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The Jura Conflict: Direct Democracy in Practice

The Jura Conflict: Direct Democracy in Practice

On 18 June 2017 the citizens of Moutier, a small town in the heart of the Jura region in Switzerland, decide on the future of their city, whether to remain in the Canton of Berne or to leave and join the Canton of Jura. The referendum vote […]

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Martin Luther King – Beyond Vietnam (Jenseits von Vietnam)

Martin Luther King – Beyond Vietnam (Jenseits von Vietnam)

On 4 April 1967 Martin Luther King delivered a speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam” in front of over 3,000 people at Rivereside Church in New York City. The speech has lost none of its actuality. The fundamental reality of capitalism and US permanent warfare and what it does […]

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Zur Bedeutung des Brexit: Hitchens erzählt

Zur Bedeutung des Brexit: Hitchens erzählt

Bei der Suche nach einem Sinn der Brexit-Abstimmung geht es primär weder um Argumente für oder gegen einen Austritt Grossbritanniens aus der Europäischen Union noch um den Versuch zu erklären, warum die Briten für oder gegen den Ausstieg gestimmt haben. Der Sinn ergibt sich auch nicht aus […]

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Meaning of Brexit: Hitchens’s Story

Meaning of Brexit: Hitchens’s Story

Seeking a meaning of the Brexit vote is not primarily about arguments for or against Britain leaving the European Union; neither is it is about trying to explain why people voted for Leave (or Remain). It does not concern the consequences of the vote, rather it is […]

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The Brexit Plebiscite

The Brexit Plebiscite

What? Brexit (British exit) refers to the June 23, 2016 popular vote in which a majority of the voters decided that Great Britain should leave the European Union. Who decided to call the popular vote? In 2013 PM David Cameron promised to negotiate a new settlement with […]

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How to Democratize Europe? – Plan B

How to Democratize Europe? – Plan B

At a public debate about Europe with Slavoj Žižek und Julien Assange the moderator asked Yanis Varoufakis what it would concretely mean to democratize Europe. In his answer Varoufakis focused on three measures: 1) transparency; 2) stabilization; 3) making a constitution for Europe. Interestingly, exactly these three […]

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Basic Income Coming Soon?

Basic Income Coming Soon?

The Swiss Vote on introducing an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) on June 5, 2016. The intention behind this groundbreaking citizens’ initiative is less about proposing a solution to social problems (like fighting against inequality, helping the working poor …), rather it is an invitation to think about […]

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Eugen Drewermann Interview

Eugen Drewermann Interview

This blog is about Eugen Drewermann and his ideas and comes in three parts. A first part, in English, provides a sort of overview of a long and remarkable interview with Drewermann that was conducted in German and published by KenFM.de on March 20, 2016. The second […]

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Can Switzerland Protect Its Direct Democracy?

Can Switzerland Protect Its Direct Democracy?

Question (7/7): In an era of centralized and partly anti-democratic decision-making in Europe, with an almost powerless European Parliament and obscure, undemocratic decision-making bodies like the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Troika, I believe that more and more pressure will be put on Swiss people to […]

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Should Switzerland Promote Direct Democracy More?

Should Switzerland Promote Direct Democracy More?

Question (6/7): I know that Swiss citizens regard their political system as an exception – and probably it is. But also, they were always looking inwards and avoided to “spread the good news” of direct democracy. I know, for example, that back in the 19th century politicians […]

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