Politics

In the heart of Leipzig: a new home for Sister Cities

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Leipzig opened its new Partnerstadt Quartier (sister city district) on Monday, May 9. Centrally located in Market Square, the Quartier is intended to be another important venue for Leipzig’s growing international community. It will be an open meeting point for the private and public actors who foster national and international city friendships. Opening speeches were

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War in Ukraine: shock but no surprise, fury but no fear

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  Is humanity the first to die in war? Truth is the first to die in times of cyber warfare and the curse of media-constructed reality. It turns out that the more living documentary evidence there is, the easier it is to deny and distort everything. The more obvious the truth, the easier it is

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Does diversity threaten our democracy?

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[Sponsored post] On Friday, 8 April, the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen (DAIS) presents a book launch and discussion by Dr. Yascha Mounk. In his new book, “The Great Experiment: How diversity threatens and enriches democracy”, Dr. Mounk discusses the challenges faced by multi-ethnic societies. He also offers suggestions on how these societies might deal with globalization,

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Embargoing Russian oil: the Mother of all Sanctions

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The European Union and other Western governments have levied unprecedented sanctions on Russia following Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Russian central bank is one of the entities sanctioned, which will likely make Russia go into default. This will mean that it cannot pay its international creditors because its assets are frozen. However, the mother

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Putin’s War on Ukraine

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On 24 February, Russian forces invaded Ukraine as her citizens slept. Ukrainian women and children fled across the borders to safety. The men stayed behind and lined up to receive arms and basic training, thrust into voluntary military service to defend their country. As the world looked on in growing horror, Russian president, Vladimir Putin,

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Germany’s response to the war on Ukraine

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On 28 February, Chancellor Scholz announced the creation of a special €100bn fund to support the Bundeswehr. He also committed to raising Germany’s military spending to 2% of its GPD. This is a 35% overnight increase, and he proposed enshrining this figure in the constitution. The decision was applauded by Bundestag members and political commentators

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