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Eurozine Review

If the borders were porous

Journals digest "Index on Censorship" compares yesterday's spies with those in the new machines; "Krytyka Polityczna" speaks to Seyla Benhabib; "Kultura Liberalna" detects Soviet heritage in CEE responses to refugee crisis; "Krytyka" reassesses the Europe of rules and the Europe of values; "Fronesis" returns to the origins of the family; "Dziejaslou" tracks down an opposition presidential candidate in Belarus; "Varlik" considers September a troubled month in Turkish history; and "Revista Crítica" critiques progress without development in the Amazon. [ more ]

Jamie Bartlett

Under the radar

Privacy We're actually entering an era where censorship becomes harder and privacy easier, says Jamie Bartlett. At the same time, we need a strong, publicly supported intelligence architecture. But in a post-Snowden world, the intelligence agencies must become more rather than less open. [ more ]

Seyla Benhabib, Slawomir Sierakowski

Nobody wants to be a refugee

A conversation with Seyla Benhabib

Interview The current crisis is generating the myth of borders as controlled, says Seyla Benhabib. But this is only a myth. It is a fact that states are escaping their obligations under international and European law; while migrants themselves may help keep the social peace between classes. [ more ]

Jakub Patocka

Say it loud and say it clear: Soviet values are still here

Media Accommodate the current influx of refugees, or accept more suffering and tragedy, and risk a humanitarian disaster in the Balkans. The options couldn't be clearer, says Jakub Patocka. But without a strong independent media in central and eastern Europe, the public debate has gone awry. [ more ]

Sofi Oksanen

A lion in a cage

On the Finlandization of Europe

Geopolitics To safeguard its sovereignty after World War II, Finland did what it could to please the Soviet Union. The strategy now known as "Finlandization" haunts Europe today, writes Sofi Oksanen, as Russia focuses on expanding its sphere of influence. [Ukrainian version added] [ more ]


From the archives

Volodymyr Yermolenko

Dreams of Europe

Essay There are two Europes, writes Volodymyr Yermolenko: a Europe of rules and regulations, and a Europe founded upon faith in the European idea. And as events in Ukraine show, the European idea extends well beyond the formal frontiers of the European Union. [ more ]


Network news

Eurozine News Item

The 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing

Media partner Together with German publishing house Klett-Cotta and the Allianz Cultural Foundation, Eurozine is a partner of the Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing. The Prize honours essayists of the highest calibre who have contributed to the intellectual discourse in Europe, across borders. [ more ]


Article of the month

Ivan Krastev

How to avoid Europe's disintegration

Essay History is replete with examples of how the political logic of disintegration sets in. But is the European Union next in line? You can be sure that it is, writes Ivan Krastev, so long as the European project remains a haven for elites over which people have no control. [ more ]

Wolfgang Streeck

German hegemony: Unintended and unwanted

Policy Germany didn't intend to become Europe's current hegemon, writes Wolfgang Streeck. However, even now that it is, German chancellor Angela Merkel may yet go down in history as the person who liberated Europe from a common currency turned into a common nightmare. [ more ]

Michaël Fśssel, Jürgen Habermas

Criticism and communication: Philosophy's missions

Or, a lifetime in philosophical dialogue

Interview Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspectives on democracy in occupied postwar Germany, Jürgen Habermas still stands by his commitment to a critical social theory that advances the cause of human emancipation. This follows a lifetime of philosophical debate. [ more ]

Shalini Randeria

Disempowerment and judicialization

The depoliticization of democracy?

Rights Paradoxically, the global spread of democracy has proceeded hand-in-hand with the hollowing out of its substance, argues Shalini Randeria. The challenges that this poses to institutions, states and transnational civic society alike are unprecedented but by no means insurmountable. [ more ]

Dorota Krakowska, Lukasz Wojtusik

A bizarre kind of loyalty

Dorota Krakowska in interview

Theater This year marks the centenary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor, the Polish painter, stage designer and theatre director. Kantor's daughter Dorota Krakowska talks about how Kantor sought to end the taboo code that supported the erasure and denial of history in postwar Poland. [ more ]

