Joseph Schumpeter's defines entrepreneurs as "innovators...

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The Future of Humanity: Humanity's Identity Crises

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Kevin Kelly, The European Magazine

New technologies are breaking down the border between the real and the virtual. And ethical questions posed in The Matrix turn from fiction into fact.

A major theme of this century will be the pursuit of our collective identity. We are on a...

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The Future of Biotechnology: The Hidden Costs of Hesitation

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 1:21 PM

By Juan Enriquez, The European Magazine

What can a chronic traffic jam around Washington, D.C., tell us about the future of biotechnology and the hidden costs of excessive caution?

A few decades ago, as strange as it may seem today, cars on the beltway that surrounds Washington, D.C.,...

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As If God Did Not Exist

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Her Majesty the Queen is the head of the Church of England. She inherited the title Fidei defensor, "Defender of the Faith", from her ancestors. In the British constitutional monarchy, the head of state not only invokes God on certain occasions but also protects what is perceived as the "true...

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Wild Wild West

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Don't look to Hollywood for historical truths: Movies like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are based in fairy-tales rather than fact.

by Matthew Alford

Four of the ten nominees in the Best Picture category at the 2013 Academy Awards were clever-clever political movies: Django Unchained, Argo, Zero Dark...

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