Ideas on Europe

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Monthly Archives: December 2015

An die Männer mit Entscheidungsmacht an der LMU München: Gleichstellung jetzt, denn es wird 2016!

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2008 schrieb der Präsident der LMU München, Prof. Dr. Bernd Huber, in einem Editorial der LMU-Zeitung: “Das Ziel lautet Gleichstellung“. Nach eineinhalb Jahren hier an der Uni und nach etwa einem Jahr als eine der stellvertretenden Frauenbeauftragten meiner Fakultät kann ich nach allem was ich sehe und höre nur sagen: das Ziel ist verfehlt! Ändern müssen das die […]

Should rights be submitted to referendum? (You won’t find the answer here)

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Earlier this year, many of us felt proud of Ireland. 62% of Irish people voted to proclaim marriage equality in the national constitution. Ireland, a country of profound Catholic roots, had become the first country to recognise at the constitutional level the right to marriage regardless of sexual orientation. It was very good news for those who believe […]

Will old people decide the EU referendum?

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Although they will have to live with the decision for longer than anyone else, young people will have the least say on whether Britain stays in the EU. Ironically, what is arguably the world’s oldest unelected group of legislators – the House of Lords – voted recently to give 16-to-17-year-olds a vote in the EU […]

Are Europeans racist?

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If you are not European enough but nevertheless have been living in Europe, and especially in Western Europe, for a while, it is almost impossible not to hear the following statement: “Europeans are racist.” It is an echo of Palestine-born American literary critic Edward Said’s famous conclusion that he arrived in his classic book Orientalism: “Every European, in what […]

Britain is leaving the EU, says Daily Express. Really?

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So, according to the front page of today’s Daily Express, the EU referendum result is already done and dusted and Britain has decided to leave. Really? Yes, a majority of voters want Britain to quit the EU, if the results of a poll by Survation are to be believed. (Readers here will remember that last […]

Imagine all the people

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Benedict Anderson most certainly did not think of football when he published his compact masterpiece Imagined Communities in the early 1980s. Yet I cannot think of another book that has been quoted or referred to as often by football researchers from all over Europe and beyond. For me Imagined Communities certainly was a major eye-opener, and I remain grateful for the thought-provoking […]