In the wake of increased migration to Europe over the past decade, and due in no small part to substandard healthcare for refugees, a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have started providing emergency medical care. As fourth-year residents in internal medicine, my partner and I had begun to feel confident … Continue reading First impressions from Thessaloniki
What does it mean to live in a democracy? For those of us raised in the West, the response involves the concept of voting; the claim being that we live in a democracy only if we, the people, come together at regular intervals to determine those who will govern us. … Continue reading The forgotten role of lotteries in democracy
Seit einiger Zeit werden auf der Intensivstation, auf der ich arbeite, vor allem Menschen mit Covid-19 Infektionen behandelt. Seitdem ist die Zahl der arabisch, kurdisch oder türkisch sprechenden Patientinnen merklich angestiegen. Menschen ohne oder mit nur wenig Deutschkenntnissen zu behandeln, ist hier in Berlin nichts Ungewöhnliches. Da der Stadtteil, in … Continue reading Vor Corona sind nicht alle gleich
I was out with a good friend last year, in search of a late breakfast, when I was once again confronted with the extent of modern segregation. It was a crisp and bright Sunday in late November. We were strolling down Eisenbahnstrasse in the German city of Leipzig which had, … Continue reading Modern segregation
With the rise of Donald Trump, France’s National Front and Austria’s FPÖ, to name just a few, the question of what has happened to the voice of the political Left has been asked very frequently over the course of the last year. One of their most important problems was highlighted … Continue reading Why the Left needs to get its priorities straight
An unconditional basic income would see every citizen receive a monthly ‘salary’, irrespective of all other factors. Benefit schemes, thereafter redundant, would hence be abolished. Although suggestions regarding the income level vary greatly (a pilot study  in Finland has begun with €560 a month, while a referendum last year … Continue reading Should a basic income be unconditional?
In the following I want to outline some examples epitomising what I will call a ‘radical’ mindset. Across American colleges, large-scale protests have been taking place in recent months with the aim of protecting students from potentially wounding or controversial remarks. Asking a Latino American “Where are you from?” is … Continue reading Counterproductive radicalism
Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union at the end of June, a discussion has been unfolding regarding the direction which this project should take. Regardless that such change only ever occurs after the fact — in this case, the belief that the EU needs reform was … Continue reading For a United States of Europe!
DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2dl96gtb3udqbzl/nsc%20FINAL%202.%20auflage.pdf?dl=0 Title: Thoughts for a New Social Contract (2nd edition) The length of our work is around 43,000 words.
As the weather continues to improve and another summer is almost upon us, the number of migrants dying in the Mediterranean Sea in a desperate attempt to reach the western world is on the rise once more. In just one week alone, reports claim more than a thousand drowned, their … Continue reading Short-sighted politics
The word ‘idealistic’ is becoming increasingly linked to dogmatism, to extremes that few wish to identify themselves with. In this sense it is becoming dirty, foul, insulting; the hidden, or perhaps no longer hidden connotations associated with it suggesting a mindset of being undemocratic and irresponsible. Yet idealism may also … Continue reading The hypocrisy in modern politics
BY MARIANA TORRES Versão em português (English version below) Ei, Cabral, cadê o Amarildo? Essa foi a pergunta gritada por dezenas de pessoas nas ruas do Brasil durante alguns meses em 2013. Amarildo Dias de Souza é um ajudante de pedreiro brasileiro que ficou conhecido nacionalmente por conta de seu … Continue reading ‘Hey Cabral, where’s Amarildo?’
Since the founding of the EU in Maastricht in 1993, the European idea has surpassed mere economic cooperation to both political and social spheres, and beyond. Citizens living within any of the countries encompassed by this label increasingly identify with ‘being’ European, and certain European ideals have begun to crystallise … Continue reading European arrogance?
Europe over the last decade was confronted with the worrying development of uprisings by young people without any sort of apparent political goal. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 Paris riots, we would like to ask whether lessons have been learned from these events. Considering the fast … Continue reading Lessons not learned
Although considered acceptable on an individual basis by many, little has changed to the cannabis laws across most of Europe over the last few years. Not, actually, since its reclassification in Britain from Class C to Class B drug in May 2008, moving it up the scale away from ‘soft … Continue reading One last call for the legalisation of cannabis
BY ROSS MORAN Air strikes on Iraq!’ Does this remind you of anything? The 1990 Gulf War? Or, maybe the 2003 invasion? Either-or, we’re here again. Less than three years after the last convoy of British and American troops left Iraq following the humiliating 2003 invasion, the United States and … Continue reading WMDs: Widespread Media Deception and the 2003 invasion of Iraq
BY JOE BALSON “…no more right to the information they requested than if they were being executed in the electric chair, they would have no right to know whether OG&E or PSO were providing the electricity; if they were being hanged, they would have no right to know whether it … Continue reading Precipice