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29.09.2016
Ana Mangas

Youth in Ukraine: The motor of change?

Young people have acted as the main engine of protest in recent decades in Ukraine. But it has not been easy for the new generations to channel that presence on the streets when gaining political power. Ana Mangas reports. [English version added] [ more ]

27.09.2016
Katja Garmasch

Women fighters in eastern Ukraine

26.09.2016
Javier García Toni

Ukraine through the looking glass

22.09.2016
Maria Teteriuk

A litmus test for post-Maidan democracy

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The violent closet?

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Ana Mangas

Youth in Ukraine: The motor of change?

Young people have acted as the main engine of protest in recent decades in Ukraine. But it has not been easy for the new generations to channel that presence on the streets when gaining political power. Ana Mangas reports. [English version added] [more]

29.09.2016


Gábor Halmai

The decline of liberal democracy in Europe's midst

Fidesz's constitutional counter-revolution has reversed the process of democratization begun in Hungary in 1989. Seeking reasons for Hungary's 'backsliding', Gábor Halmai argues that democratic culture is more crucial than formal legality to guaranteeing rule of law. Hungary challenges the EU's ability to prevent illiberal democracies emerging in its midst. [more]

27.09.2016


Katja Garmasch

Women fighters in eastern Ukraine

Post-Minsk, there's still no end in sight to war in eastern Ukraine. Women soldiers too continue to fight on the front, writes Katja Garmasch. Up until this month though, their rights still paled into insignificance besides those of their male equivalents. At least this much has changed. [more]

27.09.2016


Javier García Toni

Ukraine through the looking glass

Although the neighbourhood meeting points of the young look the same, whether they be in the Malasańa in Madrid or in Darnytsia, Kyiv -- with the same trendy coffee in paper cups, the same background music -- Darnytsia is also witnessing the struggle between the new and the old that shakes the whole country, writes Javier García Toni. [more]

26.09.2016


Maria Teteriuk

A litmus test for post-Maidan democracy

Anti-discrimination legislation

The political discourse on LGBT rights has shifted in Ukraine after the Maidan and as a result of the conflict with Russia, which aggressively promotes "traditional values". However, writes Maria Teteriuk, the efficacy of recent legal reform concerning LGBT rights, introduced as part of the visa-free deal with the EU, remains to be seen. [Swedish version added] [more]

22.09.2016


Serhii Zhadan

No special status

From a distance it isn't visible, but talking with local residents, you can feel it: something is changing. Ukrainian novelist and poet Serhii Zhadan reports from Starobelsk, a town in the Luhansk region near the ceasefire line, held by the Ukrainian government. [more]

21.09.2016


Marina Lalovic

Life in Kyiv three years after Maidan

A radio report by Marina Lalovic

What is left of the Maidan revolution three years after? The divide is not so much between East and West but between those who aim for change and those who still embrace the former establishment. A radio report by Marina Lalovic. [more]

21.09.2016


E. Khayyat

How to turn Turk?

The literary history of the Turk is long: from the Shakespearean Turk to Turkish humanist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's "dervish without the mantle". But what exactly does it entail, to turn Turk? E. Khayyat traces an intellectual tradition that begins with the characters of Don Quixote. [Swedish version added] [more]

20.09.2016


George Blecher

The art of lying

Duck and dodge, wheel and deal, lies, lies and precious few facts or statistics. In the second of his Battle Dispatches covering the US elections, George Blecher explains how lying – or what he calls 'evasive rhetoric' – has become the campaign's central issue on both sides. [more]

20.09.2016


Ales Debeljak

The Yugoslav Atlantis

Like Yugoslavia, the European Union may well prove a failure in the long run, unless it can prevent the dominance of its most powerful member states. Hence the continuous need to find ways of embracing difference without giving up the cultural tradition in which one was born and raised. [Swedish version added] [more]

16.09.2016


Ana Mangas

Youth in Ukraine: The motor of change?

Young people have acted as the main engine of protest in recent decades in Ukraine. But it has not been easy for the new generations to channel that presence on the streets when gaining political power. Ana Mangas reports. [English version added] [more]

29.09.2016


Eurozine Review

The violent closet?

'L'Homme' looks at public discourse on sexual violence; 'New Humanist' questions the link between self-loathing and homophobia; 'Sarajevo Notebook' focuses on the politics of the pregnant female body; 'Osteuropa' recalls the history of terrorism on the peripheries of the Russian Empire; 'Blätter' sharpens the definition of modern slavery; 'dérive' examines the infrastructural discrimination of Roma; 'Glänta' joins a European discussion about more than just disintegration; 'Ny Tid' doubts the official version of the coup in Turkey. [more]

14.09.2016


Alex Macpherson

The roots of hate

The assumption that self-loathing is the root of homophobia ignores the fact that heterosexuals are more than capable of anti-gay damage, and is a convenient absolution for straight people. Alex Macpherson criticizes media fascination with the supposed homosexuality of Omar Mateen. [more]

14.09.2016


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Capitalism, autocracy and political masculinities in Russia

The conflict over YUKOS, between Russia's two most powerful men at the time, became a turning point in post-Soviet Russian history, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko. The expropriation of YUKOS opened the way to the annexation of Crimea a decade later; meanwhile, a new Russian masculinity was born. [Swedish version added] [more]

14.09.2016


Ivaylo Ditchev

Democracy "live"

The marketization of the media combines with digital technology to create a political order determined by public opinion, writes Ivaylo Ditchev. For political decision-making, the question whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback. [Swedish version added] [more]

14.09.2016


Carl Henrik Fredriksson

Vienna has fallen!

