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Dieser Blog bietet Ihnen Kommentare von Mitgliedern der E+Z-Redaktion zum aktuellen Geschehen. Pro Woche erscheinen ein bis zwei Beiträge. Die Leitfrage ist, ob etwas internationale Entwicklung fördert oder behindert. Der Blog erscheint nur auf Englisch.

von Hans Dembowski

In praise of taxes

The Paradise Papers and US President Donald Trump’s tax reform plans have generated lots of headlines internationally in recent weeks. Taxes are also high on the agenda of the negotiations that are meant to forge a new coalition government in Germany. All over the world, some commentators pretend that taxes are something evil, and that taxpayers are always overburdened. The idea that cutting taxes is always good is closely related to the idea that markets are always superior to state action.
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von Hans Dembowski

Climate change in the decline of the Roman Empire

Scholars’ understanding of history is changing as they increasingly consider environmental dimensions. Before the 1970s, hardly anyone worried about ecological issues, so historians did not pay attention to related topics. Today, however, the interest in climate change has grown dramatically, and it is increasingly understood that climate volatility had a huge impact on social and political life throughout the centuries.
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von Hans Dembowski

Kenya’s Supreme Court is unable to act at time of crisis

Kenya’s Supreme Court resumed responsibility in an irresponsible way, when it annulled the country’s presidential election in September. Voters will go to the polls tomorrow in an utterly confusing scenario. The rerun election is not a real election, because opposition leader Raila Odinga has told his supporters to boycott the event. Making matters worse, some may try to disrupt the election.
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