Maria Yashchanka

Forms of silence, forms of commonality

On the sound installations of Anton Sarokin

Belarus Can sound be used to create space for critical distance or even resistance, as the pace of urban development outstrips the human? Maria Yashchanka reassesses the role of art and technology in a public sphere that remains inhospitable to independent artists. [ more ]

Lorena Parini

On the "théorie du genre": Gender-bashing in France

Gender It is not only new conceptual spaces that are opened up from the perspective of gender, argues Lorena Parini, but new political spaces too. It is precisely these political spaces that conservative forces are now trying to take over, as recent experience in France shows. [ more ]


From the archives

Timothy Snyder

Commemorative causality

Mermory Commemorative causality, the confusion between present resonance and past power, denies history its proper subject, writes Timothy Snyder. What is easiest to represent becomes what it is easiest to argue and, in lieu of serious explanations, only emotional reflexes remain. [German version added] [ more ]

Stefan Auer

Contesting the origins of European liberty

The EU narrative of Franco-German reconciliation and the eclipse of 1989

Solidarity Despite western Europe's initially lukewarm response to the people's revolutions of '89, the EU now claims them as a cornerstone of "European identity". Yet historical gaffes have exposed the pitfalls in attempting to create an all too tidy narrative of Europe's twentieth century. [ more ]



Jacques Rupnik

The Other Europe

Central and eastern Europe Freedom of movement was one of the major achievements of the revolutions of 1989, argues Jacques Rupnik. Now, central and eastern European heads of state refuse to grant this freedom to non-Europeans. But how much longer can they expect to maintain their contrary stance? [ more ]


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Michal Simecka, Benjamin Tallis

Fighting the wrong battle

A crisis of liberal democracy, not migration

Debate The hostile response of central and eastern European heads of state to the prospect of accepting Syrian refugees is emblematic of the parlous state of liberal democracy in the region, say Michal Simecka and Benjamin Tallis. Europe must avert a deepening East-West divide. [ more ]



Sergii Leshchenko

The Firtash octopus

Agents of influence in the West

Analysis Dirty money from the East has become a resource for dozens of European structures and politicians. Sergii Leshchenko reports on some of those that are only too happy to open their doors to a Ukrainian oligarch willing to invest millions in cleaning up his image. [ more ]


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The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015

8 September – 1 November

Event This year's Kyiv Biennial provides fora for an international cast of artists and intellectuals to address issues of burning importance for the citizens of Ukraine, Europe and beyond. Exhibitions and arenas for public reflection offer a basis for imagining egalitarian and alternative futures, as well as the counter-propositions of art. [ more ]


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New Eurozine associate: Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno

Conversano Following the success of Eurozine's 2014 conference, which Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno co-organized and hosted, Eurozine and the foundation continue to cooperate closely. Eurozine is therefore delighted to announce one of Italy's most vibrant cultural organizations as a new associate. [ more ]

Elizabeth Wilson

A form of play

Or, the devotion of the tennis fan

Sport British imperialists may have invented the modern idea of organized sport, associating valour on the field with virtues such as "fair play", being a "good loser" and, above all, nationalism. But, writes Elizabeth Wilson, the devotion of the tennis fan is of an altogether different quality. [ more ]

Hannah Proctor

Synthetic dreams

Gender, modernity and art silk stockings

Essay The world's first synthetic fabric, rayon, was spun into artificial silk stockings and worn by the same women who mass produced it. Hannah Proctor uses this as a guiding metaphor for her analysis of interwar gender politics and their relation to today. [ more ]

Marei Pelzer

The refugee crisis that needn't have been

The case of Germany

Opinion Germany has pledged an extra six billion euros to provide for the greatest influx of refugees into the country since World War II. For many critics, the pledge will have come not a moment too soon. German jurist Marei Pelzer suspects that the current state of emergency could have been avoided. [ more ]

Ulrike Jureit

On structuring time

The 8th of May 1945 as historical caesura

Writing history It would be hard to conceive of German historiography without the historical caesura that is 8 May 1945, writes Ulrike Jureit. However, it is important to remain wary of collapsing the variety of events and perspectives that surround such a moment into one singular occurrence. [ more ]

Beate Roessler

What is there to lose?

