Bonn. It’s scary

Actually, I had written this entry right after the last one on tuesday. But somehow it got lost in the digital Nirwana. So here is a shortened version. Don’t bother to complain qbout spelling mistakes as I am currently in Paris, typing on a French keyboard. But you’re actually not entitled to that piece of […]

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George W. Bush’s NY Times quote of the day

„I’m not going to stake any American life on trusting Saddam!“ There might be advantages to getting rid of Saddam. But does anynoe really believe it’s going to happen without American casualties? Please…

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Are you sitting. Good. Don’t get up.

OK, it’s just a spam message I just received. But this one is actually really funny. I just wish I could believe. The message was: „Dear Friend, I hate to exercise, but, like anyone, I want to stay in shape and look my best. I was amazed to discover the Sit & Slim Workout Exercise […]

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New Economy. Does it really look that old?

Sometimes I am simply depressed to which extent indirect perception, ie the way we think about the stuff out there which we can’t sense ourselves, is shaped by people whose perceptions are themselves shaped by the very same mechanism. Let’s face it, it’s not really the case that the amount of possible interpretations of „reality“ […]

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Bye, bye, Neuer Markt

Deutsche Boerse, the main German stock market operator today announced that the Neuer Markt (new market) would be dumped by the end of the year. It’s a widely welcomed and probably useful decision to get rid of a market and respective index that has plunged for 2 1/2 years in a row. Fair enough, what […]

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The strange story of Vivendi Universal

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at my last case in business school. But I am pretty sure, my successors today will certainly, sooner or later, be looking at a case study concerning the making and breaking of Vivendi Universal. There might even be two solutions to that case, one written back in autumn […]

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A deeper rift? Some context…

Firstly, a noteworthy article by Robert Kagan concerning the fundamental policy-style differences between Europe and the US, published in May in the Washington Post. Secondly, The Economist’s analysis of these differences. Thirdly, a paper called „Mutual Perceptions“ by Peter Rudolf of the German Institute for Foreign and Strategic Policy (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin), […]

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Civil Rights.

After watching two hours of CIA action on the silver screen I found this interesting collection of right-restricting measures introduced throghout Western world in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 on Economist.com.

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The Bourne Identity

Can you believe it – Franka Potente is the German movie industry’s darling to the extent that cinemas have scheduled an additional 0:01 showing on the opening day of her latest film, „The Bourne Identity“ in which she is acting alongside Matt Damon. Potente plays Marie Kreutz, a Swiss-German loafer who happens to open her […]

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Somebody help me, I don’t quite understand

This entry is about the „poisoned relations“ (Condoleeza Rice, Sept 21) between the US administration and the old (and new) German government. OK, I can understand a certain confusion about the comments allegedly made by (now former) Justice Minister Herta Däubler-Gmelin (not Interior Minister, as Ms Rice indicated in the interview on Sept 21.). According […]

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Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.

Believe it or not, this weeek of travel diary, easily consumable blog-entries is nearing its end. I guess it’s hard to have a bad time in New York, and I am no exception to that rule. I met friends of old days, and I made new ones. I love metropoles. There’s always something to discover. […]

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Minority report: ‚Signs‘

Apparently, most people like ‚Signs‘, Mel Gibson’s latest film. An IMDB.com rating of 7.5 is illustrative. But I don’t. Why? Because it’s simply a bad film. I am right, and the others are wrong. Has anyone ever heard of vampire style bad-guy aliens able to fly zillions of miles in warp-speed-vehicles with the intention to […]

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Ground Zero. Again.

Webcam viev of Ground Zero. I hate it to write entries twice. The first version of this one was killed in the lovely Apple Falgship Store in Soho earlier this afternoon by my failure to honour the subtle differences in operating OS X (Ctrl & C resp. V on a PC is Apple & C […]

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For a small fee in America

I’m in SoHo and it’s raining. Earlier this afternoon I went to the New Museum of Modern Art, 583 Broadway. and it was funny. To me, most modern art is funny. However, the museum features an amazing bookshop. It’s very selective, definitely no Amazon.com – but it’s definitely worth a look. After the museum I […]

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Me & NYC,

It’s sunday morning, and I am sitting in a coffee shop on Tompkin Square Park in New York’s East Village writing my first blog entry from abroad. Actually, there’s not a lot to be said as of yet. Yesterday night, I drank my first beer out of a paper bag, in the middle of Williamsburg […]

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is a day only very few people will be able to remember. I hardly could until I forced myself to. It was on that day, only three days after I first came to the United States, that I went up to the „Top of the World“ as the visitor platform of the World Trade Centre […]

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We’re riven

So we loved, then we cried then we hid our hearts for too much time but I don’t believe we’re riven I’ll be bold, stand your wrath I’ll be like steel and I will love cause I won’t believe we’re riven. Nice chorus, no?

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America pissed off?

The last few days have witnessed histerical German media. Apparently, the US administration is not amused by the chancellor stating his disapproval for an invasion of Iraq as clearly as possible. A lot of analysts think that the US are right to be pissed off because they think that Schroeder is simply using the topic […]

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Showtime

Today, 20:15, the second part of the long awaited duel between the chancellor and his challenger. On a tv screen near you. Enjoy if you don’t expect to learn anything.

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1+1=2?

1 : Enlightening, isn’t it? Well, think of it that way: This week’s edition of „Die Zeit“ features an interview with Samuel Huntington (reminder: „Clash of Civilisations“). Huntington basically states that a relatively young demographic structure is a necessary, albeit not sufficient condition for countries to be aggressive. Older people usually sit in comfortable chairs […]

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In a nutshell: The differences between property and intellectual property.

From Brad DeLong’s Semi Daily Journal – David Weinberger said something very reasonable about intellectual property: All contending parties agree, I believe, that (1) the goal is to build a marketplace that encourages innovation and (2) that the way to do that is to let the market reward innovation. Unfortunately, to spread the value of […]

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I like Britain.

Seriously, I do. Some very good friends of mine are from the island and I lived in their capital and volunteered in the mother of Parliaments. Nontheless, I have to quote this article from the Observer. It’s an old one, but given the Anglo-German tradition of (in these days) humorous bashing, there was no way […]

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Iraq. Or not Iraq. Is that really the question?

Brink Lindsey of the conservative US Cato Institute has made an important point in the introduction to his blogentry justifying the looming US invasion of Iraq. He says that only very few of us have access to classified information. Quite true. But this point begs another important question. Does that really matter? If the services […]

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User’s guide to buying votes in Germany

Ebay is definitely faster than political scientists. The latter still have to finally decide whether voting is rational. Actually, from a strict rational choice perspective, it isn’t. The infinitesimal decision making power of any individual vote cast in general elections does not justify the amount of resources committed to the act of voting. But still, […]

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