01/2019 1. Editorial: Über Berlin – Benjamin Tallis

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Editor-in-Chief, Benjamin Tallis, reflects on the following questions and their relevance for International Relations through the prism of his recent stay in Berlin - a good place to contemplate big ideas as well as big and simple questions ...

When the child was a child still,

It was the time for the following questions:

Why am I me, and why not you?
Why am I here, and why not there?
When did time begin, and where does space end? Is life under the sun not just a dream?
Is what I see and hear and smell
not just the reflection of a world before the world? Is there really such a thing as evil, and people who really are the Bad Guys?

From The Song of Childhood (Lied Vom Kindsein) by Peter Handke as recited by the angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) in Wings of Desire (Der Himmel Über Berlin), dir. Wim Wenders (1987).