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.
by Pietro Galeone
Many look to Italy as the next big electoral riddle to crack. With national elections coming up on March 4th and a political arena as fragmented as rarely before, the outcome is far from predictable.
by Stella Liu
One of the great mistakes made by many observers of history is a mistaken belief in inevitability. People, when talking about the development of institutions over time, like to think that events could not have happened any other way and that the trend will continue indefinitely.
by Clemens Lukitsch
The French president Emmanuel Macron gets a lot of commendation these days. Liberals, conservatives and social democrats all praise the charismatic politician – but for different reasons.
by Egor Sychugov
Death is the only concept in the existence of humans that limits their supremacy over na-ture. Human life is valuable only because of death, just as time is valuable only when lim-ited. The presence of inevitable end extols the beginning, and death, ultimately taking everyone, is a kind of measure of reality for people — if there was no death, there would be no life, but only existence in time that we would not be able to sense.
by Alexander Görlach
The West appears to face its end. After seventy years of hegemony, a fundamental opposition carries the day in countless places. This opposition stands in stark denial of the core principles of citizenship and social liberties, which the West brought: tolerance of religious minorities, equality of man and women, free speech and openness to the variance of life-paths. Regarding the relations between peoples and nations, it’s “us first” again – from the US to Catalonia. Cosmopolitan thinking, which thinks of politics as a solution to global quests, is ridiculed.
Interview with Eeling Chiu
Being a human rights activist, Eeling Chiu was active in supporting Lee Ming-che, the first Taiwanese being sentenced to prison in the People’s Republic of China for allegedly engaging in activities against the state. SLD spoke to Eeling about the case of Lee Ming-che and human rights in China.
A conversation with Martin Eiermann
The rise of populism in Europe is not a fad, as Berkeley’s Martin Eiermann claims in a recent study on voting trends, conducted with Yascha Mounk and Limor Gultchin for the Tony Blair Institute. Their data shows that right-wing extremism has already changed Europe’s political landscape — and it is here to stay.
by Signe Janoska-Bedi
Clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer indicated a deep discord in American social identity but provided few immediate clues as to a solution. More specifically, the riots showed Americans that our increasingly inclusive society – certainly not yet inclusive enough – is under threat. Today’s level of political and social polarization reminds us of the Antebellum South, in context if not intensity.