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People claim what they wish for. And without a doubt, many – perhaps all of us – are seeking for strength and stability in their lives, especially when we live in a time of the greatest turmoil since WWII. Politicians are no exemption from this rule. And both might have been the reason why Theresa… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt

Currently, all British citizens are still citizens of the European Union. However, with far-right Tories heading to a hard Brexit, a “bankrupt” British electoral system in favour of the big parties and with a political leader of the major opposition party indifferent on Brexit, it all looks like British citizens will be robbed of their… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt

Clearly, there is an open vacancy to be filled in Great Britain: a positive, pro-European political leader for all Remainers in the United Kingdom. The voter base right from the start: 16 million plus! In France, Emmanuel Macron is currently showing how you can attract millions of people with a positive and pro-European message. But… » read more

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The snap general election is, once again, about the United Kingdom remaining part of – or leaving – the European Union. Essentially, it’s not about anything else! It’s not as if the British prime minister really gave any other reasons when appearing before cameras last Tuesday to announce a general election for Britain’s House of… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt

Something is in motion in Europe. For several weeks now, thousands of people in Germany have taken to the streets to rally FOR a united Europe. A married couple from Frankfurt started a citizens’ initiative under the banner “Pulse of Europe”. The movement was triggered by the outcome of the British referendum and the American… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt

We are used to think that Fascism somehow belongs to the past, something that somehow is gone. But I don’t think that this is appropriate anymore. The last months have shown that Fascism seems to be very much alive, probably in a new way. Some of the typical characteristics of Fascism are having a very… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt

On 31 October 1517, 499 years ago, the Augustinian monk Martin Luther from Wittenberg sent his Ninety-Five Theses, harshly criticizing the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences. This would become the starting point of the Reformation. The intention was to fundamentally reform Latin Christendom and the Church. The result, however, was a schism. It led… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt

The previous article published a few days ago describes the political developments in Poland during the last 12 months. This one is focussing on Poland’s future. However, in light of recent developments, it makes sense to remind ourselves of the contributions to democracy made by some great Europeans in the past. European democracy and the… » read more

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Posted by Oliver H. Schmidt