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Volodymyr Yermolenko

The silence of the lambs

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For Vladimir Putin, the West's tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe's "silence of the lambs", writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia's war. [ more ]

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Russia and Ukraine

Volodymyr Yermolenko

The silence of the lambs

Why the West should stop being angelic towards Putin

GEOPOLITICS For Vladimir Putin, the West's tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe's "silence of the lambs", writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia's war. [ more ]

02.09.2014

Tanya Richardson

Odessa's two big differences (and a few small ones)

Life after the Maidan and 2 May

Conflict On 2 May, clashes between anti-Maidan and Euromaidan activists claimed 48 lives in Odessa. The city is still in shock. Tanya Richardson reports on how Russian intervention in Crimea has made such questions as "Who am I?" and, "In which state will I be secure?" more pressing than ever. [ more ]

01.09.2014

Maxim Trudolyubov

The hand that feeds

The first victims of sanctions and counter-sanctions

Sanctions As Russia becomes more and more isolated, the Russian government will need to provide for all those who support it. Maxim Trudolyubov explains why those who can provide for themselves will be the first victims of western sanctions and Russian countermeasures. [ more ]

29.08.2014

Maria Lipman

Commander of a fortress under siege

What Putin's strategy means for Russia

Putin Sanctions on Russia may tip economic stagnation into recession and widen the country's gap with western nations still further. This time Putin seems to be plying an isolationist course without regard for the consequences, writes Maria Lipman. [ more ]

22.08.2014

Read also All texts in the focus Russia in global dialogue

 

Democracy disrupted

Ivan Krastev

The global politics of protest

Democracy The new wave of revolutionary politics, from the Arab Spring to the Turkish Summer, is an insurgence against representative democracy that offer no alternatives. But is protest really a better instrument than elections for keeping elites accountable? [ more ]

18.08.2014
 

Islam and violence

Kenan Malik

Is there something about Islam?

Religion Confronted with gruesome images of the brutality of ISIS, many people conclude that this violence is inherent to the faith itself, to Islam. But is there really something about Islam that makes its followers more prone to violence and intolerance than others? [ more ]

14.08.2014
 

A look into the latest issues

Eurozine Review

What are you doing here?

Journals digest In "Kultura Liberalna", star economist "Tomás Sedlácek" tells us not to trust economists; "Glänta" asks questions about migration; "Osteuropa" expresses concern over parallels between Ukraine and Bosnia; "Merkur" reveals the true significance of the oligarch's yacht; "openDemocracy" assesses the impact of the longest anti-government protest in Bulgarian history; "Il Mulino" reflects upon Isaiah Berlin's Zionism; in "Blätter" Heribert Prantl argues for a democracy without barriers; "La Revue nouvelle" revisits the effects of the Schlieffen-Moltke plan; "L'Homme" considers the role of women activists in fighting for human rights; "Res Publica Nowa" explores the politics of place, from Pomerania to Istanbul; and "GAM" talks to Edith Ackermann about talent, intuition, creativity. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Cecilia Parsberg

Giving in free movement Europe

street life The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults inherent in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Lina Ekdahl

What do you want

poetry In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin

Do not trust economists!

interview Treat economists like any religious minority, says Tomas Sedlacek. Grant them the right to say whatever they believe and the right to gather. But always be sceptical of the stories they tell. Just take the invisible hand of the market: it's plain wishful thinking, like a prayer. [ more ]

01.08.2014
Edith Ackermann, Urs Hirschberg

Talent, intuition, creativity

On the limits of digital technologies

interview Imagining and realizing novel ideas engages aspects of the mind, body and self that we barely control, says Edith Ackermann in interview. Learning, like the art of living itself, is about navigating uncertainties rather than controlling what we cannot predict. [ more ]

31.07.2014
Nikolay Nikolov

Without a façade to hide behind

Lessons from Bulgaria

bulgaria The longest anti-government protest in Bulgarian history brought about the resignation of Plamen Oresharski's cabinet in July. But where does the political process go from here? Nikolay Nikolov remains optimistic about the outcome of the country's tormented transition to democracy. [ more ]

