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29.10.2014
Rosa Liksom

Finland, Lapland, Russia and me

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
Svenja Ahlhaus

Animals in parliament?

29.10.2014
Hugues Lagrange

Mediterranean youth uprisings

29.10.2014
Ulrich Brand

Degrowth: Birth of a movement?

24.10.2014
Agri Ismail

The pioneers of global gentrification

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29.10.2014
Eurozine Review

A centre receding

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Rosa Liksom

Finland, Lapland, Russia and me

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


Svenja Ahlhaus

Animals in parliament?

Toward a new understanding of political representation

It's not so much that animals must have certain qualities to be capable of being represented, writes Svenja Ahlhaus. It's rather that their representatives must have certain capabilities and insights at their disposal in order to be able to represent animals at all. [more]

29.10.2014


Hugues Lagrange

Mediterranean youth uprisings

What unites recent uprisings on both sides of the Mediterranean is the profile of their actors: mostly young, educated middle class people. And perhaps for the first time in decades, they have been able to mobilize around the issues that matter to them, writes Hugues Lagrange. [more]

29.10.2014


Ulrich Brand

Degrowth: Birth of a movement?

Can the concept of degrowth really support the good life? Or will it remain a radical but politically inconsequential gesture of the ecolibertarian middle class? Political economist Ulrich Brand assesses whether or not the idea's time has come. [more]

29.10.2014


Agri Ismail

The pioneers of global gentrification

Does anyone feel genuinely at home in the age of global gentrification? Probably not, writes Agri Ismail, certainly not if the experience of the Kurdish diaspora is anything to go by. But so long as a Swedish song plays in an Irish pub in a chain hotel in Kurdistan, a sense of security remains. [more]

24.10.2014


Martha Nussbaum

Liberalism needs love

A conversation with Martha Nussbaum

A ban on the burqa in a country such as France, if applied consistently and without bias, would lead to bans on numerous practices in the majority culture, insists Martha Nussbaum. But while tolerance is essential, what liberalism really needs right now is love and compassion. [Spanish version added] [more]

23.10.2014


Alain Finkielkraut

Damn security!

A conversation with Alain Finkielkraut

There is no place for multiculturalism in France, says Alain Finkielkraut, let alone full-face veils; any concession that allows the Islamicization of Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods is a fatal mistake. What is required is a true and authentic, reflective and self-critical hospitality. [Spanish version added] [more]

23.10.2014


Nicole Gnesotto

There's no such thing as political globalization

How to explain the international explosion of tribal, mafia-style, dictatorial and terrorist violence? Nicole Gnesotto says it's down to the lack of "strategic globalization" on the political field, in sharp contrast to economic globalization's triumph. [more]

22.10.2014


Fréderic Neyrat

Critique of geo-constructivism

On the anthropocene and geoengineering

The geoengineer's promise of a brilliant future, where a technofix beats the threat of climate change, may seem appealing at first sight. But philosopher Fréderic Neyrat suspects that it will not end well for humans and proposes an alternative form of eco-analysis. [more]

22.10.2014


Eurozine News Item

Kultura Liberalna and Index on Censorship livestreams

Two debates organized by Eurozine partner journals will be livestreamed, including on Eurozine sister site Time to Talk. "Kultura Liberalna" debates youth unemployment in Europe and, to launch its autumn issue, "Index on Censorship" asks: will the future of journalism mean we are better informed? [more]

21.10.2014


Geert Lovink, César Rendueles

We do not prefer Facebook

A conversation with Spanish social critic César Rendueles

Let's not confuse contemporary social atomization with freedom as a complex project that requires some degree of cooperation and mutual support, says César Rendueles. And reject, once and for all, the technological ideology that extols cooperation and community building only when these are mediated by digital technologies. [more]

20.10.2014


Eurozine Review

This revolutionary moment

"Index" looks into the future of journalism; "Transit" keeps alive the memory of the Maidan; in "Syn og Segn", climate optimist Kristin Halvorsen calls for a global price tag on pollution; "Kulturos barai" talks to urban ecologist Warren Karlenzig; "Rigas Laiks" congratulates Reykjavik's first anarchist mayor; "Merkur" discusses photography and the definition of artistic value; "La Revue nouvelle" braces itself for more European political deadlock; "Kritiikki" profiles Russian émigré author Sergei Dovlatov; and "Nova Istra" remembers the Croatian émigré poet Viktor Vida. [more]

