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Stop press: The world will not end!

In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I. [ more ]

25.03.2015
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German Europe's ascendancy

24.03.2015
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Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds

25.03.2015
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Copenhagen, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, etc

25.03.2015
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Anti-Semitism in France

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25.03.2015
Eurozine Review

Stop press: The world will not end!

In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I.

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Eurozine Review

Stop press: The world will not end!

Journals digest In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I. [ more ]

25.03.2015
Gisle Selnes, Alberto Toscano

Fanatical counter-histories

A conversation with Alberto Toscano

philosophy Liberal democracies are haunted by figures of radicalism, says philosopher Alberto Toscano. Moreover, as the associated policing of people is shadowed by a policing of language, the notion that all "extremisms" converge poses its own significant dangers. [ more ]

23.03.2015
Almir Koldzic, Áine O'Brien

Taking control of the camera

migration An array of photography and film, visual arts, theatre, mixed-media storytelling and online journalism is dispelling notions of refugees as voiceless victims. Almir Koldzic and Áine O'Brien report on new channels providing an antidote to mainstream media coverage of life as a refugee. [ more ]

20.03.2015

Read also Peo Hansen on migration in an age of austerity

Eric Bonse

German Europe's ascendancy

power German dominance of the European Union's upper echelons has never been greater, writes Eric Bonse; nor more contested. However, for now, all EU actors are bound by a regulatory framework that turns them into chess pieces in "German Europe". [ more ]

25.03.2015
Manuel Arias Maldonado

Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds

politics Since its foundation in 2014, Podemos has become the leading party in opinion polls across Spain. But accusations that it is treating the country as a gigantic piece of fieldwork and conjecture as to its rootedness in political theory are all wide of the mark, writes Manuel Arias Maldonado. [ more ]

24.03.2015
Pierre Coopman

Copenhagen, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, etc

Terror The cynical tendency to view tragedies and atrocities in European capitals in isolation from those taking place daily across Syria, Nigeria or Eritrea has to end, writes journalist Pierre Coopman. Until this happens, there can be little hope of seeing an improvement in anyone's security. [ more ]

25.03.2015

Read also Antoine Garapon's What happened to us?

Andrea Goldstein

Anti-Semitism in France

France The numbers of French Jews who have recently emigrated to Israel and North America, writes Andrea Goldstein, reflect a profound uneasiness on the part of Europe's biggest Jewish community. Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots, and is not about to go away any time soon. [ more ]

25.03.2015
 

Network news

Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Vagant

News The award-winning Norwegian quarterly "Vagant" has joined the Eurozine network. Headquartered in Berlin, the literary journal's editorial network is spread across several Norwegian cities, as well as Copenhagen, Rome and Stockholm. [ more ]

23.03.2015
 

European politics

Cas Mudde

Local shocks

The far Right in the 2014 European elections

Politics The far right straw man is certainly not new to the European debate, writes Cas Mudde. But it has gained in importance as mainstream leaders increasingly adopt a soft eurosceptic rhetoric (rather than policies), with a view to thwarting the advance of hard eurosceptic parties, most notably of the far Right. [ more ]

13.03.2015
Étienne Balibar

A new impulse – but for which Europe?

Alternatives The triumph of the principle of competition among and within European member states has generated a continuous aggravation of disparities, writes Etienne Balibar. But the French philosopher stands by his vision of a Europe other than that of bankers, technocrats and political profiteers. [ more ]

11.02.2015
Thomas Fazi

The troika saved banks and creditors – not Greece

Economics Greece deserves debt relief. Of this much Thomas Fazi is convinced. After all, most of the bail out money has gone to banks and creditors, which irrefutably puts to shame the claim that European taxpayers' money was used to save Greece and the other reckless countries of the periphery. [ more ]

11.02.2015
 

Roma

Valeriu Nicolae

No accountability

The case of the Roma social inclusion in Europe

Rights The main stakeholders currently involved in Roma social inclusion continue to struggle to define clear and distinct responsibilities, or simply avoid them. Ahead of this year's European Roma Platform, Valeriu Nicolae calls for systemic change that addresses key issues of anti-Gypsyism and multi-stakeholder cooperation. [ more ]

12.03.2015
 

Andrew Wilson

Russia's "nudge" propaganda

Power When it comes to influence-peddling abroad, there is a certain logic in the Kremlin seeking to influence both left and right, nationalists and separatists, traditionalists and post-modernists, writes Andrew Wilson. And aligning them to a realpolitik that serves regime prosperity and survival. [ more ]

11.03.2015
Ian McEwan

Not religion's enemy but its protector

Free speech The devout cannot have it both ways, writes Ian McEwan. Free speech is hard, it's noisy and bruising sometimes, but the only alternative when so many world-views must cohabit is intimidation, violence and bitter conflict between communities. [ more ]

11.03.2015
Mykola Riabchuk

Emancipation from the East Slavonic ummah

Reform For both Russia and Ukraine, the conflict in eastern Ukraine marks the beginning of a painful process of emancipation from a pre-modern imagined community of eastern Slavs. A process, writes Mykola Riabchuk, from which modern civic national identities must emerge. [ more ]

11.03.2015

Read also Volodymyr Sklokin on public intellectuals in Ukraine

Paul Mason

Who is Eleni Haifa?

