London Falling?

  As talks of a ‘hard’ Brexit are becoming louder, the City of London is fearing for its status as Europe’s leading financial centre. The prospect of Britain leaving the EU’s single market threatens the...

A Future in Standby for Brazil

In 1941, Stephan Zweig, a prominent Austrian writer of the 20th century, wrote extensively about the “Country of the Future”. He referred himself to Brazil, the nation he chose to go to in 1941. More...

Don’t ask what You can do for Nature… but what Nature can do...

Environmentalists have tirelessly pointed to the global environmental degradation. Many ecosystems such as wetlands, boreal areas and coral reefs have disappeared due to industrialization, modern infrastructure and agriculture. But at what cost? Payment for...
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Is Human Workforce Destroyed by Machines?

Humans have come a long way since the division of labour and specialisation. However, the 4th industrial revolution and digitalisation of homes are knocking on our front doors and affecting virtually everyone living in...
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Defying Logic

Algorithms have shaped the contemporary public political discourse in a manner we have only witnessed with the invention of printing. Logically operating systems and Social Media enabled us to witness the world unfiltered, and...

Zypern: Das Ende der Spaltung?

Am 14. September 2016 ist der zypriotische Friedensprozess in eine neue Phase eingetreten. Der Präsident der Republik Zypern, Nikos Anastasiades und der Präsident der Türkischen Republik Nordzypern, Mustafa Akinci haben wichtige Diskussionen über die Zukunft der gespaltenen...

De l’Intellectuel médiatique français

Né de l’Affaire Dreyfus et du célèbre « J’accuse ! » de l’écrivain Emile Zola, le terme « intellectuel » n’a cessé de fasciner l’opinion publique aussi bien que la scène littéraire française. L’intellectuel, que l’on pourrait définir par...

“We Should Never Give Up Hope”

For two years now, the refugee crisis has dominated the news. The European Union and UN agencies responsible for humanitarian aid have been heavily criticized for failing to deliver adequate responses. We...

Vienna Migration Conference Report

Migration is about people. The ICMPD’s motto was boldly displayed all over the venue, the beautiful Hofburg Palace, ready to welcome international dignitaries, politicians and international organisations alike to its annual migration conference.   The two...

Behind the Facade: Women’s Rights in India

Ambassador Jutta Stefan-Bastl has seen incremental improvements in the situation of women in India but there is still dramatic disparity between legislation and practice. For centuries, deeply ingrained religious and cultural beliefs have disempowered Indian women, confronting them with a...