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Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin

Do not trust economists!

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

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

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


Eurozine Review

The world's echo system

In "ResetDOC", Seyla Benhabib critiques humanitarian reason; "Blätter" reports on Europe's new refugee movement; "openDemocracy" expresses alarm at the expulsions of a predatory capitalism; "Springerin" looks at the Arab Spring's legacy in contemporary art; "Dérive" sees through the technology-driven smart city hype; "Vikerkaar" visits the post-socialist bazaar; "Magyar Lettre" publishes an extract from Endre Kukorelly's memoir; in "Letras Libres", Margaret MacMillan sees parallels between 1914 and 2014; "L'Espill" looks at new forms of Spanish nationalism; "Fronesis" calls for a more radical discussion of crises; and "Schweizer Monat" talks to the lyricist Durs Grünbein. [more]

23.07.2014


Ferry Biedermann, Nat Muller

No stone throwing in glass houses

Ripples of the Arab uprisings in the Gulf

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


Farid Hafez

The Arab Spring and "Islam"

Counterrevolution strikes

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


Durs Grünbein, Michael Wiederstein

A place, a garden, some time

A conversation with German lyricist Durs Grünbein

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


Raúl Zurita

A new poetry will be born

A conversation with Chilean poet Raúl Zurita

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


Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty

Dynamics of inequality

A conversation with Thomas Piketty

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]

22.07.2014


Osman Deniztekin

When the feet become the head

Gezi and its aftermath

Widespread calls for the resignation of those responsible for the police brutality in Gezi Park prompted Erdogan to retort at the time: "Since when have the feet become the head?" Such rhetoric leaves Osman Deniztekin deeply concerned for the state of democracy in Turkey. [Hungarian version added] [more]

22.07.2014


Boris Vezjak

Slovenia's uprising

Protests at the end of 2012 in Slovenia caught the attention of international newspapers. Boris Vezjak asks what the goal of this "uprising" - suddenly a universally popular concept - is, and whether it might represent more than merely an isolated incident. [Hungarian version added] [more]

22.07.2014


Yuri Andrukhovych

Think about us!

In an appeal directed to foreign journalists, renowned Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych states that it is those in Ukraine's highest leadership that deserve to be labelled extremists, not the protestors on the streets. Yanukovych has brought the country to its limits.[Hungarian version added] [more]

22.07.2014


Slavenka Drakulic

Glancing back (2009-2010)

Recalling childhood trips abroad, Slavenka Drakulic suspects Yugoslavians were corrupted by the freedom to travel. "My generation confused democratic freedom with the freedom to shop in the West. The wars that followed were the almost medieval retribution for that."[Hungarian version added] [more]

22.07.2014


Seyla Benhabib

Critique of humanitarian reason

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


Martina Mauer

Bayern, Berlin, Brussels

The long march of the refugees

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

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


Derya Özkan

Gecekondu chic?

Informal settlements and urban poverty as cultural commodity

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


Eurozine Review

Courage of thought vs technocracy

"New Eastern Europe" speaks to Lech Walesa; "Res Publica Nowa" recalls that crises have always mobilized the European spirit; "La Revue nouvelle" warns against the xenophobia at Europe's heart; "Frakcjia" asks whether the immunity of art is merely an illusion; "Dialogi" debates the failures of the Slovenian uprisings; "Intellectum" reads Greece's most discussed book; "A2" champions Czech writers' rights; and "Dilema veche" speaks to acclaimed Romanian writer in exile, Norman Manea. [more]

09.07.2014


John Gray

Utopia and incapacity

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07.07.2014


Ivan Krastev

In defence of decadent Europe?

[more]

07.07.2014


Ian Buruma

Europe: A noble idea

[more]

07.07.2014


Shlomo Avineri

European Union: vision and reality

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07.07.2014


Boris Vezjak

Eternal return

On protests, intellectuals and a lack of democracy

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


Victor Tsilonis

The struggle of opposites

On the most discussed book in Greece of recent years

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


Joanna Warsza

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

On the politics of Antanas Mockus as mayor of Bogotá

"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

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


Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty

Dynamics of inequality

A conversation with Thomas Piketty

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]

22.07.2014


Timothy Snyder, Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Diaries and memoirs of the Maidan

Ukraine from November 2013 to February 2014

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


Paolo Flores d'Arcais

Saving Europe

Do away with politics as a career option and consider it instead a civilian service lasting no more than two years. For only political bricolage, writes Paolo Flores d'Arcais, can rescue Europe from financial democratic dictatorship or totalitarian tendencies of an even more sinister nature. [Spanish version added] [more]

