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Politische Krisenkommunikation

Politische Krisenkommunikation

In der Politik gibt es keinen Unterschied zwischen Reden und Handeln. Politik besteht zu einem beträchtlichen Teil aus dem strategischen Einsatz von Sprache. Vom Tweet bis zum Gesetzentwurf geht es darum, Menschen zu überzeugen, an die Macht zu kommen, Mehrheiten zu...

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Angela Merkel’s language

Angela Merkel’s language

5 years after ‘Wir schaffen das,’ linguists have produced two fascinating analyses of the details of Angela Merkel’s language. Merkel says ‘Wir schaffen das’ (with a personal pronoun), but talks about the challenge at hand in impersonal, general terms: ‘man muss,’ ‘es...

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Interview on Brexit and dual nationality

Interview on Brexit and dual nationality

Earlier this year I became a UK citizen. I applied as a consequence of Brexit, like many others. At the same time, even more Brits in the EU have applied for passports of their adopted countries. I comment on the vital cultural issue of Brexit and dual nationality in...

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Studying in Britain post Brexit?

Studying in Britain post Brexit?

Last week I ran a workshop for super-smart German sixth-formers interested in the UK and asked them whether they could imagine studying in Britain post Brexit. The kids belonged to the demographic that, when I was their age, hoped to go to Britain to study. Now, 8 out...

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Risiken analysieren – Risiken eingehen

Risiken analysieren – Risiken eingehen

Die gegenwärtige Krise westlicher Demokratien besteht ganz offensichtlich darin, dass das Gespräch zwischen Technokraten und Populisten so schwer geworden ist. Es entsteht der Eindruck, dass Intelligenz und Emotion einander unversöhnlich gegenüberstehen. Kompromisse...

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“Brexit is one big communications failure”

“Brexit is one big communications failure”

100 days before the Brexit date of 31.10.2019 I gave an interview with Germany's Catholic News Agency, explaining my view that much of the current controversy around Brexit is a result of Theresa May's unwillingness to communicate -- she created one big communications...

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New Research on Citizenship

New Research on Citizenship

The idea of a citizens’ assembly has been proposed by many in the UK as a way of bringing a divided country together. New research on citizenship raises questions about the prospects of this exercise. Together with my colleague, Cory Massaro, I have analysed the...

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Irish Backstop Analysis

Irish Backstop Analysis

What does the language that we use about Brexit reveal about what is important to Brexiteers? Analysis of the language around the Irish backstop may shed light on positions and preferences. Brexit has caused new tensions between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The...

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Future relationship impacted by terms for Agreement

Future relationship impacted by terms for Agreement

For the UK, it’s deal or no-deal. But other European countries talk about the options for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU in different terms. The divergence in terminology indicates that attitudes to Brexit as well as the European project more generally are also...

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