Is money enough to win a war? – On the liberal dilemma of compulsory military service

The biggest problem Vladimir Putin currently faces is that he's running out of soldiers. The U.S. Defense Department believes that as many as 80,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded since the Kremlin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine less than six months ago.  A general mobilization would allow the Kremlin to recruit from the population at large. … Continue reading Is money enough to win a war? – On the liberal dilemma of compulsory military service

Energy problems? We will solve them!

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine is clearly noticeable in many ways throughout Europe. The strongest impact (apart from the horrors of the war in Ukraine itself) is on energy. Germany, for example, triggered the "alarm stage" of its emergency gas plan this week in response to falling Russian supplies. "We must not fool ourselves: … Continue reading Energy problems? We will solve them!

Why is the EU bad at military defence?

Over the past decade, the US, Russia and China significantly increased their defence budgets. / Source: European Commission If it is true that the European Union is a common living space, who would defend that habitat if attacked?  A European Union army would be the obvious answer. But there is no such army. There are essentially … Continue reading Why is the EU bad at military defence?

How to save democracy and the climate with the same idea

China is a dictatorship. Most recent evidence: Human rights groups say that China has detained more than one million Uyghurs (a mostly Muslim ethnic group in the north-western region of Xinjiang) against their will over the past few years in what the Chinese state calls "re-education camps" and sentenced hundreds of thousands to prison terms.  What can … Continue reading How to save democracy and the climate with the same idea