30.07.2014
Suzanne Sinke

Moved to marry

Marriage and cross-border migration in the history of the United States

gender In a narrative shaped by gender and racial inequalities, Suzanne Sinke maps the interplay between migration and marriage from the origins of the United States onward. A chronicle of shifts in women's rights, the story unfolds on the interface between the familial and the national. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Wolfgang Kemp

The oligarch

Thoughts on a career path

wealth After the loans for shares, mergers, litigation and an unhealthy dependency on natural resources, all that's likely to remain of any real worth is the yacht in the harbour. Thus concludes Wolfgang Kemp in this attempt to grasp the rise (and fall) of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Mykola Riabchuk

Decentralization and subsidiarity

In opposition to federalization à la russe

reform A spectre is haunting Ukraine, the spectre of federalism, observes Mykola Riabchuk in an article on Russian interference in Ukraine. So will the Ukrainian elite and people grasp what is likely the last chance to save the country and implement institutional reform? Or will Putinism win out? [ more ]

05.08.2014
Volodymyr Kulyk

Unity and identity

Language policy after the Maidan

language The transnational market for Russian language products means that they always have a competitive edge over Ukrainian ones. Time to introduce quotas for Ukrainian language television and film productions, along with tax benefits for Ukrainian publications, argues Volodymyr Kulyk. [ more ]

06.08.2014
 

Public debate

Eurozine News Item

New debates online at Time to Talk

news Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk, a pan-European network of centres of debate, is running hot this summer. The current focus is "The crisis of trust in Europe: How to build new bonds of mutual confidence". So how does mistrust hinder collective action? And what can be done about it? [ more ]

04.08.2014
 

Article of the month

Seyla Benhabib

Critique of humanitarian reason

essay Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. [ more ]

18.07.2014
 

Migration

Martina Mauer

Bayern, Berlin, Brussels

The long march of the refugees

protest There's a new Europe-wide refugee movement taking shape. It has succeeded in making the problems refugees face a permanent topic of public debate, one that politicians can no longer ignore. And broad social solidarity with its demands is growing too, writes Martina Mauer. [ more ]

18.07.2014
Timothy Cooper

Arab migrants face a new Sykes-Picot in Calais

border control Afghan Jungle, Hazara Jungle, Palestine House. Calais' squats and camps have existed in various incarnations for years: the result of two European nations fortifying themselves against crises of their own making, writes Timothy Cooper. History continues to repeat itself. [ more ]

18.07.2014
Eve Geddie

Changing the European discourse on migration

Discourse Increased securitization and discrimination against migrants has neither reinforced the freedom, security and well-being of EU citizens nor curbed irregular migration, writes Eve Geddie. It's time to change the European discourse on undocumented migrants. [ more ]

29.01.2014
Kenan Malik

In defence of diversity

Fortress Europe It is wrong to make immigration responsible for Europe's social ills, writes Kenan Malik. Worse still is the way in which fortress Europe has created not only a physical barrier around the continent, but an emotional one, too, around Europe's sense of humanity. [Spanish version added] [ more ]

18.12.2013
Alessandro Leogrande

Two or three things about Albania. Travel notes

memory The pyramid investment funds that two-thirds of Albanians had invested in collapsed in 1997, causing violent social unrest. Many Albanians fled to Italy and 83 perished en route in the sinking of the "Kateri i Rades". But the memory of all this has been suppressed, writes Alessandro Leogrande. [ more ]

13.05.2014
Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

European identity Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie. Swedish version added [ more ]

16.05.2012
 
Ferry Biedermann, Nat Muller

No stone throwing in glass houses

Ripples of the Arab uprisings in the Gulf

art and politics The Arab Spring has done nothing to stop business continuing as usual in the art markets of the Gulf states, write Nat Muller and Ferry Biedermann. At the same time, the wrath of Arab peninsula monarchies continues to rain down on anything that smacks of dissent. [ more ]

23.07.2014
Derya Özkan

Gecekondu chic?

