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How Covid conspiracy theories can be explained and why understanding them is so important?

During the ongoing Covid-Pandemic conspiracy theories seem more prominent in public than ever before. A recent research paper by Gemenis (2021) deals with Covid conspiracy theories and scepticism and tries to explain how these beliefs came to be. In his paper, Gemenis conducts an online survey in Greece in which he asks a variety ofContinue reading “How Covid conspiracy theories can be explained and why understanding them is so important?”

Now, everybody panic!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “panic”? Most of us probably imagine pictures of running people, screaming and chaos. Panic is something that is feared, something to be avoided at all costs, because social boundaries are cut, people act with animalistic selfishness and no coordinated effortsContinue reading “Now, everybody panic!”

How European asylum policy altered the national public opinion and why we have to be aware of it

Migration is not a new phenomenon. It has always been a very current issue around the world. It is either voluntary, to improve one’s socio-economic status, or it could be forced migration – initiated by governments, religious/political groups, or other actors. As the migration crisis in 2015 was mainly placed in the EU, I argueContinue reading “How European asylum policy altered the national public opinion and why we have to be aware of it”

Is the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier really that sensitive?

In a column in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Heribert Prantl praises the German president for the sensitivity he has shown in his speeches. “Frank-Walter Steinmeier gives speeches that hardly anyone would have believed him capable of: courageous, sensitive, powerful in history. A democratic patriot in the fight against the right.” This describes how Steinmeier spoke withContinue reading “Is the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier really that sensitive?”

Why is Armin Laschet, the CDU Candidate for Germany’s Chancellorship, wrong about Hans Georg Maaßen?

In a recent interview, the Chancellorship-Candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Germany, Armin Laschet, vehemently defended his fellow party member and former head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service (Verfassungsschutz) Hans Georg Maaßen. Laschet said that Maaßen is neither a right-wing extremist nor an anti-Semite. However, why was this topic even part of theContinue reading “Why is Armin Laschet, the CDU Candidate for Germany’s Chancellorship, wrong about Hans Georg Maaßen?”

The Marmara Sea is dying.

“The Black Sea is much cleaner than Marmara. When the canal is built in Istanbul, the rivers flowing into the Black Sea will mix with the Marmara. This will increase the water quality in the Marmara and end the sea saliva (Musilage).” The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu said. The Canal Istanbul projectContinue reading “The Marmara Sea is dying.”

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