26.06.2014


Kristian Blomberg

Metaphors in film

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


Eurozine Review

Every camera a surveillance camera

"Mittelweg 36" squares the legacy of feminist Shulamith Firestone with modern social movements; "Nuori Voima" insists on celebrating film in an age of media convergence; in "Merkur", Edith Lynn Beer reassembles a transatlantic family history that began in Bukovina; "Letras Libres" discerns in Gabriel García Márquez a tragic victory of imagination over reality; "Vikerkaar" lists the elements of Estonian masculinities; "Lettera internazionale" celebrates its 30th; Esprit contemplates the end of days; "Ord&Bild" will never be a slave to fashion; "Syn og Segn" thinks the agrarian movement should face up to its Anti-Semitic past; and "Arena" paraphrases Horkheimer: if you don't want to talk about capitalism then you had better keep quiet about football! [more]

25.06.2014


Edith Lynn Beer

My family's Austro-Hungarian Empire

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

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

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]

25.06.2014


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Frakcija

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

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


John Borneman

Liberation in the women and gay 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


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

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

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


Eurozine Review

All about the beautiful game

"Dublin Review of Books" says the World Cup is no game-changer for Brazil; "Blätter" still believe in football's utopian potential; "Schweizer Monat" speaks to FIFA president Sepp Blatter; "Kulturos barai" bets the coming global energy crisis will wake everyone up again; "Varlik" marks the anniversary of the Gezi protests; "Springerin" stands up for the artist battling with censorship; "Revista Crítica" sees the Brazilian middle class claim its dignity; in "Samtiden", Dag Solstad expresses his dislike of much contemporary European literature; "Host" fears the Czech literary classic is going pop; and "Krytyka Polityczna" compares Indian and Polish democracies. [more]

11.06.2014


Steven Chu, Claudia Mäder, Florian Rittmeyer

It's all about money!

Steve Chu was the first working scientist to be appointed US energy secretary. After stepping down in 2013, the Nobel Prize winner remains optimistic about renewable energy, insisting that it's better to aim too high and fall short than aim too low and achieve one's goal. [more]

11.06.2014


Jean-Louis Fabiani

Changes in the public sphere (1983-2013)

In this article based on Fabiani's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2013, the sociologist situates the events of Zucotti Park and Tahrir Square in a continuum that points to how future innovation may enable a global public sphere to overcome democratic fatigue. [Turkish version added] [more]

11.06.2014


Pelin Tan

Uncommon knowledge

A transversal dictionary

Artist-run platforms are generating unique forms of solidarity, translocal networks and various types of transversal knowledge and alternative pedagogies. Pelin Tan makes the case for a language that remains faithful to the project of rebuilding a collective consciousness. [Turkish version added] [more]

11.06.2014


Süreyyya Evren

What do you know about VPNs?

Censorship in Turkey today

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


Tom Hennigan

The modernist moment

Urban politics in Brazil

Brazil may be a favourite to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But the tournament failed to be the host country's game-changer, writes Tom Hennigan. As triumphs of the tropical modernist movement are swamped by new development, the dismal quality of urban life remains a sore point. [more]

06.06.2014


Richard Heinberg, Almantas Samalavicius

Boom or bust time for critical thinking?

A conversation with Richard Heinberg

Following the massive bailouts, stimulus spending and quantitative easing of recent years, everyone breathed a sigh of relief and went back to sleep, says Richard Heinberg. But the coming global energy crisis will likely provide the jolt that wakes everyone up again. [more]

04.06.2014


Volodymyr Yermolenko

Dreams of Europe

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

02.06.2014


Ivan Krastev

The transparency delusion

Disillusionment with democracy founded on mistrust of business and political elites has prompted a popular obsession with transparency. But the management of mistrust cannot remedy voters' loss of power and may spell the end for democratic reform. [Slovenian version added] [more]

02.06.2014


Geert Lovink, Astra Taylor

Beyond digital discontent

A conversation with Astra Taylor

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


Pelin Tan

Uncommon knowledge

A transversal dictionary

Artist-run platforms are generating unique forms of solidarity, translocal networks and various types of transversal knowledge and alternative pedagogies. Pelin Tan makes the case for a language that remains faithful to the project of rebuilding a collective consciousness. [Turkish version added] [more]

11.06.2014


Eurozine Review

New fascisms coated with sugar

"openDemocracy" demands substantive democracy's total transformation after the EU elections; "Esprit" discovers in political bricolage the salvation of Europe; "Schweizer Monat" dives into the parallel world of data; "New Humanist" argues that WWI was just as much about British imperialism as German militarism; "Kultura Liberalna" tries to read Vladimir Putin's mind; "Letras Libres" looks forward to the premier of Mario Vargas Llosa's new play; "Critique and Humanism" observes the transformation of Sofia after a year of protest; "Multitudes" probes forms of collectivity old and new; "Akadeemia" assesses Estonia's ten years of EU membership; and "Dialogi" says a film critic without a film festival is no film critic. [more]

