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Why is there no socialism in the USA?

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USA President Donald Trump.

The question has haunted scholars, socialists and socialist scholars for one and a half centuries. So we also give it a try (or eight).

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Shakeup of CDU Saxony, courtesy of AfD

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Can a Petry-led faction distance themselves significantly from the AfD to win over enough CDU voters and politicians? The next 18 months will be a dry run for this possibility, threatening the traditional progressiveness of Leipzig in the process.

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Catalonia and Spain: it’s complicated

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When asked why they want independence, many Catalans say they have their own language and culture. Yesterday, Spain disagreed by force.

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It’s time to take the right wing seriously

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The rise of the right wing and why we need to discuss issues rather than just calling them Nazis. (Photo: public domain)

“I don’t know how to defeat the AfD, but I have the feeling that calling them Nazis is not going to help, as this will further deflect from the real issues at stake.”

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The day after: German election results in summary

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Angela Merkel remains Chancellor with German election results. (Photo: public domain)

“Like everyone today, I’ve been grappling with the election results. Friends overseas asked me for an insider overview and I found myself writing many long emails. So here are some facts I put together as an article.”

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A clear view of democracy at the Reichstag

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Even if you can't vote or are not interested in German politics, there are many good reasons to visit the Reichstag, parliament building in heart of Berlin. (Photo: public domain)

On our visit, my friend and I saw the sun set. The glass and mirrors of the Reichstag dome caught and magnified the glow. And as we peered down through the many slices of reflected light, we could see the blue chairs where Germany’s political representatives make their laws.

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