NEWS + ANALYSIS
OLIVER MARC HARTWICH

NEWS + ANALYSIS

THE WELFARE STATE IS ENSLAVING EUROPEAN WORKERS

July 23, 2014 | by Oliver Marc Hartwich

For the Germans, July 8 was a good day. Not just because it also happened to be your columnist’s birthday or because of Germany’s emphatic 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup, but because this year, it also marked Germany’s Tax Freedom Day. Until then, theoretically all that the average German earned in income over the year was taxed away by government. Now Germans can actually start earning money for themselves for the rest of the year.

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ATHENS 2014 IS NOT SARAJEVO 1914

March 17, 2014 | by Oliver Marc Hartwich

This year may not turn out to be a historic year for Europe but one thing is certain: it will be a year full of historical commemorations. All in one, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, the centenary of the First World War – and the 5th year of the euro crisis. The 100th anniversary of the Great War of 1914 to 1918 will especially spark an unprecedented sequence of events, speeches and publications. Hundreds of new books in virtually every European language will be released this year – each trying to shed some new light on the original catastrophe of the 20th century. Heads of state and government from all nations that were involved in the War will come together for commemorative services and summits. Academic conferences will round off the collective march into one of world history’s grimmest chapters.

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