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Income and labor in the 21st century

To really understand the fundamental dynamics of today's labor market and the serious challenges that lie ahead, one must step back from the current debate as the greater part of the public discussion on work and income is still stuck in…

Why the West rules – for now

■ “HISTORY, n. An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.” This is the definition given by Ambrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary. It is a…

Il Muro Invisibile che resiste

I festeggiamenti per i 25 anni del crollo del Muro di Berlino, il 9 novembre 2014, si erano ancora svolti con un certo entusiasmo. Certo, la frattura tra Est e Ovest della Germania era già un problema di cui discutere, ma permaneva…

Berlin, thirty years on

“This will come into effect, as far as I know, immediately, right away,” stuttered a confused German Democratic Republic (GDR) spokesman, on November 9th, 1989, at a press conference after reading out in perfect technical jargon the new…