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How terrorists are made

January 29, 2016

Terrorist attacks, such as the shootings and bombings across Paris in November 2015 leave us with fear and loathing, but above all, with incomprehension. We cannot understand what motivates people to indiscriminately kill others; and most often, we don’t want to understand. Our author, however, argues that we should endeavour to understand terrorists – he believes this is the only way we can tackle the causes of violence. [more]

Jurisprudence

“Legitimacy, transparency and a consistent jurisprudence are the benchmarks for an arbitration system”

December 10, 2015

The TTIP Agreement is highly controversial in the public opinion in Europe and especially in Germany. First and foremost the opponents criticize the intended arbitration process for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). By the supporters it is considered as a general practice. [more]

Jurisprudence

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Investment arbitration in the light of TTIP – a sensible instrument?

December 10, 2015

An opinion article from Jürgen Basedow [more]

Climate Research

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"The demands have been tabled, it is now up to the politicians to act"

November 29, 2015

The UN climate summit in Paris begins on November 30. What expectations do politicians and scientists have of this major event? What challenges does global warming present for humanity at a global and local level? Jochem Marotzke and Martin Claußen, Directors at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, discussed these issues at the Max Planck Länderforum with Hamburg’s science minister Katharina Fegebank and Oliver Geden from the “Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik” in Berlin. [more]

Jurisprudence . Social and Behavioural Sciences

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"If the European Union wants to be a single market, it also must jointly regulate external access."

October 05, 2015

The profound influx of refugees has plunged the EU asylum system into a crisis. In this interview, Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy talks about " the results of a new study on the social protection rights of refugees in Europe. [more]

Social and Behavioural Sciences

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How fictional expectations drive the dynamics of economic developments

August 06, 2015

The financial crisis reached its apogee in the autumn of 2008: the market for mortgage-backed securities from US mortgage loans imploded. Investors who had made what they thought were safe investments in securities, suddenly found themselves facing massive losses. The writedowns required and the payments due from credit insurance policies brought the financial system to the brink of collapse in a very short space of time. [more]

 
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