German environmental movements have moved easily from words to deeds, initiating a series of mobilizations, bordering on violence, that are little talked about in the rest of Europe.
Given for granted that there is no concept of happiness that fits all individuals, however, serious reflection would be needed from conservative philosophy on what are at least the essential traits of a happy and satisfying life.
We know the budget but what will be the German military's shopping list? Nothing is certain yet, but something has already leaked out. The German armed forces seem to be in need of a real re-foundation
Certainly freedom of speech is a fundamental issue, but is this issue enough to make the American-Canadian-South African billionaire, the richest man on earth, a totem of the conservative political area?
Never, in Europe, had philosophy been judged useless. Bended, amputated, censored, often even vilified and accused of intellectualism, philosophy has continued to be taught even in the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. In today's Europe, on the contrary, they want to erase it. Why?
Scholz's announcement to allocate 2% of German GDP to Defense represents a political earthquake in Germany. Forced now to question many certainties that had themselves become constitutive of Germany's post-Cold War political identity.
Values stand in front of Europe scourged by nihilism as nothing but a positivistic surrogate of the ancient metaphysics. When this happens, in concomitance with a war event, it becomes highly dangerous.
The Scholz government is creaking, and creaking on restrictions. FDP group leader in the Bundestag Christian Dürr has made it known that his party has no intention of voting for the extension of anticovid measures.
"Freedom is the recognition of necessity." This is how the German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expressed himself, quoting G.W.F. Hegel, last January 26th in a speech to the Bundestag.