On information technology and human character

Essay Virginia Woolf's famous line – "on or about December 1910, human character changed" – haunts the present. For during the 2000s, writes Paul Mason, a combination of technology, broken economic life-chances and increased personal freedom changed human character again. [ more ]

06.03.2015
Carlos Spoerhase

Little magazines, great hopes

Journals The little literary magazine defined literary modernism, flourishing in a sociotope of small publishers and galleries, independent book shops and literary cafés, clubs and cabarets. Carlos Spoerhase considers the medium's fortunes, after the decoupling of aesthetic and political concerns. [ more ]

11.03.2015
Filip Mazurczak

Poland's controversial Oscar

Is "Ida" really anti-Polish and anti-Semitic?

Cinema Pawel Pawlikowski's film "Ida" may have won this year's Oscar for best foreign language film; however, it is far from universally well-received in Poland. While some fear it will resurrect anti-Polish stereotypes, others accuse it of anti-Semitism, writes Filip Mazurczak. [ more ]

03.03.2015
 

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Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Razpotja

News The Slovenian quarterly "Razpotja" has joined the Eurozine network. Established in 2010, "Razpotja" swiftly emerged as a leading platform for young thinkers and authors. The journal now provides a unique space for new cultural and intellectual encounters. [ more ]

02.03.2015
 

The politics of privacy

Peter Schaar

Privacy as a human right

Edward Snowden and the control of power

Rights The Snowden revelations revealed just how far some states had departed from the guarantees of privacy enshrined in the human and civil rights agreements of the post-war era. The European Union must take the lead in setting enforceable data protection standards internationally, writes Peter Schaar. [ more ]

27.02.2015

Privacy in Europe: Politics and public perception

Survey Privacy is being debated across the EU at the political and public levels. So how exactly have governments and publics responded to the NSA affair and to the recent terrorist attacks in Europe? Moreover, how much awareness exists about key developments in EU privacy policy and how active is civil society in campaigning for digital rights? Eurozine partner journals respond. [ more ]

Beate Roessler

What is there to lose?

Privacy in offline and online friendships

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. Are social networks causing a change in friendship as such, and if so, should we be concerned? [ more ]

27.02.2015

Read also Elke Rauth's Smart tales of the city

 

Article of the month

Arna Mackic

Immortal moments

A jump into the water

Urban life The reconstruction of deliberately destroyed public and religious buildings in Mostar has raised many questions and controversies. Arna Mackic searches for a new open architectural language to encourage encounters between people, liberated from the burden of politics or ethnicity. [ more ]

20.02.2015
 

More on post-conflict cities

Michael Azar

Bridge over troubled waters

Essay Swedish author and scholar Michael Azar weaves together a patchwork of narratives in which people matter just as much as the places in which they live; a practice that provides the key to the long overdue task of fashioning cities in accordance with human needs and hardships. [ more ]

20.02.2015
Rania Sassine

Beirut's heart

The life of a square

Beirut Martyrs' Square once featured among Beirut's most dynamic civic spaces. However, 25 years after the end of the Lebanese Civil War, the city centre's reconstruction has all but cut the square adrift from civic life. Rania Sassine insists on its potential as a Lebanese laboratory of urban identity. [ more ]

20.02.2015
 

Migration

Jazra Khaleed

The AEGEAN or the Anus of Death

Poetry Known as a boxer and poet, Jazra Khaleed draws a parallel between the two disciplines: his writing has the attack and punch of a fighter. The poem presented here, translated from Greek, concerns the fantastic world of undocumented migration between the 24th and 28th meridians. [ more ]

11.02.2015
Imogen Tyler

Welcome to Britain

Anti-immigrant populism and the asylum invasion complex

UK Imogen Tyler looks at how the manufacture of an asylum invasion complex within the public sphere aided the passing of UK legislation that reconstituted the refugee as a "national abject". That is, as a (likely bogus) asylum-seeker subject to destitution, detention and exclusion. [ more ]

11.02.2015
Göran Dahlberg, Fabrizio Gatti, Linn Hansén

Camels don't pay in advance

A conversation with Fabrizio Gatti

Interview Offering undocumented migrants the assistance that they need is well within the means of EU member states, says Fabrizio Gatti in interview. Instead, governments continue to bicker among themselves as to who is to pay and people continue to fall prey to the traffickers. [ more ]

