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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Hans Dembowski

“The oceans are rising, and so war we”

I joined the March for Science in Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon. It was not a huge rally. According to the local police, some 2500 people attended. That was about the same number that joined the Women’s March in Frankfurt on 21 January, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the USA. In most places, including Washington D.C., where the main rally took place, the Science March was apparently much smaller than the Women’s March.
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by Hans Dembowski

Why “Marshall Plan” is a contentious term

Gerd Müller, Germany’s federal minister for economic cooperation and development, wants to launch a “Marshall Plan with Africa”. The idea is to boost development in a major coherent effort, involving many governments as well as the private sector and civil society. Some potential African partners, however, object to the term “Marshall Plan”. They consider it a misnomer that indicates a bossy attitude.
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by Hans Dembowski

Faith leaders must emphasise peace

Last week, I attended the annual conference that Germany’s Protestant faith-based organisations hold on international development. This time, the topic was state agencies’ growing interest in cooperating with leaders of all major religions, for example, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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by Hans Dembowski

Politics of fear in Uttar Pradesh

Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, has two faces. Internationally, he likes to play the role of the reformer who intends to modernise India’s economy. Domestically, however, he also excels in the role of the Hindu chauvinist. This is the one he played first, and his choice for the chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh (UP), India’s most populous state with over 200 million people, proves that it matters to him very much.
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by Sabine Balk

If Turkish leaders want serious debate, they are welcome

The attitude of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards Germany, the Netherlands and the European Union has become an absurd stage play. In the run-up to the constitutional referendum, in which Turkish voters will decide whether their head of state will get more power, Erdogan is reacting aggressively to every opponent and potential opponent. Now he sees enemies not only in his own country, but all over Europe.
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by Hans Dembowski

Germans’ unwitting racism

According to a UN panel, people of African descent suffer racial discrimination in their daily lives in Germany, but the general public is not aware of the matter. To assess matters, the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent spent a week in the Federal Republic. Its five members visited eight cities in all parts of the country and met with government officials, civil-society activists and representatives of human-rights institutions.
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