Privacy in offline and online friendships

Social networks Friendship enables us to relax the rules of privacy we need in other types of social relationship. When friendship goes online, however, controlling privacy becomes more problematic. Should this be cause for concern? Beate Roessler takes stock. [Lithuanian version added] [ more ]



Anna Wójcik, Alison Wolf

Work-life balance, or success?

A conversation with the economist Alison Wolf

Society The extent to which working women are now creating a new society is unprecedented in human history, says Alison Wolf. And yet, the uncomfortable truth remains that everyone tends to take care only of his or her own social group. [ more ]


Kristen Ghodsee, Adriana Zaharijevic

Fantasies of feminist history in eastern Europe

A response to Slavenka Drakulic

East-West Responding to Slavenka Drakulic's recent Eurozine article on the situation of women caught up in the post-'89 transition, Kristen Ghodsee and Adriana Zaharijevic reconsider notions of "emancipation from above" and the grassroots participation of women in both the East and the West. [ more ]


Andrea Peto

After "emancipation after emancipation"

On Europe's anti-gender movements

Tactics As anti-gender movements gain momentum throughout Europe, using the concept of gender as a technical category may, in the long run, prove more self-destructive than useful. Andrea Peto argues for the re-enchantment of feminist politics. [ more ]


Read also Slavenka Drakulic on women's experience of post-communism


Austerity and its alternatives

Étienne Balibar, Sandro Mezzadra, Frieder Otto Wolf

The Brussels diktat

Essay It may well be that the Euro-Summit agreement of 12 July 2015 is forced through in a process at least as brutal, and even more divisive, than the extremities of the eurocrisis seen over the last five years. But even this does not necessarily preclude the renewal of European politics. [ more ]

Marina Prentoulis

Notes on Greece

Grassroots In her contribution to the editorial in Soundings' summer issue, Syriza member Marina Prentoulis assesses the options for grassroots movements in a European Union that has lost sight of any notion of a "Social Europe"; a union determined to preserve a neoliberal agenda. [ more ]

Sirio Canos Donnay

The people versus the elite

The case of Spain

Discourse There are many words that neoliberalism has emptied of content – democracy, social justice, citizenship, sovereignty – that can be reclaimed, filled with progressive ideas and used to drive change. So says Sirio Canos Donnay, an archaeologist and member of Podemos. [ more ]

Steffen Vogel

Grexit prevented, Europe irrevocably torn?

Governance The severity of Germany's approach to July's Euro-Summit, writes Steffen Vogel, has intensified the conflict between northern and southern Europe. Given Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble's chosen strategy, the centrifugal forces within the Union are only likely to grow stronger. [ more ]


Read also Steffen Vogel's Grexit: Failure of the European idea


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New Eurozine partner: Poeteka

News The Albanian quarterly "Poeteka" has joined the Eurozine Network. "Poeteka" entered Albania's cultural sphere in 2005. Ever since, a self-organizing group of writers, critics, translators, scholars, social activists and artists have published their works in its pages, which constitute a cultural movement just as much as a cultural journal. [ more ]


Russia I

Ella Paneyakh


Or, the deliberate devaluation of social capital

Russia Every authoritarian state must choose democratization or collapse at some point. But Ella Paneyakh says that the Russian system is seeking a third way. It has in its sights nothing less than the social fabric: human interrelations, mutual support mechanisms and the capacity for joint action. [ more ]


European futures

Robert Menasse

A brief history of the European future

Or, why we must earn our inheritance

Essay The sooner Europe gets used to a future without the nation-state, the better, writes Robert Menasse. Amnesia about what the unification project originally meant is causing a catastrophic lack of imagination about where it is heading. [ more ]

Ulrike Guérot

Europe as a republic

The story of Europe in the twenty-first century

Change The system currently known as the European Union is the embodiment of post-democracy, says Ulrike Guérot. The solution: to turn Europe on its head. For the Europe of tomorrow is a European Republic, the embodiment of a transnational community. [ more ]


Russia II

Andreas Umland

Towards a Greater Asia?

