Beurteilungsprobleme des Ukraine-Konflikts

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1. Die Forderung nach mehr Neutralität

Das autoritäre Handeln der Administration Präsident Putins in Russland erzeugt Kritik, verstärkt durch Putins Annäherung an rechtskonservative und nationalistische Kräfte Westeuropas. Jedoch, so berechtigt die kritische Beurteilung von Putins Innenpolitik auch ist, sie zum Anlass für eine einseitige Beurteilung des Ukraine-Konflikts zu nehmen und Putin zum Alleinschuldigen an der

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Stimme und Blick, Gleichgültigkeit und Antwortfähigkeit Hermann Brochs Roman „Die Schuldlosen“ und die Krise Europas

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Hermann Brochs Roman „Die Schuldlosen“ und die Krise Europas

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Verhinderte Anbindung der Ukraine an die EU – Die angebliche Suche nach Schuldigen

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Die intensive Suche nach Schuldigen für die ausgebliebene Unterzeichnung des Assoziierungsabkommens zwischen der Ukraine und der EU täuscht darüber hinweg, wie gering das Interesse der EU und der ukrainischen Regierung an einem erfolgreichen Abschluss der Assoziierungsverhandlungen war. Keiner der direkt oder indirekt Beteiligten am gesamten Verhandlungsprozess wollte jedoch das Gesicht verlieren.

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Russia: The “Cold Friend”

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Russia: The “Cold Friend”

by Michael Liebig

On March 4, 2012, presidential elections will be held in Russia. It seems certain that Putin will win, becoming President for a third term, after the previous two terms 2000-2008 and having been Prime Minister 1999-2000 and 2008-2012. The time span in which Putin has been the most

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Helmut Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing: What Needs to be Done After the Brussels EU Summit

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Helmut Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing: What Needs to be Done After the Brussels EU Summit

By Michael Liebig

The 50% “haircut” of Greece’s debt was inevitable. Most private creditors had already written off their Greek state bonds by that percentage – or more. The € 440 billion “European Financial Stability Facilty” (EFSF) has gotten the

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Money Alone Won’t Solve the Greek Crisis

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By Michael Liebig

In early May, a poll conducted for the magazine stern showed that 43% of the Germans polled oppose German financial aid to Greece, while 51% find it acceptable. On May 26, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung titled an article on the same subject “Swelling Disgruntlement”. However, the disgruntlement is the German population has

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Tzvetan Todorov: Civilization Exists as Civilizations – Why Cultural Multitude is not a “Zero-Sum” Game

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In 2008, the Franco-Bulgarian philosopher Tzvetan Todorov published the book Lapeur des barbares. Au-déla du choc des civilisations. In 2010, English and German translations followed. Reading Todorov’s The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations is a most inspiring experience. Based on a an enormous breath and depth of knowledge in anthropology, philosophy, sociology

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Greece 2011 & Turkey 2001: The Tale of Two Crises

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By Michael Liebig

 

In seems almost certain that Greece will get a 50%+ debt cut sometime in 2012, if not earlier. The “haircut” will be painful for the holders of Greek state bonds – in Greece and abroad. But the EU governments, the European Central Bank and the IMF will do whatever

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All Quiet on the European Front?

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In May and June, many mainstream media and “experts” were telling you that Europe was facing imminent disaster: A chain reaction of state bankruptcies in Southern Europe would blow apart the euro currency system and throw the euro zone, if not the whole continent into an economic depression. Merely two months later, the situation looks rather different.

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Disenchantment with Politics

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Not only in respect to the financial crisis and its consequences, the people sense that the political class is unwilling and/or incapable to explain how and why policy choices have been made. Consequently, there is widespread frustration with politics. By its submission to the imperatives of the mass media, the political class has almost eliminated the public discourse on the contents of strategic political issues – and thereby undercut its claim for political leadership.

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