Informal settlements and urban poverty as cultural commodity

Urban life From the long tradition of slum tours to the more recent look of the poorgeoisie, the commodification and aestheticization of poverty seems to know no bounds. Derya Özkan reflects on when contemporary culture begins to empty social issues of any social content. [ more ]

11.07.2014
Farid Hafez

The Arab Spring and "Islam"

Counterrevolution strikes

Egypt Discourses on Islam and Islamism remain in flux after the Arab Spring. Farid Hafez focuses on the counterrevolution in Egypt and the military regime's instrumentalization of a radical Islamic discourse, ostensibly to stop the Muslim Brotherhood turning Egypt into "Iran 2.0". [ more ]

23.07.2014
Raúl Zurita

A new poetry will be born

A conversation with Chilean poet Raúl Zurita

literature Without poetry, life on Earth would cease within five minutes, insists Raul Zurita. That said, the language of publicity has long threatened to irreversibly cut all ties between the signifier and the signified. Once this happens, poetic language will die. At which point, a new poetry will be born. [ more ]

23.07.2014
Durs Grünbein, Michael Wiederstein

A place, a garden, some time

A conversation with German lyricist Durs Grünbein

literature No more radical manifestos and no private life either: artists must now commit every waking hour to their business plan. Durs Grünbein on leading a creative life despite everything, plus influences ranging from a tradition of European reform to ancient Mediterranean cultures. [ more ]

22.07.2014
 

wealth

Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty

Dynamics of inequality

A conversation with Thomas Piketty

economics At the heart of every great democratic revolution there was a fiscal revolution, argues Thomas Piketty. And the same will be true of the future. Only a global register of financial assets and a progressive global tax on capital can keep global wealth concentration under control. [Estonian version added] [ more ]

02.07.2014
 
Boris Vezjak

Eternal return

On protests, intellectuals and a lack of democracy

slovenia The protests of 2012 and 2013 in Slovenia seem to have drawn a blank. People did realize the urgent need for a different kind of politics and more honest leadership of the country, writes Boris Vezjak. But they did not offer ideas for concrete improvements. [ more ]

08.07.2014
Joanna Warsza

If art is a pretentious concept, sub-art isn't

On the politics of Antanas Mockus as mayor of Bogotá

performativity "When I am trapped, I try to do what an artist would do", Antanas Mockus once said. And upon his election as mayor of Bogotá in 1993, his artistically driven actions met with considerable success. Joanna Warsza illuminates the lasting relevance of Mockus' novel approach to politics. [ more ]

04.07.2014
Krzysztof Czyzewski

Culture and solidarity

participation Without equality and fraternity, freedom brings enslavement, writes Krzysztof Czyzewski. And overcoming the ego-centric tendencies that shape contemporary culture remains the central challenge of our times: the search for a culture of solidarity continues. [ more ]

04.07.2014
Victor Tsilonis

The struggle of opposites

On the most discussed book in Greece of recent years

greece From 1975 until 2002, the terrorist activities of the revolutionary organization 17 November, or "17N", preoccupied Greek public opinion and the secret services of several states. Victor Tsilonis critiques the first book offering a view "from within" 17N, by offender-author Dimitris Koufontinas. [ more ]

09.07.2014
Roberto Belloni

The growing euroscepticism of the western Balkans

Balkans The more advanced the process of European integration, the more pronounced the euroscepticism in the Balkan states, writes Roberto Belloni. However, should Europe fail to stand by the region, it would destroy the European Union's credibility. [ more ]

21.05.2014
 

Ukraine

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

Tatiana Zhurzhenko

The autumn of nations 1989 and the Ukrainian winter 2013-14

ukraine Putinism is not communism, yet it seems that many in the West are willing to understand and even accept Moscow's actions. So how firm will the West's stance be in protecting the foundations of European security subverted by Putin's actions in Ukraine? [ more ]

