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Europe’s immigration bind: how to act morally while heeding the will of its people

Europe’s immigration bind: how to act morally while heeding the will of its people | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Liberal immigration policies can be enforced only by winning public support, not in spite of public opposition. Winning such support is not a chimera, there is no iron law that the public must be irrevocably hostile to immigration. Large sections of the public have become hostile because they have come to associate immigration with unacceptable change. That is why, paradoxically, the immigration debate cannot be won simply by debating immigration, nor the migration crisis solved merely by enacting migration policies. Anxieties about immigration are an expression of a wider sense of political voicelessness and disengagement. Until that underlying political problem is tackled, the arrival of migrants on Europe’s shores will continue to be seen as a crisis.
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Without any doubt, one of the best articles recently written on the refugee crisis in Europe.

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Pirate party makes a raid on German politics

Pirates are capturing Germany's political system.

 

Just like the Greens in the 1980s, the German Pirate Party is challenging the established parties and party structures. But just like the Greens they will become part of the system if they win more influence. As I already wrote in the early years (1984) of the Green party movement, Michels "Iron Law Of Oligarchy" still applies.

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Germany Breaks Its Own Record For Solar Power Generation

Germany Breaks Its Own Record For Solar Power Generation | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Grey skies aren't stopping Germany from continuing to smash solar power records.
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For a change some good news from the renewable energy sector.

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Positive Bilanz des Bundesumweltamtes – Industrie vermindert Kohlendioxid-Ausstoß

Positive Bilanz des Bundesumweltamtes – Industrie vermindert Kohlendioxid-Ausstoß | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Despite switching off 7 nuclear power stations and good economic growth, German industry reduced its carbon emissions by one percent in 2011. Critics of the nuclear phase-out had predicted big carbon increases. (Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung).

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