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Last week’s G7 meeting showed that turning our backs on fossil fuels altogether is no longer a fringe idea. Michael Keppeler/EPA/AAP Image

We can quibble over timescales, but real climate progress is afoot

Advocates of climate action have been saying it for years - we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels completely. And now, the leaders of the world's richest countries have started saying the same.
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German lessons

Impressionistic, subjective snapshots of complex societies are best avoided. And yet when you actually get the chance to live somewhere – even briefly – like most forms of temptation it is difficult to…
The latest climate talks in Bonn, Germany, unexpectedly agreed to a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. CIFOR/Flickr

Bonn climate summit brings us slowly closer to a global deal

The mid year Bonn negotiations for the proposed new global agreement to tackle climate change have just concluded. They will be finalised at the end of the year in Paris. What progress is being made? What are the challenging issues that may end up being a focus of negotiations in Paris? What does the roadmap from here look like?
Laying wreaths in front of the Freedom Wall in Washington on V-E Day 2015. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Victory in Europe remembered

On Memorial Day, reflecting on the meaning of the 'liberation' of Europe 70 years on.
With a temporary EU debt deal done, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis must now deliver his economic reform plan. Stephanie Lecocq/EPA/AAP

Greece stares financial apocalypse in the face, and retreats

Crisis postponed. On Friday, Greece, the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) brokered a four-month extension of bailout loans to the newly-installed government of Alexis Tsipras…
Playing with fire? Michael Kappeler/EPA/AAP

The next card Yanis Varoufakis will play

Decades ago, before Yanis Varoufakis became the rock-star finance minister of Greece, he and I developed some game-theoretic models of macroeconomics. The gist of the work was this: for monetary authorities…
Kraftwerk perform in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Yui Mok/PA Archiv

Why I want to offer a university course on Kraftwerk

If there is one band in the world that deserves intellectual exploration, it has to be Kraftwerk. Founded in 1970 in Düsseldorf, the two founding members, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, forever changed…

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