The challenges of a European public sphere

How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. [Swedish version added] [more]

13.09.2016


Gaby Zipfel

Sexual violence: An introduction

Public debate about sexual violence does not guarantee that society confronts what is done to those who experience it, writes Gaby Zipfel. In order to understand public debate about sexual violence, we need to analyse who speaks and what is and isn’t spoken about. [more]

13.09.2016


Pawel Marczewski

Poland's turn to the Right

On the limitations of the "liberal consensus"

It's high time we reject explanations that declare the PiS electoral victory of 2015 to be rooted in the undemocratic legacy of the communist regime, argues Pawel Marczewski. The source of scepticism concerning the EU, and the very idea of liberal democracy, is to be found elsewhere. [Slovenian version added] [more]

12.09.2016


Julián Casanova

The Spanish Civil War, 80 years after

During the early hours of 18 July 1936, Franco declared a state of war and his opposition to the Second Spanish Republic. In undermining the Republican government's ability to keep order, the ensuing coup d'état precipitated unprecedented open violence. [Slovenian version added] [more]

12.09.2016


Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic, Timothy Snyder

Beware the destruction of the state!

An interview with Timothy Snyder

In his recent book Black Earth, the historian Timothy Snyder analyses the Holocaust in terms of the destruction of the state. The Nazi and Soviet regimes had a comparable role in causing the Holocaust, despite their different ideologies and intentions, he argues. [more]

09.09.2016


Ricardo Dudda

Coffee, hipsters, reformers and the future of Ukraine

The spirit of the Revolution of Dignity 2014 has not yet lost its strength. But the reformers who emerged from Maidan Square risk thinking that Ukraine is just their Facebook fans. Ricardo Dudda reports on hipsters, coffee culture and the new reformers in Ukraine. [more]

02.09.2016


George Blecher

The ugly Americans

It's about to get rough and with all still to play for. The big question in the following weeks will be how Hillary handles herself under the pressure of Trump's coming barrage. In the first of his US election 'Battle Dispatches', George Blecher challenges Hillary to come out fighting. [more]

01.09.2016


Cecilia Ferrara

Postcards from Kyiv

For five weeks, Radio Bullets will air "Postcards from Kyiv", a programme curated by Cecilia Ferrara in the framework of the Eurozine project "Beyond conflict stories: Revealing public debate in Ukraine". Cecilia travelled by bus to Ukraine in 36 hours, in search of the thousands of Ukrainian caretakers who work in Italy and take the bus home every Thursday or Saturday. [more]

05.09.2016


Alberto García Palomo

Recycling shows its muscles

Kachalka Kyiv is not only one of the largest outdoor gyms in the world. Its fitness equipment is made out of waste materials -- wood and metal collected from old dismantled factories from the Soviet era. Alberto García Palomo reports. [more]

30.08.2016


Alberto García Palomo

Slavic love by mail

Why Ukraine’s matrimonial agencies are so successful

What is the formula for love? It's all about perseverance and luck: An ageing female population, well known for its beauty, accustomed to marriage and children at an early age, in search of a better life. Alberto G. Palomo reports. [more]

29.08.2016


Judith Vidal-Hall

Moving Stories

A Country of Refuge

One issue alone came to determine the result in the recent UK referendum: Migration, not the economy, stupid -- comments Judith Vidal-Hall in her account of a recent anthology exploring Britain's history as a place of refuge. [more]

26.08.2016


Alberto García Palomo

Jamala on tour

How is Jamala doing? It is not hard to find signs of the winner of the last Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine's larger cities. On tour through Europe, her fame prevents her from visiting her neighboring country: Russia. Alberto G. Palomo reports. [more]

23.08.2016


Katja Garmasch

A new start that's full of contradictions

Between war, nationalism and rapprochement with the West, women are changing Ukrainian society. Women, that is, with experience of fighting on the front line of the conflict in the East, as well as of engaging in civil society in Kyiv. Katja Garmasch reports. [more]

22.08.2016


Bruno Latour

On a possible triangulation of some present political positions

It is fair to say that what is called globalization used to be built on the unexamined premise that the whole planet will end up modernizing toward some convergent omega point called the Globe. This is no longer the case - observes Bruno Latour in a lecture given in May 2016 at Humboldt University, Berlin. [more]

18.08.2016


Claus Leggewie, Patrizia Nanz

The future council

New forms of democratic participation

Decisions on large-scale infrastructure projects and sustainable energy development must draw on dialogue-based processes. "Future councils" can provide a basis for political identity and clarify the implications that large infrastructure projects have at a local level. [German version added] [more]

16.08.2016


Phillip Cole

On the borders of solidarity

An ethical perspective on migration

The debate about migration in political and media discourse is dominated by issues of economics and culture, while only the ethical approach reveals the question of power, writes Phillip Cole. The left must on one hand understand anxieties people have about immigration, but on the other show courage in contesting beliefs based on untruths. [more]

12.08.2016


 

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