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Moscow State University at night

Moscow State University’s (MSU) main building, located at Sparrow Hills south of Moscow river, offers an exciting view both at day and night-time. Constructed from 1949 to 1953, it kept the record of being the tallest building in Europe until the 1980ies. And it is still the tallest higher education facility on the globe. A […]... Read More
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Moscow Swimming Championships

Moscow’s annual swimming championships on the long course (50m) have been taking place from March 13-16, at CK Olympisky, the former Olympic pool next to Metro station Prospekt mira. Demonstrating strong performance in the competition will yield sportmen and women a ticket for the Moscow team within the Russian national team. Day 3 in the […]... Read More

Proactivity v muddling-through

In a post from in October last year (2017) I praised Paris city government’s plans to ban diesel-engine cars from entering the Paris capital. But in a blog post yesterday, 6 months later, in Feb 2018, I argue that imposing diesel bans to combat polluted air in German cities is neither a novel idea nor […]... Read More

Vote where it suits you most

On March 18, presidential elections will take place in Russia. Today, I saw a poster sticker in the metro. It reads (own translation): “Vote where it is convenient for you! Application takes less than 5 minutes. If on March 18 you will not be around your residential adress, or you are not registered at all, […]... Read More
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City bans on diesel-engine cars – is this a public sector innovation?

Features picture: Volkswagen Passat Variant syncro. Source: Volkswagen Media Services. The German federal administrative court today ruled that municipalities in Germany may impose bans on diesel-powered cars to combat polluted air. City bans on diesel-engine cars – is this a public sector innovation? In a public management context an innovation is a novel and useful […]... Read More
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Take me to the underground

Amid waiting for a new federal government Germany’s sees talk about how to free community members in most larger cities, such as Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Bonn, and Cologne, from polluted air induced by excessive use of fuel based cars. Free use of public transportation is one potential policy solution to this complex issue. Nudging people […]... Read More