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Prof. Dr. Florian Kunze comments on the 4-day week in the hr2 podcast "Der Tag".

In the hr2 podcast "Der Tag" with the title "Schaffe, schaffe, abschaffe - Can we afford less work?", Prof. Dr. Florian Kunze comments on the 4-day week, in which industries this would be possible in any case and what the scientific research tells us about efficiency gains in a 4-day week. He explains why rest periods can contribute to productivity and where this could be a hindrance. He also gives insight into the future of modern work and what influences artificial intelligence could have on…

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The newspaper "Wochenblatt" reports on the results of the inequality barometer of the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality"

Marius R. Busemeyer, Nanna Lauritz Schönhage, Sharon Baute, Luna Bellani and Guido Schwerdt asked the population in Germany about the distribution of wealth - and where they place themselves. The results show that respondents' perceptions are highly distorted. As in the first survey in 2020, most respondents classify themselves as middle class and thus misjudge their financial situation compared with the population as a whole. In doing so, they underestimate how much wealthier others are…

Ukraine, Russia and Beyond - Academic Conference on the European Union's Eastern Neigbourhoood Policy, 26th and 27th April 2023

On the 26th of April 2023, a panel discussion was held with distinguished guests to discuss the challenges and prospects for the European Union's Neighbourhood Policy. The public event took place within the framework of the two-day meeting of the project group of the EMBRACE project, which is coordinated by Dr. Sonja Grimm. You can find more information about the project here.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to our students

As part of a Europe-wide event organized by the EUniWell Alliance on the occasion of Europe Day on 9th of May, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, addressed the students of the European University Network. In the process, a student from our department was given the opportunity to ask questions. Prof. Dr. Dirk Leuffen also spoke about the importance of the Schuman Declaration. More information and a recording of the event can be found here. You can also find a report in the German…

Boesken prize for the best master's thesis 2022 goes to Samuel Brielmaier

Samuel Brielmaier, our graduate of the MA in Political and Administrative Science, was awarded the Dietrich H. Boesken Prize for the best MA thesis at the University of Konstanz in 2022. Mr. Brielmaier received the honor for his thesis on "Unequal Representation? A Meta-Analysis on Discrimination by Elected Officials against Disadvantaged Groups". The prize is endowed with 5000 €.

Prof. Anke Hoeffler was interviewed on collective and individual violence by Welthungerhilfe's journal Welternährung.

In an interview with the journal Welternährung, Prof. Anke Hoeffler discusses the causes and consequences of collective and individual violence, why the UN has not included targets for collective violence in its new development goals, and how development cooperation should increasingly promote initiatives to reduce violence. The full interview in German is available here.

The Department congratulates Niklas Hänze for the Christiane Rajewsky Award!

Niklas Hänze, our graduate student in the M.A. Political Science and Public Administration, is the recipient of the Christiane-Rajewsky Award from the Association for Peace and Conflict Studies for his outstanding master's thesis. Mr. Hänze received the award for his thesis, "Reversing the Causal Arrow: The Nexus Between Armed Conflict and Natural Disasters," in which he used quantitative methods to investigate the extent to which violent conflict contributes to the occurrence of natural…