13.06.2014
Sergii Leshchenko

Ukraine's puppet masters

A typology of oligarchs

power struggle It'll be a long haul, but it can be done. Having systematically charted the careers of the people who drove Ukraine to the brink of destruction, Sergii Leshchenko grapples with the question of how to shake Ukraine free of the oligarchs' grip. [ more ]

15.05.2014
Oksana Forostyna

How to oust a dictator in 93 days

Bankers, hipsters and housewives: Revolution of the common people

protest In her firsthand account of events in Kyiv between 18 and 20 February, Oksana Forostyna conveys the intensity of the struggle that led to former president Viktor Yanukovych's exit. And how the Maidan became a space where protesters from all sorts of backgrounds worked and fought together. [ more ]

15.05.2014
Timothy Snyder

Europe and Ukraine: Past and future

Essay The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. On 25 May both Ukrainians and EU citizens can decide which way things will turn this time. Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. [ more ]

16.04.2014

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John Borneman

Liberation in the women and gay movements

social movements When did the queer performance of identity markers begin to be seen as more subversive than marching through the institutions? And how did a politics of recognition, performance and identity trump the politics of class? John Borneman investigates. [ more ]

20.06.2014
Kristian Blomberg

Metaphors in film

visual culture Photography and film changed the way we experience the world by capturing traces that would otherwise have been forgotten, assuming they were even noticed in the first place. Kristian Blomberg asks, could film be a metaphor for a rare kind of truth? [ more ]

25.06.2014
Edith Lynn Beer

My family's Austro-Hungarian Empire

Life writing Edith Lynn Beer's family history holds a mirror up to the short twentieth century: an era in which peoples, cultures, languages and place names came and went as one tried to survive the experience of war. Code-switching and culture shocks became permament features of everyday life. [ more ]

24.06.2014
Manuel Arias Maldonado

Sentimental democracy

power All politics and no emotion: this has led to the rise of anti-European parties, xenophobia and populist tendencies, argues Manuel Arias Maldonado. So while cultivating emotions in political life is not without its dangers, liberalism must discover a more passionate form of doing politics. [ more ]

25.06.2014
Ales Debeljak

Elusive common dreams

The perils and hopes of a European identity

from the archives Western Europe lives like a family without feelings for the post-communist states on the same continent. A more diverse concept of Europe is needed for a European identity worthy of its name. [Italian version added] [ more ]

28.08.2001
 

network news

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New Eurozine partner: Frakcija

Journals Croatian performing arts journal "Frakcija" has joined the Eurozine network. A mainstay of Croatia's independent scene, the journal works in partnership with an impressive range of production units, performing arts centres and festivals throughout Europe. [ more ]

24.06.2014
Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: A2

Journals The Czech cultural biweekly "A2" has provided a provocative alternative to the cultural mainstream since 2005 and combines rigorous critique with a punk approach to all the latest developments in both Czech and international spheres. "A2" is a new Eurozine partner. [ more ]

23.06.2014
Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Kultura Liberalna

Journals Polish online journal "Kultura Liberalna" has joined the Eurozine network. The "liberalism" in the title is not just a declaration of commitment to core liberal values but also an indication of openness to the world and all of its diverse social, political and cultural life. [ more ]

28.05.2014
 

Internet commons

Geert Lovink, Astra Taylor

Beyond digital discontent

A conversation with Astra Taylor

net criticism The Internet and the World Wide Web were designed with a combination of academic, public service and even countercultural values, says Astra Taylor. So why do we accept that corporate values should now take precedent? Introducing the "people's platform". [ more ]

30.05.2014
Süreyyya Evren

What do you know about VPNs?

