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von Sabine Balk

Remarkable stories

A lot is said and written about the so-called refugee crisis that came upon Germany in summer 2015. In my view it is very sad that everybody, especially politicians and media, always used the expression “crisis”. It was missed out that there were people like you and me involved – and still are – on both sides. People had to flee devastating wars or unacceptable conditions, and on the other side there were people welcoming the ones in need, helping and taking care of them.
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von Katja Dombrowski

G20 summit did too much damage

The G20 summit left not only German citizens and politicians wondering if it was all worth it. On the one hand, there are only meagre tangible results. Unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump did not change his mind regarding the Paris Agreement. Disagreements on trade could not be ironed out. The G20 Partnership with Africa was launched but is neither very ambitious nor binding.
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von Hans Dembowski

An erratic superpower is dangerous

On Sunday, the US military shot down a Syrian aircraft. As a response, Russia has threatened to consider a target any plane that belongs to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS. Moreover, Russia has stopped the exchange of information with the US that served to prevent an escalation of the conflict. There now is a real risk of US forces clashing with Russian ones. The greater risk, however, is that the US may get involved in combat with Iranian forces and, ultimately, dragged into war in that country.
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von Hans Dembowski

Private donors must not be allowed to distort public policy

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing important work to stem diseases and enhance global food security. It relies on vast funding from billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The Open Society Foundations are promoting human rights, democracy and science in many countries, relying on vast funding from billionaire George Soros. The One Campaign is putting pressure on the governments of prosperous nations to increase official development assistance. Among its leaders is rock star Bono who launched it, involved other philanthropists and attracted support from the Gates Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.
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