The prospects of a Sino-Russian entente

International politics Would it be pure fantasy to suppose that the forging of closer ties between Moscow and Beijing really offers Russia an alternative to growing international isolation? No, says Andreas Umland. There is however plenty of ground for scepticism about the venture's viability. [German version added] [ more ]


Stanislav Zakharkin

What's in store for the Siberian movement?

Social movements Siberian neo-regionalism has recently gained momentum, writes Stanislav Zakharkin; a development fuelled not least by concern about the uneven distribution of revenues from the region's oil and mineral resources. But can this diverse grassroots movement effect real change? [ more ]


Read also All articles in the focal point Russia in global dialogue


The politics of privacy

Ilija Trojanow

Security versus freedom: A misleading trade-off

Surveillance In the wake of the technological revolution that is the Internet, writes Ilija Trojanow, principles of self-organization and collaboration might be expected to replace established hierarchies and concentrations of power. Instead, the technologies of surveillance now available to states have never been more intrusive. [ more ]

Simon Davies

Freedom through surveillance

Privacy and terrorism Parading under the banner of a common front for freedom, governments worldwide have embarked on a security clampdown whose political fallout could be more damaging than the threat it seeks to banish, writes Simon Davies. [ more ]

Judith Vidal-Hall

Taking on the giant

Data protection When a group of claimants in the United Kingdom took on Google for invasion of privacy, they had little idea that the case would become a landmark in the fight to tame the Internet giant's intrusion into our lives on the Web, writes Judith Vidal-Hall. [ more ]


Read also All articles in The politics of privacy


American public culture

David Marcus, Roman Schmidt

Optimism of intellect

A conversation with David Marcus

Journals Thanks to a new wave of small intellectual magazines, an infectious buzz has returned to public debate in the United States. Roman Schmidt talks to David Marcus who, as a new editor at "Dissent", is well placed to provide the lowdown what's driving this genuinely critical movement. [Catalan version added] [ more ]


Nancy Fraser, Jo Littler

An astonishing time of great boldness

On the politics of recognition and redistribution

Society Ideas tended to flow between the university and the movement during the era of second-wave feminism. Then feminism became academicized and disrupted the flow. But, says Nancy Fraser, given the hunger for new thinking in all arenas after the 2008 crash, this is changing once again. [ more ]


George Blecher

Not bad for a lame duck

Analysis Much as the media like to call Barack Obama a "lame duck President", he's begun to look pretty agile of late. So says George Blecher. A portrait of Obama, the most consistent US president in decades, dispatched from inside the land of the free. [French version added] [ more ]


Art & Literature

Edit András

"They are so very different from us"

Who is the stranger, who is the Other in Hungary's (art)scene?

Hungary Art is suffering in Hungary's oppressively nationalist climate, writes Edit András. Criticism of the state-supported cultural system is weakened by a gradual acceptance of the new configuration; and due to general exhaustion, the protest movement among artists has also lost its vigour. [ more ]

Enda O'Doherty

The romantic Englishman

On the political writings of George Orwell

Political writing George Orwell is often credited with elevating political writing to an art. However, argues Enda O'Doherty, it's probably worth separating out the terms "political" and "writing". For while Orwell's writing is undoubtedly of the highest order, the quality of his political judgment remains questionable. [ more ]

Ekkehard Knörer

The Sundermeier debate

Literature, mediascapes and criticism

Literature Admittedly, says Ekkehard Knörer, literary criticism's downfall has been predicted ever since the practice began. But today's heady mixture of precarity and diffuse mediascapes poses new challenges. Not that these can destroy the idealism that always saw the field through. [ more ]






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The politics of privacy
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

Russia in global dialogue
In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

Ukraine in focus
Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
Victor Tsilonis
Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As a new wave of populism feeds on and promotes fears of migration, aggrandising itself through the distrust it sows, The Red House hosts a timely debate with a view to untangling the key issues. [more]

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Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. Prior to Ukraine's presidential elections in May 2014, Timothy Snyder argued cogently as to why Ukraine has no future without Europe; and why Europe too has no future without Ukraine. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgĺrd
Out to where storytelling does not reach
To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgĺrd on creating literature. [more]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe
Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

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Europe talks to Europe
Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

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Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
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The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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