15.10.2014


Warren Karlenzig, Almantas Samalavicius

Winds of urban change

A conversation with Warren Karlenzig

From the rewilding of London's Upper Lea Valley to performance indicator software to manage 663 of China's largest cities, Warren Karlenzig knows more than most about urban sustainability projects. Yet he's never been as daunted as now by the unfathomable scale of today's cities. [more]

15.10.2014


Vladimir Yermakov

Sergei Dovlatov, a dissident sans idea

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

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


Jan von Brevern

Really great art

Michael Fried's praise of photography

Art historians may profit from publications that simply reinforce decisions made in art markets and institutions as to the value of art. But their discipline, the public and works of art tend to lose out as a result. Jan von Brevern unveils the latest threat to photography. [more]

15.10.2014


Vincent de Coorebyter

Parting ways

The crisis of the democratic system

The path of never-ending compromise has led traditional political parties into a cul-de-sac, writes political scientist Vincent de Coorebyter. They shall have to completely break with their old ways if the alienation that thrives in the ruins of representative democracy is to be overcome. [more]

15.10.2014


Sascha Feuchert, Charlotte Knobloch

Should Hitler's "Mein Kampf" be republished?

The German copyright on "Mein Kampf" expires in 2015, renewing debate on whether it should be reprinted. Sascha Feuchert, of German PEN, believes an academic version is vital. Charlotte Knobloch, former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, is of a different opinion. [more]

10.10.2014


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. [German version added] [more]

08.10.2014


Oksana Forostyna

About things certain and uncertain

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


Lev Gudkov

The technology of negative mobilization

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

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


Fabrizio Gatti

I was a slave in Puglia

A journey that takes one beyond the limits of human imagination: this is how Fabrizio Gatti describes his experience of a week spent undercover among immigrant labourers in Puglia in order to report on the horrors that these modern slaves endure. [more]

25.09.2014


Tatiana Zhurzhenko

From borderlands to bloodlands

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


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. [more]

17.09.2014


Eurozine Review

Independence in an age of interdependence

"Soundings" is on tenterhooks about the outcome of the referendum in Scotland; "Krytyka" listens to the music and politics of the Maidan; "Osteuropa" debunks both Putin's ratings and western sanctions against Russia; "New Eastern Europe" looks to Moldova to buck the trend in Russian aggression; "Index" marks 25 years since the Wall came down; in "Belgrade Journal", Gil Anidjar asks if the floodings in the Balkans are a natural or political disaster; "Free Speech Debate" questions the West's supply of digital weaponry to repressive regimes; "Dilema veche" seeks to exit the direct route from 9/11 back into the Middle Ages; and "Letras Libres" speaks to Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez. [more]

17.09.2014


Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jasper Vervaeke

Entering into dialogue with the world

Interview with Juan Gabriel Váquez

The novel is the best way of entering into dialogue with the world, insists Columbian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Which might explain why the novelist continues to feel ambivalent about contributing to public debates. Not that he'll stop doing so any time soon. [more]

17.09.2014


Irem Inceoglu

The Gezi resistance and its aftermath

A radical democratic opportunity?

The Gezi spirit continues to be seen as a remedy to the polarization of Turkish politics. But the question remains, writes Irem Inceoglu, as to how to avoid the newly blossoming politicization and the language of solidarity being squashed by party-managed politics. [more]

17.09.2014


Max Gallien

Imported repression in the Middle East

Despite evidence that western companies sell surveillance software to repressive regimes like Egypt, there have been few attempts to restrict the export of such technologies. After all, the cyber surveillance industry is big business, writes Max Gallien. [more]

17.09.2014


Thomas Rothschild

The new divide

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Thomas Rothschild draws attention to the growing gap between rich and poor in eastern Europe, and discrimination against minorities. The renaissance of nationalism in Hungary and elsewhere also requires urgent attention. [more]

16.09.2014


Fabrizio Gatti

Passing the buck

The Lampedusa shipwreck of 11 October 2013

At least 268 refugees drowned in the Lampedusa shipwreck on 11 October 2013. A month later, Fabrizio Gatti established that the tragedy could have been avoided, had the vessels in the vicinity with resources to support every victim been allowed to respond according to common sense. [more]

15.09.2014


Anton Shekhovtsov

Putin's brain?