28.05.2014


Mary Kaldor

The habits of the heart

Substantive democracy after the European elections

Only a mixture of bottom-up and top-down measures can avoid a nationalist cycle of disintegration now, argues Mary Kaldor. This means opening up the public sphere, especially at local and transnational levels, at the same time as creating a framework for a civilizing globalization. [more]

28.05.2014


Matic Majcen

The importance of going to film festivals

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


Marc Beise, Frank Schirrmacher, Peter Sloterdijk

Bigger than us

A round table discussion on the age of big data

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


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Kultura Liberalna

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


Paolo Flores d'Arcais

Saving Europe

Do away with politics as a career option and consider it instead a civilian service lasting no more than two years. For only political bricolage, writes Paolo Flores d'Arcais, can rescue Europe from financial democratic dictatorship or totalitarian tendencies of an even more sinister nature. [Spanish version added] [more]

26.06.2014


Kenan Malik

The forgotten roots of World War I

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


Jef Huysmans, Amandine Scherrer

The European Union's fight for digital rights

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


Roberto Belloni

The growing euroscepticism of the western 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


Oksana Forostyna

How to oust a dictator in 93 days

Bankers, hipsters and housewives: Revolution of the common people

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


Sergii Leshchenko

Ukraine's puppet masters

A typology of oligarchs

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


Eurozine Review

Elections: The dilemma of the year

"Il Mulino" asks, what hope for the European Union?; "Blätter" warns against paving the way to parliament for the radical Right; "Soundings" looks to a post-euro future, beyond austerity; "Dilema veche" remains ambivalent about Romania's place in the EU; "Ny Tid" calls for a European public sphere; "Merkur" paints a desolate picture of New Europe; in "Vikerkaar", Jaan Kaplinski throws a spanner in the EU's works; "Wespennest" remembers the Albanians who preceded today's victims of Fortress Europe; "pARTisan" looks at global discourse in Belarus; "dérive" states that austerity is no mistake; and "Osteuropa" remembers WWI. [more]

14.05.2014


Beatrix Campbell

After neoliberalism: The need for a gender revolution

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


Susanne Röckel

New Europe

A sketch from the Danube

The perils of European integration are well represented at the Danubian port of Calafat, southern Romania. Suzanne Röckel reports on how the completion of a road and rail bridge named "New Europe" in 2013, connecting the city to the Bulgarian bank, all but destroyed Calafat's social fabric. [more]

14.05.2014


Albrecht von Lucke

Europe and the rightist temptation

Will general disinterest in the European elections pave the way for the radical Right to the European Parliament? Albrecht von Lucke looks beyond received but misleading notions of an enlightened EU, to the reality of actually existing European democracy. [more]

14.05.2014


Jost Dülffer

Planned memory

The history boom surrounding 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


Maria Kaika, Erik Swyngedouw

Radical urban political-ecological imaginaries

Planetary urbanization and politicizing nature

It's no longer about nature in the city but the urbanization of nature itself, write Erik Swyngedouw and Maria Kaika. Welcome to the cyborg city, in which human and non-human inhabitants are globally linked through the circulation of water, energy, fat, chemicals and viruses. [more]

14.05.2014


Nadia Urbinati

Repoliticizing representation in Europe

If the patrolling of borders unites European peoples more solidly than European "universal values", what hope for the EU? Nadia Urbinati argues that issues raised by the coming European elections go to the heart of the pact that defined the post-war democratic rebirth. [more]

13.05.2014


Alessandro Leogrande

Two or three things about Albania. Travel notes

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


Brigitte Kratzwald

The power to refuse

Commons and resistance

Commons are a form of resistance against self-exploitation, isolation and the reduction of people to consumers, writes Brigitte Kratzwald. But this resistance isn't about destroying what already exists: it's about creative production geared to meeting people's real needs. [more]

13.05.2014


Chris Hann

After the euro

A common currency should remain a central component of international co-operation and redistribution, argues Chris Hann. But European debates on the compatibility of capitalism and democracy must be radically reframed if the currency, and the structures underpinning it, are to succeed. [more]

09.05.2014


Eurozine News Item

Ukraine: Thinking together

Kyiv, 15-19 May 2014

At an international conference in Kyiv, taking place between 15 and 19 May, European, American and Russian intellectuals will meet their Ukrainian counterparts to discuss the meaning of Ukrainian pluralism for the future of Europe, Russia and the world. [more]