Censorship in Turkey today

Turkey Words are under siege in Turkey and journalism has been taken hostage, writes Süreyyya Evren. When this era ends, he doesn't know how long society will need to recover. But for now, it's all about virtual private networks, among other forms of resistance. [ more ]

10.06.2014
Jef Huysmans, Amandine Scherrer

The European Union's fight for digital rights

Internet The EU's response to the NSA scandal, a recent landmark European Court of Justice ruling and the European Parliament's rejection of ACTA: all developments, argue Amandine Scherrer and Jef Huysmans, that show the EU remains key to achieving an Internet commons. [ more ]

21.05.2014
Marc Beise, Frank Schirrmacher, Peter Sloterdijk

Bigger than us

A round table discussion on the age of big data

technology Welcome to the parallel world of data, where all data is credit data and the digital economy knows no limits. But add systemic mistrust and intercontinental economic warfare to the equation, and the question as to where all this is heading becomes critical. [ more ]

28.05.2014
 

World War I

Kenan Malik

The forgotten roots of World War I

100 years WWI Those who wish to pass off World War I as a just war against German militarism should remember that at the heart of the global imperialist network stood not Germany but Britain, writes Kenan Malik. And that behind imperialist expansion lay venomous racism. [ more ]

27.05.2014

read also Gaby Zipfel on the implications of WWI for the gender hierarchy of the western world

Jost Dülffer

Planned memory

The history boom surrounding WWI

WWI The media preparations for the centenary of WWI seem unstoppable, comments Jost Düffler. Meanwhile, scholarly interpretations are in flux. And sales of new books on the subject are high, confirming that history sells; but also reflecting the sense of crisis concerning Europe's present. [ more ]

14.05.2014
 

Hungary

János Széky

A tradition of nationalism

The case of Hungary

Politics In an article first published shortly before Viktor Orbán won his second term in office and Jobbik support soared in the April elections, János Széky outlines the historical roots of Hungarian nationalism and how the cult of national unity came to be written into the 2011 constitution. [ more ]

11.04.2014

Read also Orban's Hungary in focus

 

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
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
 

Russia

Vladislav Inozemtsev

How to win Cold War II

strategy The West must start to put its long-term interests above the instant gratification of London bankers, German gas traders and real estate dealers all over Europe, who are yearning for Russian money. Then the new Cold War can be won, writes Vladislav Inozemtsev. [ more ]

28.03.2014
Oleg Riabov, Tatiana Riabova

The decline of Gayropa?

How Russia intends to save the world

Geopolitics The Sochi winter Olympics are over but Russia's anti-gay laws remain. Tatiana Riabova and Oleg Riabov show how discourse in Russia brands "European sexual deviancy" a natural result of western democratic development; and Russia as the last bastion of "normalcy". [ more ]

05.02.2014

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

 

Gender

Gender and cultural journals: A European survey

Survey What's the bigger picture regarding gender and cultural journals? Do journals have the resources to deal with it? And what role does gender play, if any, where commissioning patterns and content are concerned? Eurozine has conducted a European survey that examines the issues in greater depth. [ more ]

14.11.2013
Beatrix Campbell

After neoliberalism: The need for a gender revolution

gender Whether in its Asian forms, or under the Anglo-American model or Latin America's post-dictatorship democracies, capital may employ women but doesn't emancipate them, writes Beatrix Campbell. And nothing less than a gender revolution can change this. [ more ]

14.05.2014
Jaroslaw Kuisz, Karolina Wigura

Poland's gender dispute

What does it say about Polish society?

poland An anti-gender campaign initiated by the Roman Catholic Church in Poland made gender a permanent fixture on the front pages of Polish newspapers as 2013 drew to a close. Karolina Wigura and Jaroslaw Kuisz introduce a new series of articles from Kultura Liberalna. [ more ]

28.03.2014
Beate Rössler

Desperately seeking women

gender Gender quotas were first discussed over 30 years ago; where introduced, they have successfully offset structural discrimination against women. So why do many countries still not have them? Concentrating on the German situation, Beate Rössler re-states the case. [ more ]

28.02.2014
Ayse Gül Altinay

Gendered silences, gendered memories

New memory work on Islamized Armenians in Turkey

memory The case of Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the narratives of their "Muslim" grandchildren pose significant challenges to Turkish national self-understanding and the official politics of genocide denial, writes Ayse Gül Altinay. [ more ]

