Posted on 17. July 2015 by Lukas Brueck and Leticia Diez Sanchez The lack of political engagement among the young and not-so-young is a frequent topic of discussion in contemporary democracies. The world we live in, a complex set of political entities with their corresponding complex institutional frameworks, has become difficult to understand (and to follow, … Continue reading Citizenship education and the private sphere
Posted on 14. February 2014 by Lukas Brück Feeling German has always been a foreign concept to me. I have never sensed the need to wave the German flag, to hug complete strangers when the national football team wins a game or to sing along to the national anthem. I do not define myself through my … Continue reading Don’t confuse me with my country: “being German”
Posted on 05. December 2013 by Lukas Brück According to a recent study by the German institute for economic research (DIW), people in Germany haven’t been more contented in the last 30 years as now. It seems as if there is no awareness about the crisis in Europe and the European Union within the German electorate. … Continue reading „Uns geht es gut!“ – So what?
Posted on 05. March 2013 by Lukas Brück Have you heard about the directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the award of concession contracts? No? No problem, none of my friends and fellow students here in Aberystwyth, Wales heard about it either. Privatization of formerly state owned companies did already happen in … Continue reading Water, a multi-billion-euro business
Posted on 25. September 2012 by Lukas Brück The European Union was created under the liberal basic assumption that shared institutions and judicial patterns of behavior and relations are to the benefit of all countries. But is this assumption correct? What is required to solve and come out of this current crisis stronger than before? First, … Continue reading Should we let Germany sink – or should we save it alongside the whole of Europe?