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Alexander Görlach

Alexander Görlach is an advisor to the F. D. Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University College. Prior to that he served as an affiliate professor in the "In Defense of Democracy"-program of this foundation at Adams House, and as visiting scholar to both Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Center for European Studies. Alex is a senior research associate at the Institute on Religion and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, England. Prior to that he served as a fellow at the Center for the Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the same University. Alex also is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute. His expertise is in politics and religion, liberal democracy, secularism, pluralism and cosmopolitism, he holds PhDs in linguistics and comparative religion. Alex is the founder of the debate-magazine The European, that he also ran as editor-in-chief from 2009-2015. He is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times, to Neue Zürcher Zeitung and ZEIT ONLINE. He is also a columnist to the German business outlet Wirtschaftswoche. In October 2016, Alex started the blog-magazine saveliberaldemocracy.com. Here he gathers voices that wish to reinvigorate the discourse about Enlightenment and defend the values of liberal democracy.

On the Road to Power: Mexico’s Walter Mitty

by Adam Wiaktor

The past two years have been full of political surprises. The election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as President of Mexico was not one of them. He won the election in convincing fashion, with more people voting for him than any other presidential candidate combined. He has broken the stranglehold the PAN and the PRI had over Mexican politics. He is promising to do nothing less than drain the Mexican swamp of corruption, injustice and careerism. He is the embodiment of the new populism in Central America. Critics have suggested there is more than a hint of Péron in his rhetorical style.

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Boris Johnson to be prosecuted for misconduct in office

The initiative by Marcus J Ball intends to sue former British foreign minister Boris Johnson for lying to the public. In the rally leading to the Brexit referendum in the summer of 2016, Johnson and others claimed the exit from the European Union will bring back 350 million British Pounds to the island.

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Populists taking the regions hostage. It’s the new nationalism of the Right

by Alexander Görlach

Italy is increasingly distancing itself from the European Union. Once a proud founding member of the EU, the country’s new left-right populist government is already preparing itself to blame the coming economic disaster on Brussels. Matteo Salvini, now leader of the racist Lega-Nord, entered politics demanding Northern Italian independence from the less affluent south of the country. Now he claims that foreign powers are trying to destabilize the country and that they are willing to bet against Italy on the financial markets.

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Merkel’s Greatest Challenge

by Annabelle Luecker

Over the last few weeks, there has been much talk from numerous political commentators as well as spectators regarding the extent to which the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been hit by the political consequences of the Refugee Crisis.

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What to believe and what not?

by Julia Soleveva

Religions are bound by their own narratives of identity. very often they are challenged by different interpretations of social questions. Christianity nowadays, however, is debating one question, that defined and will define its very core of identity: did Jesus really rise from the dead?

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We will master the challenges of Artificial Intelligence

by Andrii Zahorodnii

Will AI take over the planet and destroy humankind or will it be to the best of men? All sorts of wild theories are out there. Time to check what really is to be expected from this next wave of technological development.

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A new hope for Mexico?

by Adam Wiaktor

On July 1st Mexico will elect a new president. As the polls indicate these days the winner’s name will be Andres Manuel López Obrador. His critics see in him a populist who will ultimately destroy Mexican democracy. Let’s try to make the case for the man.

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Partnership between European Horizons and Save Liberal Democracy

European Horizons and Save Liberal Democracy are happy to announce a partnership. Selected members of this distinguished think tank will contribute to the editorials published at SLD. Founded at Yale University in 2016, European Horizons has more than 60 chapters at universities throughout Europe and the United States.

Turkey is not a lost cause

by Alexander Görlach

The significant minority of Turks who didn’t vote for Mr Erdogan have almost become invisible to the rest of the world. But they haven’t vanished.

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