06.05.2014


Eurozine Review

The Battle of Trafalgar in cyberspace

"Mittelweg 36" observes Edward Snowden following in the footsteps of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; "Esprit" discovers in nihilism a valuable resource; "Glänta" watches TV; "Belgrade Journal" confronts the ultimate European crisis; "Blätter" urges Europe to take the next exit on the road to post-democracy; "Polar" refuses to be got down by the visual politics of heaviness; "Lettera internazionale" stresses the encounter with, over the inclusion of, the other; "Arena" calls for racism to be kicked out of political life once and for all; "Akadeemia" celebrates its 25th; "Syn og Segn" wants to give Margit Sandemo a literature prize; "Dziejaslou" prefers Belarusian classics to the country's young unruly writers; and "Schweizer Monat" emphasizes the importance of an extremely rich cultural life. [more]

30.04.2014


Martin Saar

Surfeit

Something drastic has to happen

It may well be that the social critique of new forms of exploitation and discrimination simply has to be drastic enough to cultivate responses such as indigination, shock, shame and rage. Responses without which, argues Martin Saar, no one at all would start to behave radically differently. [more]

30.04.2014


Jean-Luc Nancy

World without meaning

During the 1960s, Jean-Luc Nancy explored in "Esprit" the pressures under which traditional categories of thought had come. He never lost his engagement amid the trials that deconstruction and religion, among others, posed. Now Nancy returns to the pages of "Esprit" in interview. [more]

30.04.2014


Peter Marcuse

Re-imagining the city critically

A re-designed city is a means to an end. And for Peter Marcuse, that end is the welfare and happiness of those whom the city should serve: all of us. He also asserts the realm of work could be shrunk without impacting negatively on a desirable realm of freedom. [Italian version added] [more]

30.04.2014


Karin Priester

Governance in Europe

On the way to post-democracy?

The European Union's authoritarian tendencies are now such that democracy seems to imply the governance of organizations, by organizations, for organizations. Karin Priester asks what is to be done under a European democracy in which the demos scarcely features at all. [more]

29.04.2014


Gaby Zipfel

"Beyond good and evil for once!"

"Authorized transgressions" and women in wartime

What exactly were the implications of World War I for the gender hierarchy of the western world? Gaby Zipfel argues for frank, not to mention long overdue, discussion of when and how women and men encounter one other in war. [more]

25.04.2014


Gilles Lipovetsky, Mario Vargas Llosa

"Proust is important for everyone"

In conversation with Gilles Lipovetsky, novelist and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa discusses the relative merits of "high" and "mass" culture in the contemporary world and defends the ideas explored in his book "La civilización del espectáculo". [German version added] [more]

25.04.2014


Nadia Urbinati

Between hegemony and mistrust

Representative democracy in the Internet era

Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the impact of Beppe Grillo's blog on Italian politics reveal how "Internet democracy" has opened a new phase of democratic innovation. The relationship between citizens and politicians may never be the same again. [Italian version added] [more]

23.04.2014


Ouidyane Elouardaoui

Behind the scenes of pan-Arabism

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


Judy Radul

Marquee Moon

In 1969, some 600 million viewers around the world watched the first manned moon landing on television. But game shows, talk shows and reality TV became the enduring TV forms. Judy Radul takes another look at domestic scenes bathed in television's lunar glow. [more]

23.04.2014


William E Scheuerman

Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance

The case of Edward Snowden

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]

18.04.2014


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: Belgrade Journal of Media and Communications

"Belgrade Journal of Media and Communications" has joined the Eurozine network. The journal specializes in the political decoding of discursive formations concerning, among others, the end of history, post-secularism and the prospect of a cosmopolitan Europe. [more]

18.04.2014


Timothy Snyder

Europe and Ukraine: Past and future

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


Tim Groenland

Lost in the funhouse

Like Joyce's "Ulysses", Nabokov's "Lolita" was once smuggled through customs in suitcases. Tim Groenland tells the unlikely story of how Nabokov's classic ever came to be published in the first place and then go on to become a commercial success. [Slovenian version added] [more]

14.04.2014


János Széky

A tradition of nationalism

The case of Hungary

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


Nataliya Tchermalykh

The warm cold winter

Three months of Maidan have led to the victory of a spontaneous micro-economy over macro-corruption, writes Nataliya Tchermalykh. That is, the victory of an economy based on grassroots collaboration and policy, as a prerequisite for everyday life. [more]

