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Why Germany should seriously consider an Islamic national holiday

In his Op-Ed, Save Liberal Democracy Founder Alexander Görlach argues that introducing an Islamic national holiday could be a sensible step towards more integration. It would also be a potent symbol of Germany’s liberal democracy, he argues. 

The proposal came at an inopportune moment: Germany’s Conservative Secretary of the Interior Thomas de Maizière suggested introducing an Islamic public holiday. And indeed, it horrified his Conservative party colleagues. The party of incumbent Chancellor Merkel had suffered a major setback in the national election, primarily because of its migration policy. There was much talk of a political shift to the right. The extreme right-wing party, AfD, had gained 13% of the overall vote. In some constituencies, it managed to win up to 30% of the electorate. Especially in the eastern parts of the country.

Why political Islam should return to its liberal roots

In his Op-Ed, Dinmukhamed Rakysh argues that the narrative of Islamic politics is deeply ingrained in Egyptian history and will be a source of tension until its narrative can be rewritten to accommodate liberal values. But it already missed its historical opportunity in Egypt. 

A few months ago, the decision was made to award the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights to Mohamed Zaree. Zaree is an Egyptian citizen who works at the renowned Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. However, there was one problem with the award ceremony earlier this week. He has been barred from leaving the country on account  of investigations for ‘using funds to destabilize Egyptian interests.’


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“We need to foster a politically active generation in both Russia and the US”

Vitali Shkliarov advised the campaign of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 US Democratic Party primaries, now he’s supporting first-time candidates campaign in Moscow’s local council elections. At the forefront of Russia’s growing oppositional movement, he’s not only made himself friends. 

Save Liberal Democracy: You worked with Bernie Sanders in the last US-presidential election campaign. Why did Trump end up winning, despite the enthusiastic campaign of Bernie Sanders in the democratic primaries?

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„The marketing of liberal institutions is missing“

Sercan Çelebi is a consultant and a co-founder of Oy Ve Ötesi (Vote and Beyond) Foundation, which has since 2014 trained more than 170.000 volunteers around Turkey to monitor elections. He is an alumni of Yale University.


SLD: What is the situation like in Turkey these days? Hundreds of thousands of participants marched in the “March of Justice” to protest Mr Erdogan’s regime. Did this change anything in the slightest?

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Why Free Speech Failed in Charlottesville

by Timothy Lam

The US conception of free speech knows almost no boundaries. Charlottesville, argues Timothy Lam, shows how extreme forces misuse these liberties to silence others. And to change that, the US should learn from the German experience. 

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Why Brits should fear the ‘Norway Model’, and need it

Jakob Schram is a Norwegian student of International Relations. He is engaged in JEF Norway (Europeisk Ungdom), a youth NGO working to raise EU debates on the Norwegian agenda. Having previously studied at Oxford University, he is currently finishing a BA at the University of Oslo. 

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“Regionalism is not an expression of strong nationalism”

Robert Menasse is an Austrian author and public intellectual. His latest novel “Die Hauptstadt” was nominated for the German Book Price. 

Save Liberal Democracy: You’re a kind of “in-house intellectual” in Brussels, where the “House of European History” recently opened. What is European historicity?

Menasse: Before we start I have to refute the label “Brussel’s in-house intellectual”! An intellectual always defines him- or herself as a critical institution and the current state of the European Union definitely demands a lot of criticism, especially from those who support the European Idea.

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Learnings from Charlottesville

by Martin Eiermann

In the wake of the violent White Supremacist protests in Charlottesville, there has been much chatter about how Germany supposedly deals with Nazis, or how one should deal with Nazis. Here are a few thoughts.

First, in Germany we address history in a fairly unequivocal way. We have tried for a break with the past to a degree that has never happened in the US. You cannot go through high school without spending multiple semesters on the 3rd Reich.

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Rethinking democratic chess games

In this op-ed, Save Liberal Democracy editor Paul Ostwald discusses whether the ancient democratic system of sortition might provide an avenue to improve liberal democracies around the world. He recently graduated from Oxford University. 

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