A small selection of articles I have written in English or German in the past few years.

Leichtathletik-WM in Doha: Hier trat der Sport in den Hintergrund

Geld regiert die Welt. Das gilt vor allem auch im Sport. Für die Vergabe sportlicher Großveranstaltungen wie den Olympischen Spielen oder Fußball-Weltmeisterschaften ist nicht in erster Linie wichtig, wie es den Sportlerinnen und Sportlern während des Wettkampfs ergeht oder ob sportliche Höchstleistungen in dieser oder jener Klimazone überhaupt möglich sind. Weiterlesen…

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Coping with the Past and the Present: India’s Security Strategy in the Light of the Kashmir Conflict

India is a special place. The multi-ethnic, multi-religious country is considered to be the largest democracy in the world and on the verge of becoming one of the super-nations on Earth alongside the United States and China. But while India’s economic future may be global, its security issues are very much local. Read more…

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The Fear of Radicalisation: Moroccan Security Strategy post-2011

The Kingdom of Morocco stands out among the Saharan states. Its monarchic and political elites in Rabat do not have to fear any significant turmoil. All indicators could suggest that there is nothing to worry about for King Mohammed VI. and decision-makers across the country. But that suggestion neglects the ongoing direct and indirect security threats the kingdom has to deal with. Read more…

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Germany’s Heated Asylum Debate Has Dark Parallels to Events 30 Years Ago

It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to enter Germany. Merkel promised her people that Germany would be able to handle the growing influx of asylum seekers, but her decision provoked a storm that helped fuel the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Since then, German politics has been largely dominated by that one controversial matter—asylum policy. Read more…

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Fußball hinterm Eisernen Vorhang: Der Fall der Magyaren

Hierzulande wird mit großer Genugtuung auf den 4. Juli 1954 zurückgeblickt. Damals hing eine ganze Nation an den Stimmbändern von Radiokommentator Herbert Zimmermann. Die Auswahl des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes spielte im Finale der Weltmeisterschaft gegen die hochfavorisierten Ungarn. Was in die deutsche Geschichte als “Wunder von Bern” einging, war für Ungarn ein Tiefschlag sondergleichen. Weiterlesen…

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Why Having the Best Players in the World Hasn’t Been Enough for Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane was on track to become the greatest player-turned-manager in history. While making his way into the history books as one of the best playmakers ever, the gifted Frenchman led his teams with unmatched elegance, and he continued to do so once he hung up his boots and put on suit and tie. At 45, Zidane has already won over a dozen major trophies as a player and a coach, including one World Cup, one European Championship, and three UEFA Champions Leagues. Failure has rarely even been something he’s had to consider—until now. Read more…

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Das Fitnessgeheimnis der Top-Trainer

Sowohl Carlo Ancelotti als auch Peter Bosz wurden dafür kritisiert, dass ihre Spieler nicht fit genug seien. Dabei war die vermeintlich geringere Kondition beabsichtigt. Andreas Schlumberger war für Trainer wie Ancelotti, Guardiola und Klopp tätig und erklärt, warum sich die Systeme so unterscheiden. Weiterlesen…

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Wenn sich Asylbewerber schlimmster Straftaten selbst bezichtigen

Immer öfter bezichtigen sich Asylbewerber selbst, schwerste Straftaten in ihren Heimatländern begangen zu haben. Sie können in der Regel aus Deutschland nicht abgeschoben werden, wenn ihnen in der Heimat die Todesstrafe droht. Ansehen…

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Turkey After the Referendum: An Untouchable President and His Wobbly Country

Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the strong man the Turkish people wanted? Or does he cut the legs of Turkish society off, turn the country upside down, and cause irreparable damage? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is one of the most fascinating figures in today’s international political scene. Under his guidance, the country between Bosporus and Kurdistan enjoyed a period of economic prosperity and societal progress until a few years ago, when Mr Erdoğan started cementing his position as the undisputed leader. Read more…

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The Brain at Work: How Two Germans Want to Change Football

During the last few decades, football clubs have become huge companies. Some are worth several billion dollars. Yet the work in backrooms and medical facilities doesn’t always keep up with the highest standards outside the world of football. Players are costly properties and cannot be treated like a rusty Volkswagen. Bad luck is no longer an acceptable excuse when the injury list grows. Read more…

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Der Boss

Der Schriftsteller Stephen Chbosky schreibt in The Perks of Being a Wallflower: “Dinge ändern sich. Freunde gehen. Das Leben wartet auf niemanden.” Der große Fußballzirkus der fünfziger Jahre wartet hingegen auf seine Ankunft. Sie nennen ihn Puskás. Sechs Buchstaben – eine Legende. Weiterlesen…