09.04.2014


Eurozine Review

Whoever shoots first loses

"Krytyka" says the protests in Ukraine should make the EU realize it has a global mission; "Prostory" documents the Maidan; "Osteuropa" warns it's high time to focus on the Polish extreme Right; "New Eastern Europe" locates the last frontier of Kundera's Central Europe; "Free Speech Debate" says hate speech bans have no place in fully fledged democracies; "Spilne" anticipates a socialist moment in the western system; "Merkur" analyses the capitalist persona: from civilizing force to the root of all evil; "Kulturos barai" ponders how to survive technology; "Revolver Revue" refuses to forget the Jews lost to the Nazis but erased under Czech communism; and "Dilema veche" asks who's afraid of Romanians and Bulgarians? [more]

09.04.2014


Volodymyr Ishchenko, Don Kalb, Anastasia Riabchuk

Political mobilization and the world system

The case of Ukraine and Russia

In interview before Euromaidan commenced, Don Kalb discusses the future of capitalism in eastern Europe. Given the rise of China and India, and economic stagnation in the West, Kalb emphasizes the importance of political mobilization in both Ukraine and Russia. [more]

09.04.2014


Arthur W Hunt III, Almantas Samalavicius

Technology and consumership

A conversation with Arthur W. Hunt III

Today's media, combined with the latest portable devices, have pushed serious public discourse into the background and hauled triviality to the fore, according to media theorist Arthur W Hunt. And the Jeffersonian notion of citizenship has given way to modern consumership. [more]

09.04.2014


Volodymyr Yermolenko

Dreams of Europe

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

02.06.2014


Eric Heinze

The case against hate speech bans

Rejecting the classical liberal defences of free speech, Eric Heinze insists that the strongest case for free speech is grounded on specifically democratic principles. And that hate speech bans can never claim a legitimate role in fully fledged democracies. [more]

09.04.2014


Andreas Kahrs, Eva Spanka

The movement on the march

Ruch Narodowy and Poland's extreme right

Poland's extreme right has long been ignored at home and abroad. Yet recent events reveal it is among the most dynamic of its kind in Europe, write Andreas Kahrs and Eva Spanka: the Warsaw "March of Independence" in November 2013, for example, attracted nearly 50,000 participants. [more]

09.04.2014


Francis Nenik

Oh where was he going?

The story of Edward Vincent Swart

Francis Nenik relates the life of poet and anti-Apartheid activist Vincent Swart, who practised his politics in Cape Town and Johannesburg, published his poetry in Cambridge, drank brandy by the bottle and argued with his cousin, a future president of South Africa. [more]

09.04.2014


Marek Seckar

The struggle never ends

Portrait of a professional revolutionary

Even if a humane and just society is just a dream, it is not one that humanity can afford to give up on. Of this much Walter Famler, outgoing editor-in-chief of "Wespennest", remains convinced. A portrait in prose by former "Host" editor Marek Seckar. [more]

09.04.2014


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]

07.04.2014


Steffen Kverneland

Seven years with Munch

Steffen Kverneland describes how the medium of the comic book opens up new approaches to biographies of artists. And how, in his graphic biography of Edward Munch, he lets a little light and air and humour liven up the sad, slightly dull atmosphere that tends to surround the painter. [more]

04.04.2014


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]

03.04.2014


Jean-Louis Fabiani

Changes in the public sphere (1983-2013)

In this article based on Fabiani's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2013, the sociologist situates the events of Zucotti Park and Tahrir Square in a continuum that points to how future innovation may enable a global public sphere to overcome democratic fatigue. [Turkish version added] [more]

11.06.2014


Eurozine News Item

New Eurozine partner: pARTisan

"pARTisan", the Minsk-based magazine of contemporary Belarusian culture and world art, has joined the Eurozine network. For over a decade, the magazine's editorial team headed up by Artur Klinau has published a unique blend of aesthetic and intellectual content. [more]

02.04.2014


 

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Simon Garnett
Britain flouts the European Court of Justice

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The UK has passed legislation on data retention that flouts European concerns about privacy. The move demonstrates extraordinary arrogance not only towards the Court of Justice of the European Union but towards the principle of parliamentary deliberation in Britain, writes Simon Garnett. [more]

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Ukraine in focus

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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]

The ends of democracy

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At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [more]

Russia in global dialogue

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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]

The EU: Broken or just broke?

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Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the monetary union. Contributors discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken -- and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. [more]

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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

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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]

Debate series     click for more

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]

Conferences     click for more

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.
Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere
The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Oslo, 29 November - 2 December 2013

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Under the heading "Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere", the 2013 Eurozine conference focused on cultural and intellectual debate and the production of the public sphere. [more]

Multimedia     click for more

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


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