06.02.2015

Read also All articles in Beyond Fortress Europe

 

News

Eurozine News Item

New Editor-in-Chief of Eurozine

Wojciech Przybylski takes over after Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Network news Wojciech Przybylski, who currently heads the prestigious Polish journal "Res Publica Nowa", is to succeed Carl Henrik Fredriksson as Eurozine's Editor-in-Chief. Fredriksson will leave his position on 31 March of this year. [ more ]

10.02.2015
 

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. [ more ]

30.01.2015

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 ]

23.01.2015

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. [ more ]

21.01.2015
 

Russia

Kirill Rogov

Resource nationalism

Analysis Russia's anti-westernism and territorial revanchism have intensified. A case of deferred post-imperial syndrome linked to the collapse of the USSR? Maybe, says Kirill Rogov. But this alone hardly explains why associated policies are now apparently met with such widespread domestic popularity. [ more ]

05.12.2014

Lev Gudkov

The technology of negative mobilization

Russian public opinion and Vladimir Putin's "Ukrainian policy"

politics How can it be that, in contrast to the international community, virtually no one in Russia believed that Russian-backed separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in July? Beyond press censorship, Lev Gudkov looks to Russians themselves, who increasingly hear only what they want to. [ more ]

01.10.2014

Tatiana Zhurzhenko

From borderlands to bloodlands

conflict With Russia's annexation of Crimea and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the era of post-Soviet tolerance of blurred identities and multiple loyalties has ended. Borderlands, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, have once again turned into bloodlands. [ more ]

19.09.2014

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

 

Ukraine

Konstantin Skorkin

Luhansk: The case of a failed cultural revolution

Transformation In 2013, the seemingly hopeless task of bringing art to the provinces finally started to bear fruit in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. One year on, the activists, artists, journalists and writers responsible are exiles in their own country, writes Konstantin Skorkin. [ more ]

01.12.2014

Rein Müllerson

Geopolitics dressed in the language of law and morals

The case of Ukraine

International relations Reckless military interventions in other countries' affairs are becoming the norm globally. So what hope for international law? After all, argues Rein Müllerson, when it comes to bending and breaching international law, Russia has no lack of excellent examples to follow. [ more ]

19.11.2014

Oksana Forostyna

About things certain and uncertain

security Every system has its flaws and every flaw can be exploited any time. Hence the permanent need for updates. But as Russia takes its revenge in eastern Ukraine, what does the future hold? Oksana Forostyna remains optimistic about the chances of modest success, at the very least. [ more ]

01.10.2014

Timothy Snyder, Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Diaries and memoirs of the Maidan

Ukraine from November 2013 to February 2014

ukraine In these impressions of the Maidan protests collected by Timothy Snyder and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, one hears the voices of those who witnessed history in the making. The role of civil society and the Russian-speaking middle class, as well as individual existential decisions, also come to the fore. [ more ]

27.06.2014

Read also All texts on Ukraine

 

Literature

Karl Ove Knausgård

Out to where storytelling does not reach

essay 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 Knausgård on creating literature. [ more ]

03.04.2014
Vladimir Yermakov

Sergei Dovlatov, a dissident sans idea

literature All but invisible in his home country, Sergei Dovlatov was something of a mythical figure among the Russian diaspora of New York. Indeed, Vladimir Yermakov compares the conundrum of Dovlatov's life as a writer to Escher's composition of two hands simultaneously drawing one another. [ more ]

15.10.2014
Sonja Pyykkö

Evading power

literature Sonja Pyykkö speaks to György Dragomán about the inspiration for his highly successful novel "The White King", which has been translated into at least 28 languages and draws on the author's experience of growing up in a totalitarian state, near the border between Romania and Hungary. [ more ]

15.10.2014
Rosa Liksom

Finland, Lapland, Russia and me

Life writing The Tornio River forms the border between Sweden and Finland, and flows into the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Throughout the ages, writes Rosa Liksom, the world's travellers have navigated the river with a view to finding out about the mystical North. [ more ]

29.10.2014
Ewa Lipska, Lukasz Wojtusik

A musician of words

A conversation with Polish poet Ewa Lipska

Literature In interview, Krakow poet Ewa Lipska offers a rich portrait of her homeland's literary heritage: from fighting the communist regime, when books were everything and some poetry volumes had print runs of 10,000, to writing this year for the Polish rapper O.S.T.R. [ more ]

17.11.2014
Jonathan Bousfield

Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe

culture 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 ]

07.04.2014
 

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Digital solidarity

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A finger pointing at the moon

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