No wonder Aleksandr Dugin, founder of Neo-Eurasianism, has caught the attention of western analysts of Russian foreign policy. Anton Shekhovtsov confirms that Dugin, among other far-right intellectuals, has made headway in his struggle for cultural hegemony in Russia. [more]

12.09.2014


Boris Dubin

Underneath Putin's ratings

Vladimir Putin's rule now hinges on an obsession with ratings and suppressing the opposition, writes Boris Dubin. But, until his recent death, the Russian sociologist still combined keen insights into Russia's rotten political culture with a plea for a new, enlightened historical consciousness. [more]

10.09.2014


Alessandro Leogrande

Two or three things about Albania

Travel notes

Two-thirds of Albanians invested in the pyramid investment funds that collapsed in 1997, causing violent social unrest. Many fled to Italy and 83 perished en route in the sinking of the "Kateri I Rades". But the memory of this was suppressed, writes Alessandro Leogrande. [English version added] [more]

08.09.2014


Nikolay Koposov

Back to Yalta?

Stephen Cohen and the Ukrainian crisis

International instability seems to increase with every passing day of the Ukrainian crisis, ushering in a new era of international relations. Slamming Russian studies scholar Stephen Cohen for misrepresenting the crisis, Nikolay Koposov urges the West to devise a completely new way of dealing with Russia. [more]

05.09.2014


Eurozine News Item

Stories without borders

Exhibitions showing parallel to Eurozine's 2014 conference are about to open in Conversano, Italy, and can already be viewed online. See how cartography encounters photography in conveying the migrations of the world's peoples, with a focus on Fortress Europe itself. [more]

05.09.2014


Eurozine Review

Was Crimea a preliminary exercise?

"New Humanist" laments the loss of two of cultural studies' greats in one year; "Mittelweg 36" discusses Russia's annexation of Crimea; in "Kultura Liberalna", Martha Nussbaum and Alain Finkielkraut debate liberalism and the French burqa ban; "Esprit" gauges the pull of jihad in the new world disorder; "Merkur" says the journal is the medium par excellence to convey the message; "Passage" is on the money in literature; in "Ny Tid" Danish poetry-star Yahya Hassan explains why he hates the concept "migrant literature"; and "Dialogi" assesses the feasibility of utopia, 498 years after Thomas More's famous text. [more]

03.09.2014


Caspar Melville

The politics of everyday life

Stuart Hall's model of culture as a site of struggle makes more sense than ever in an age of growing inequalities and iniquities, writes Caspar Melville. And the stakes in this struggle couldn't be higher: nothing less than the conditions of possibility for human freedom. [more]

03.09.2014


Ivan Krastev

Don't fear political emotions

Both parties in the debate surrounding France's ban on wearing a full-face veil in public appeal to European values. It is this, writes Ivan Krastev, that makes the discussion between Martha Nussbaum and Alain Finkielkraut on the nature of tolerance so relevant. [more]

03.09.2014


Martha Nussbaum

Liberalism needs love

A conversation with Martha Nussbaum

A ban on the burqa in a country such as France, if applied consistently and without bias, would lead to bans on numerous practices in the majority culture, insists Martha Nussbaum. But while tolerance is essential, what liberalism really needs right now is love and compassion. [Spanish version added] [more]

23.10.2014


Alain Finkielkraut

Damn security!

