Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  1. A Clash of Western Civilizations

    Diana Pinto

    A Clash of Western Civilizations


     warns that the debate over refugees is weakening democratic countries' foundational principles.

    European Union star insignia painted on concrete wall. barbiez/Flickr

    Images from the refugee crisis in Europe have sparked a surge of commentary about the “two Europes” – one welcoming, one forbidding. The truth is that disagreements over whether countries should take in refugees are symptomatic of a deep rift within the Western world. READ MORE

  2. Escape from Mecca

    Nile Green

    Escape from Mecca


     urges Muslim countries to introduce alternative pilgrimages to the hajj.


    Once again, hundreds of people have been trampled to death in Mecca, where the infrastructure cannot cope with the huge number of pilgrims who make the hajj each year. If Muslim countries want to reduce the carnage, they should promote neglected shrines in their own territories. READ MORE

  3. Volkswagen and the Future of Honesty

    Peter Singer

    Volkswagen and the Future of Honesty


     believes that corporate behavior like the carmaker's emissions ruse will become increasingly rare.

    Volkswagen logo on car anterior.

    In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, cynics might say that lofty talk of "business ethics" is intended only to camouflage the pursuit of profit. Yet the company’s behavior is odd, because, even – or especially – by the standard of profit maximization, its software ruse was an extraordinarily reckless gamble. READ MORE

  4. Life After Schengen

    Bill Emmott

    Life After Schengen


     warns that border-free travel is now undermining the core EU principle of free movement of people.

    Europe border check. Artur WidakNurPhoto/ZUMA Press

    Throughout Europe’s refugee crisis, which has been building for well over two years now, warnings about the threat to the EU's precious Schengen Area of border-free travel have proliferated. But, at a time of diminished confidence in the EU, would reimposing border controls be such a bad thing? READ MORE

  5. The Limits of the German Promised Land

    Hans-Werner Sinn

    The Limits of the German Promised Land


     provides a dose of realism about the country's capacity to absorb migrants.

    Two refugee children in Germany. Michael TrammerPacific Press/ZUMA Wire

    In order to avert chaos, Germany has no choice but to impose restrictions on the influx of migrants. Doing so will allow Germany to concentrate on the task at hand: providing those granted refugee status the schooling and language lessons they will need to allow them to find employment as quickly as possible. READ MORE


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