Size doesn’t matter

Brandenburg, a German state surrounding the countries capital Berlin, scrapped its planned local government reform last week. In an attempt to modernize the state’s local administration the planned reform centered on a commonly cited but outdated receipt: downsizing of staff size through merger of administrative units. Economies of scale is the economic rational behind this […]... Read More

Welcome to the new New Square

After some felt three years of stop-amd-go renovation the New Square (новая площадь) in Moscows city center shows up with his new fresh face (pictured below). Plenty of new space for pedestrians, including bench to take a rest and a look on another pending renovation side: the technical museum, which is located in the middle […]... Read More

Vergangenheitskultur and 100 years of October Revolution

Two prime time serials on Russias Channel One are indicative of the countries official Vergangenheitskultur regarding the October revolution which happened exactly 100 years ago. Perception of the back then Red Russian revolution is ambivalent in contemporary Moscow. On the one hand some selected protagonists, such as of course Lenin,  are omnipresent: Leninskiy avenue, Lenin library, Lenin […]... Read More

The wow-effect

Having a swimming workout in Moscow’s  1980 Olympic Summer Games pool will yield the wow effect. Since then the pool has been open to the public.  Grab your medical certificate, slippers, swimming cap (you will not forget your googles, and trousers, won’t you), buy a ticket for 450 roubles (peak hours, early birds will catch […]... Read More
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Kurz kommentiert: Bundestagswahl 2017, Teil 2

Das ist der zweite Teil meines gestrigen Vortrags zur Wahl des Deutschen Bundestags 2017 an der Higher School of Economics: (Teil 1: siehe unten) Allgemeine Schlussfolgerungen 1. Wahlumfragen verlieren immer mehr ihre Fähigkeit, Stimmungen und Meinungen in der Bevölkerung unverzerrt abzubilden. Das hat methodische Gründe. Und das hat politische Gründe. Meinungen, die von der Auffassung […]... Read More
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Kurz kommentiert: Bundestagswahl 2017

Dr. Julia Pasko, Associate Professor an der Higher School of Economics, hatte mich gestern Abend eingeladen, an Ihrem Deutsch-Klub teilzunehmen und die Bundestagswahl 2017 zu kommentieren. In ihrem Deutsch-Klub am Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprache an der HSE treffen sich alle zwei Wochen Studenten und Dozenten der HSE, dem ebenfalls renommierten Institut für Internationale Beziehungen […]... Read More