A conversation with Alain Finkielkraut

There is no place for multiculturalism in France, says Alain Finkielkraut, let alone full-face veils; any concession that allows the Islamicization of Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods is a fatal mistake. What is required is a true and authentic, reflective and self-critical hospitality. [Spanish version added] [more]

23.10.2014


Matic Majcen

Towards utopia

It will soon be 500 years since the publication of Thomas More's "Utopia" and the birth of a concept that has retained its grip on the imagination ever since. Matic Majcen turns to the small village of Marinaleda in Andalusia, Spain in search of a contemporary utopian project. [more]

03.09.2014


Reinhard Merkel, Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Of neighbours, daughters and pistols

A discussion on the annexation of Crimea

In a discussion that took place in May on events in Crimea, Jan Philipp Reemtsma and Reinhard Merkel may not see eye to eye on the finer points of international law. But they do agree that western double standards cannot excuse Russia's intervention in Ukraine. [more]

03.09.2014


Volodymyr Yermolenko

The silence of the lambs

Why the West should stop being angelic towards Putin

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

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]

15.10.2014


Maxim Trudolyubov

The hand that feeds

The first victims of sanctions and counter-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


Eurozine News Item

Lost in transition?

Central Eastern European Meeting streamed at Time to Talk

Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk will stream the main public debates taking place at the Central Eastern European Meeting. "Does Central Eastern Europe exist?" is one of the questions addressed by, among others, Boris Buden, Slawomir Sierakowski and Nataliia Neshevets. [more]

28.08.2014


Claus Leggewie, Horst Meier

Why the EU's "harmonization machine" should stay away from history

Memory laws are the wrong way for Europeans to remember and debate their difficult pasts, argues Claus Leggewie and Horst Meier. Europe needs a pluralism of memory policies. That is why 23 August is a good candidate for a truly pan-European day of remembrance. [Russian version added] [more]

26.08.2014


Maria Lipman

Commander of a fortress under siege

What Putin's strategy means for Russia

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


Ljiljana Radonic

Standards of evasion

Croatia and the "Europeanization of memory"

Poised on the verge of Union membership, Croatia has replaced the historical revisionism of the 1990s by a memory politics avowedly based on "European standards". Yet is the Europeanization of memory synonymous with a critical approach to the national past?[Hungarian version added] [more]

22.08.2014


Stephen Holmes

Goodbye future?

Structural problems in conventional democracies are alienating citizens worldwide, writes Stephen Holmes. Political marketing, cross-party compromise and elite withdrawal threaten to rob democracy of its original role as instrument of justice. [Russian version added] [more]

21.08.2014


Miljenko Jergovic

The merchants of Europe

The presidents and prime ministers of Balkan countries have convinced Europe that they represent the only guarantee that the Balkans will not descend back into war. It is through this kind of counterfeit politics that Croatia has arrived at the threshold of the European Union. [Hungarian version added] [more]

21.08.2014


Timothy Snyder

Commemorative causality

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

20.08.2014


Szabolcs Pogonyi

After democratic transition

Will democracy in east-central Europe survive the economic crisis? Are democratic institutions and the middle classes strong enough to counter the authoritarian Left and Right? The real test for east-central European democracies is yet to come, writes Szabolcs Pogonyi. [Russian version added] [more]

20.08.2014


Ivan Krastev

The global politics of protest

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


Kenan Malik

Is there something about Islam?

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


Claus Offe

Europe in the trap

Claus Offe opts for democracy over the logic of no alternative and a politics that fails to provide the electorate with choices. For therein lies the trap. Only more solidarity and more democracy can rescue the eurozone from the brink of collapse. [Polish version added] [more]

13.08.2014


Eurozine Review

What are you doing here?

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


Lina Ekdahl

What do you want

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


Cecilia Parsberg

Giving in free movement Europe

The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults 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


Suzanne Sinke

Moved to marry

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

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

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


Volodymyr Kulyk

Unity and identity

Language policy after the Maidan

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


Mykola Riabchuk

Decentralization and subsidiarity

In opposition to federalization ŕ la russe

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


Eurozine News Item

New debates online at Time to Talk

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


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. [German version added] [more]

08.10.2014


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?

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07.07.2014


Ian Buruma

Europe: A noble idea

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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. [German version added] [more]

08.10.2014


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


 

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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]

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Though the Anthropocene has yet to be officially ratified as a new geological epoch, reflections on cultures of the Anthropocene can hardly be considered premature, writes Ben Tendler. A roundup of recent contributions to the public debate that seek to overcome departmental thinking. [more]

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

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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

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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]

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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]

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The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

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The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

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Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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