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Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke

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Mandatory Year of Service: Coerced Community?

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    23 January 2019    0

“This state is not for free,” said the recently-elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, promoting a mandatory year of service in the military or in the social sector for all 18-25 year-olds. The idea seems well-received among the population: a survey by (...)

MiFID II: Too much consumer protection?

by Alexander Fink, Benedikt Schmal, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    8 January 2020    0

The recently updated European Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, commonly abbreviated as MiFID II, is supposed to enhance consumers’ protection. Adjustments of regulatory background questions aside, the EU aims to improve “protection of investors by prohibiting the acceptance of (...)

Adjusting to Climate Change: Markets help

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    26 February 2020    0

Climate scientists warn against the possible consequences of anthropogenic climate change. Rising average temperatures make extreme weather, including draughts and floods, more likely; rising sea levels threaten populations in coastal regions. An international political agreement was to limit (...)

Packaging and the climate change

by Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    1 April 2020    0

Online shopping is increasingly popular. According to a survey from 2019, almost 90 percent of 25- to 44-year-olds had ordered something online during the previous three months. Even half of those aged 65 or more confessed they shopped online. However, online shopping is also criticised for (...)

Term limits for better governance?

by Alexander Fink, Kalle Kappner, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    3 June 2020    0

The next elections to the German Bundestag have been moved up to autumn 2021. At that moment, Angela Merkel will have served as chancellor for 16 years. As opposed to Helmut Kohl in the 1990s, she does not seek re-election. Nevertheless, her tenure – which has been extraordinarily long for a (...)

Pricey, Pricier, Pharmaceuticals in the US

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    1 July 2020    0

Five years ago, a US American hedge fund bought the distribution rights for Daraprim, a drug to cure AIDS. Overnight, the price went from $13.50 to $750.00. This price increase caused huge public outrage. Yet, high prices for pharmaceuticals are rather common in the US. No other healthcare (...)

Barely any European unicorns: What can the EU do?

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    2 September 2020    0

Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb: these are only few of the numerous companies which have fundamentally changed our lives with new technologies in recent years. While their business models differ, none of the stars come from Europe. Apart from the serial entrepreneurs at Rocket (...)

Significant progress: healthcare in poor countries

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    29 July 2020    0

Coronavirus has spread quickly across the globe. As a result, healthcare systems in several industrialised countries have been pushed to and beyond the verge of collapse. The virus has now also reached poorer countries in Africa. Although it spreads rather slowly there and hits a younger (...)

Corruption: Another Plague in Europe

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    30 September 2020    0

As a reaction to COVID-19, governments are making extensive financial aid available. However, beyond helping out households and companies in need, aid also attracts opportunists. Because of this, the OSCE is expecting corruption to increase. Yet, this danger differs across countries, even (...)

Old democracies, high incomes

by Alexander Fink, Benedikt Schmal, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    4 November 2020    0

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, comparing political and economic system appeared to have become a futile exercise. Western democracies had outperformed the socialist-communist social systems. Yet, thirty years later we see that no “End of History” has occurred, and that the fundamental (...)

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