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Slavenka Drakulic

is an author and journalist whose books and essays have been translated into many languages. She contributes to The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review Of Books, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Internazionale, Dagens Nyheter, The Guardian and Eurozine, among others. She was the recipient of the 2004 Leipzig Book-fair "Award for European Understanding". Her latest novel is Frida's Bed (Penguin 2008).

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Slavenka Drakulic

Competing for victimhood

Why eastern Europe says no to refugees

The truth is, writes Slavenka Drakulic, that the victims of Communism now have serious competitors: war refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa. These new victims, mostly Muslims arriving in frighteningly high numbers, make solidarity even more difficult. But the most important explanation lies in eastern Europeans' suffering under totalitarianism. [German version added] [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

How women survived post-communism (and didn't laugh)

The situation for women in societies caught up in the post-'89 transition is complicated, notes Slavenka Drakulic. On the one hand, they now stand to lose rights that were, at least formally, established during the communist regime. On the other, women's position in society has been undermined everywhere in Europe – in East and West alike. The financial crisis has struck hard, and – as so often – women have been struck harder. [more]


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]


Slavenka Drakulic

Flirting with a stranger

Women's writing on aging

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


Slavenka Drakulic

The dogs of Sarajevo

A state apparatus that doesn't function on the level of dogs can't function on the level of people either, writes Slavenka Drakulic. This week, the Bosnian parliament votes on amendments to the law on animal protection. But what is in fact at stake is the continued dehumanization of society. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic, Carl Henrik Fredriksson, Marc-Olivier Padis, Bente Riise

Creating a space for debate

European cultural journals and the making of the public sphere

Cultural journals have long facilitated a level of intellectual exchange indispensable to societies that put stock in democratic and cosmopolitan spirit. And, as ongoing crisis overshadows the upcoming European elections and the European integration project risks being reduced to the task of reaching formal economic goals, the contribution of cultural journals to a European public sphere is more important than ever. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Croatia: A cautionary tale

Updated 05.12.2013 In the EU's newest member state, an anti-homosexuality campaign has succeeded in forcing a referendum on the constitutional definition of "marriage": a clear warning to other countries against failing to form political responses to social frustrations. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Croatia: On the EU train, but in second class

On 1 July, Croatia entered the crisis-stricken European Union. Former communist countries, whether in the EU or on its threshold, should remind themselves more often of what life was like for them only twenty years ago, writes Slavenka Drakulic. For Croatia, peace and security should be more important than expected economic gains from EU membership. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

A few "easy" steps towards reconciliation

Laissez faire reconciliation in the Balkans will never work, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Symbolic gestures by politicians are well and good, but a substantial change in social attitudes can only be achieved through the institutional promotion of tolerance and collaboration. [Italian version added] [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

The tune of the future

Italy: old Europe, new Europe, changing Europe

Venice versus Lampedusa: travelling around Italy, Slavenka Drakulic observes one kind of Europe being replaced by another. Instead of attempting to conserve the cultural past, we should accept that migration will adapt much of what we consider "European" to its own image. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Buying a kidney

Thousands of Europeans die annually waiting for a new kidney, heart or liver. At the same time, the black-market trade in organs is thriving. So should organ trading be legalized? Slavenka Drakulic, herself a two-time kidney transplant patient, argues the pros and cons. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

The taste of grass

Is the return of Serbian nationalism to be dismissed as domestic political point-scoring in an election year, or does it pose a deeper threat to the region? And will Russia step in as the rift with the EU over Kosovo deepens? Slavenka Drakulic considers the possibilities. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Who created Ratko Mladic?

What remains after a war criminal has been sent to The Hague

When Ratko Mladic asks who it was who voted for Milosevic, he has a point, comments Slavenka Drakulic. Will trading off Mladic for the EU allow Serbs to avoid the question of collective responsibility? [more]


Slavenka Drakulic


Europe as outdoor museum? Threatened with extinction by all-consuming privatization and the pursuit of endless profit, self-musealization might be Europe's only hope. Slavenka Drakulic has a scary vision of the future of the European way of life. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Censorship does not do justice to victims of mass rape

Attempts to prevent the shooting of a film about mass rape in Bosnia equalled an attempt at censorship, argues Slavenka Drakulic: this kind of response perpetuates misunderstandings about war crimes and overlooks the real problems facing Bosnian victims of mass rape today. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Why I have not returned to Belgrade

Is it to spare her emotions that Slavenka Drakulic has not returned to Belgrade since the wars? She doesn't think so. Instead, her reasons have to do with the silence and denial of so much of Serbian society, and with a youth that is failing to ask the right questions. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Tito between legend and thriller

A museum to Tito at his one-time summer residence glorifying the Yugoslav dictator is in stark contrast to a damning new biography, finds Slavenka Drakulic. Yet between the two extremes is an absence of objective history-writing in the former Yugoslavia. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

The false repentance of Biljana Plavsic

Bosnian Serb war criminal Biljana Plavsic was in October released from a Swedish prison after serving two thirds of an 11-year sentence. Slavenka Drakulic notes that Plavsic's "confession" in The Hague was nothing but a staged farce. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Debating denial

Discussing the topic of accountability for the war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia is important for Serbian society, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Summing up a debate around her article "Why I have not returned to Belgrade" in the Serbian newspaper "Politika", she notes: "Many citizens of both Serbia and Croatia seem to believe that if they all just shut up for long enough, the problem will disappear. But it won't." [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

We took its light for granted

In memoriam: Feral Tribune (1993-2008)

A former contributor to the Croatian weekly "Feral Tribune" writes that the paper was left to die by those who should have taken better care of it: its readers and all who cared for its lone, free, critical voice. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Who's afraid of Europe?

Opening address at the 14th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

Is Europe ready for a new identity? In an essay first published in 2000, Slavenka Drakulic expresses doubts about the continuing momentum of European integration. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Bathroom tales

How we mistook normality for paradise

The shortage of toilet paper alone may not have brought down communism, but it's an apt metaphor for a system unable to fulfil people's basic needs. Although Slavenka Drakulic's bathroom is better stocked these days, she's still prone to doubt. Was the normality she and her fellow eastern Europeans longed for just another false paradise? [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

The transformation of Biljana Plavsic

One of the few female war criminals on trial confesses to her guilt in The Hague. That is bad news for Karadzic, Mladic and Gotovina. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Triumph of evil

Portrait of a war criminal

Slavenka Draculic on Radislav Krstic, the first war criminal to be indicted in The Hague for his role in the Srebrenica massacre. [more]



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The politics of privacy
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

Russia in global dialogue
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]

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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]

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Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
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Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
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Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach
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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]

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The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

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Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

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Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
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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