12.02.2014
Barbara Unmüßig

Three years "Arabellion": A women's spring?

social change Shortly after Tunisia enshrines gender equality into its constitution, Barbara Unmüßig surveys the situation of women in the countries where the Arab Spring began to play out three years ago. Self-organization, the role of Islam in society and sexual violence all remain key concerns. [ more ]

11.02.2014
Slavenka Drakulic

Flirting with a stranger

Women's writing on aging

literature Aging is a common literary theme though overwhelmingly confined to male writing, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Does dementia provide a culturally acceptable, metaphorical replacement for women's accounts of aging, and if so why? [ more ]

31.01.2014
Teresa Kulawik

Women's Solidarity

The uprising of the Polish women's movement

politics Poland is the only post-socialist country with a women's movement worthy of the name, writes Teresa Kulawik. Should it succeed in establishing a transparent structure that can accommodate compromise, "Kongres Kobiet" could provide a model for the country's political system. [ more ]

09.01.2014
 

Media

Ouidyane Elouardaoui

Behind the scenes of pan-Arabism

media The emergence of new private, transnational Arab TV channels in the 1990s raised hopes that, having shrugged off state control, Arab media would provide the kind of coverage that critical issues in Arab nations deserved. Ouidyane Elouardaoui investigates what went wrong. [ more ]

23.04.2014
Matic Majcen

The importance of going to film festivals

cinema A film critic without a film festival is no film critic at all, insists Matic Majcen, film editor for the Slovenian journal "Dialogi". To be completely alone with the film and one's opinion of it is a unique experience in a film world where advertising and promotion are becoming increasingly invasive. [ more ]

28.05.2014
Jason Wilson

After the burn: TED in Long Beach

How TED commodifies knowledge and closes down debate

solutionism The media organization TED sells itself as one of a new brand of arbiters and brokers of innovation. And yet, writes Jason Wilson, TED's preferred model of thinking is not the critical delineation of problems, or the formulation of better questions, but the closure of solutionism. [ more ]

23.01.2014
Stephan Ruß-Mohl

On the necessity of European journalism

communications If a genuinely open-minded European outlook were cultivated among journalists, then the European project would flourish for the next 50 years. Stephan Ruß-Mohl contends that a culture of European journalism is essential for overcoming the eurocrisis. [ more ]

29.01.2014
Natalya Ryabinska

New media and democracy in post-Soviet countries

media As the use of the Internet in the post-Soviet space continues to evolve, Natalya Ryabinska shows how tools of control, surveillance and propaganda are more than up to the task of hindering online sources that promote democratization. Once again, the fate of civil society hangs in the balance. [ more ]

09.10.2013
 

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George Pagoulatos, Philippe Legrain
In the EU we (mis)trust: On the road to the EU elections

http://www.eurozine.com/timetotalk/in-the-eu-we-mistrust-on-the-road-to-the-eu-elections/
On 10 April, De Balie and the ECF jointly organized a public debate in Amsterdam entitled "In the EU we (mis)trust: On the road to the EU elections". Some of the questions raised: Which challenges does Europe face today? Which strategic choices need to be made? [more]

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William E Scheuerman
Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance
The case of Edward Snowden

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-04-18-scheuerman-en.html
Earlier civil disobedients hinted at our increasingly global condition. Snowden takes it as a given. But, writes William E. Scheuerman, in lieu of an independent global legal system in which Snowden could defend his legal claims, the Obama administration should treat him with clemency. [more]

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Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-01-16-tokarczuk-en.html
Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And "minority" languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world. [more]

Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz
Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-08-16-kuisz-en.html
The recent publication of the private diary of Witold Gombrowicz provides unparalleled insight into the life of one of Poland's great twentieth-century novelists and dramatists. But this is not literature. Instead: here he is, completely naked. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

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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

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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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/conversano2014.html
Taking place in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, this year's Eurozine conference will address both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Confirmed speakers include Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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