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SCRIPTS in the Media

"The fundamental values of the EU are increasingly being contested, not only in Central and Easter Europe."

Co-director Tanja A. Börzel gave an interview to the Georgian Institute of Political Sciences, a non-profit, non-partisan Thinktank based in Tbilisi. Börzel evaluates Georgia's diminishing prospects for an EU membership and the backsliding on democracy among the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the impact of broader international relations on the level of EU engagement with Georgia and other Eastern European countries. Even if Georgia's membership is unlikely in the near future, the expert on EU politics says that "existing research shows that a credible membership perspective is pretty much the only thing that can effectively support democratization processes". Read the full interview in English or see the video recording here .

Sep 07, 2021

"The Chinese path has never been a realistic, let alone a desirable option for Russia"

Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Tobias Rupprecht has written a commentary for the blog "Russland verstehen" (Understanding Russia), in which he analyses Gorbachev's economic policies and opposes the view voiced by today's Russian leadership that the Soviet Union should have followed the Chinese model of state-controlled markets instead of liberalising. "Russland verstehen" is a project by the federally funded think tank "Zentrum Liberale Moderne". Read the article here . It is only available in German.

Sep 03, 2021

Has the course of corona policy been sufficiently negotiated?

Principal Investigator Stephan Gosepath , along with other social scientists, was asked to comment on the course of corona related policies in Germany. Topics are the necessariness of lockdowns, political consensus and the question of a mandatory vaccination. Read the full article by the public radio station Deutschlankfunk or listen to it here . Available only in German.

Sep 02, 2021

Why the Hamburg 2G model is an opportunity

Principal Investigator Steffan Mau comments on the "2G model" (vaccinated or recovered) advocated by Hamburg's authorities. The report is only available in German and is behind a paywall .

Aug 25, 2021

"Borders consolidate privileges"

While borders are becoming more permeable for the privileged, the globalisation paradigm of liquefying borders is an illusion for many people: Borders become more digitalized and fortified than ever, says Principal Investigator Steffen Mau in an interview discussing his new book, "Sortiermaschinen. Die Neuerfindung der Grenze im 21. Jahrhundert" ( Sorting machines. The reinvention of the border in the 21st century ). Read the full interview on Humboldt University press portal here . The interview is available in both German and English. Listen to another interview with Steffen Mau on his book "Sortiermaschinen" on the public radio station Radioeins here and on the public radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur here . Both audio interviews are available only in German. 

Aug 24, 2021

"The Greens put more emphasis on human rights than the other mainstream parties, which might affect Germany’s approach to Russia, and to a lesser extent, Poland and Hungary"

Principal Investigators Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse were asked by the news platform Emerging Europe about the German parliamentary elections and the impact of the Greens, who will likely be part of Germany’s next government, on foreign policy in Europe, Nord Stream 2 and Germany's approach to China and Russia. Read the full article here (in English).

Aug 24, 2021

"All major political issues now have a foreign policy component"

Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse spoke with the university radio station CouchFM about the foreign policy implications of this year's German parliamentary elections. Listen to the interview here . The conversation is only available in German.

Aug 24, 2021

"We also owe to the performance of others or inclusion in organisations."

Principal Investigator Christoph Möllers and FDP politician Linda Teuteberg have an exchange about the German liberal party FDP, its party politics and liberal values. Read the full conversation in German on the national newspaper Zeit Online here (paywall).

Aug 23, 2021

Encouraging voter participation

Principal Investigator Steffen Mau was mentioned for his participation, along with writers Judith Schalansky and Ingo Schulze among others, on a bus tour through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Organised by the publicist Matthias Greffrath, the aim of this tour was to encourage voter participation and initiate a public debate before the German parliamentary elections this September. Read the full report or listen to the audio report by the public radio station Deutschlandfunk here (both in German).

Aug 18, 2021

""The state may differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated"

Principal Investigator Christoph Möllers spoke with the regional newspaper Rheinische Post (RP) Online about the measures taken by the state during the pandemic and their constitutional viability. Read the full interview in German here .

Aug 18, 2021

"Everyone wants justice"

"Performance is not a good criterion for fair distribution. Instead, more redistribution is needed", said Principal Investigator Stefan Gosepath in an interview with the national newspapert taz. Read the full interview in German here .

Aug 15, 2021

Climate Ministry with Veto Power?

If the Green Party is to be represented in the next German government, they want to establish a climate protection ministry with far-reaching powers. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Christoph Möllers comments on this idea in an interview with the newspaper WELT. Read the German article here .

Aug 04, 2021

Bratwurst, Money, Short Routes: Which Vaccination Incentives Really Work

In the face of declining vaccination rates in many Western countries, the question arises as to what incentives can be used to motivate people to get immunized. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Heike Klüber has conducted a study to investigate the effects of various incentives on the willingness to be vaccinated. Numerous media have reported on this: Der SPIEGEL Radio Eins Der Standard Blue News Blick The articles are only available in German.

Aug 03, 2021

Which vaccination incentives really work?

Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Heike Klüver spoke with Der Spiegel about her study on vaccine readiness in Germany, which was conducted in the framework of SCRIPTS. Klüver: "With our study, we were able to show that one can increase the vaccination willingness by granting freedom to those who are vaccinated, through financial incentives and by reducing transaction costs." Material incentives would only work to a certain extent, and it is difficult to convince opponents of vaccination. The interview is only available in German. Read it here (Paywall).

Aug 03, 2021

"People are allergic to paternalism and know-it-all"

Principal Investigator Steffen Mau discusses division in society, opportunities for advancement and the unequal distribution of wealth in an interview with the regional newspaper Südwest Presse. Read the full interview in German here (paywall).

Aug 02, 2021

"Nobody is forced to stay in the European Union".

The public radio station "Deutschlandfunk Kultur" spoke with our co-director Tanja A. Börzel about the dispute between the EU and Poland or Hungary over the rule of law and minority rights. The interview is only available in German. Read and listen to it here .

Aug 02, 2021

Media coverage of the exhibition opening "After Nature" at the Humboldt Lab Berlin

Articles on the new exhibition "After Nature" at the Humboldt Lab in Berlin's Humboldt Forum with mention of the SCRIPTS Principal Investigators' contributions to the exhibition. Read reviews by Der Tagesspiegel , Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung  (in German).

Jul 21, 2021

Islamic Studies and Right-Wing Expertise

An article on self-proclaimed right -wing islam experts with contributions by principal investigator Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag. The article is only available in German. The article is only available in German. Read it here

Jul 14, 2021

Political Parties Fail to Reach Migrants

In September, there will be a federal election in Germany. Eleven million eligible voters in Germany have an immigration history. But many of them do not feel addressed by any party, as a study by principal investigator Prof. Dr. Martin Kroh has shown. Ntv and MiGAZIN have reported on the study in German.

Jul 13, 2021

"We owe aid to the global South."

Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Stefan Gosepath spoke with Deutschlandfunk about social cohesion in Germany, Armin Laschet's comments on Hans-Georg Maaßen, the Corona situation in Namibia and international aid for Syria. Listen to the full article here and the part about vaccine justice and Germany's special historical responsibility here . The article is only available in German.

Jul 08, 2021