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Claus Leggewie

is Professor for Political Science and Director of the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut / Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen and member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He is co-author, together with Harald Welzer, of Das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kannten. Klima, Zukunft und die Chancen der Demokratie [The end of the world as we know it. Climate, the future and chances for democracy] (2009). Claus Leggewie is a member of the Eurozine Advisory Board.



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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


Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

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

06.08.2014


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. [more]

20.08.2013


Claus Leggewie

Transnational citizenship

Ideals and European realities

It is time for social science and political actors to acknowledge a paradigm shift from international to transnational relations, writes Claus Leggewie. For a new form of world politics is emerging, based on citizenship (and governance) beyond the nation-state. [more]

24.07.2013


Claus Leggewie

Germany's 9/11

On 9 November 1918, the first German Republic was declared; exactly four years later, Hitler staged a putsch. The Reichskristallnacht on 9 November 1938 was linked to both; on 9 November 1989 the division of Germany came to an end. How should Germany commemorate this ambiguous day? [more]

09.11.2012


Claus Leggewie

Decadence or renewal?

Deciding the future of the Mediterranean

Regeneration of the Mediterranean region must draw on its legacy of cosmopolitan democracy while offering prospects for ecological, scientific and energy-political development. The Mediterranean may then re-enter the European consciousness as the "Mare nostrum". [more]

12.09.2012


Claus Leggewie

Sea and sun for Europe

A new project for the next generation

Democratic upsurge in North Africa can combine with the energy revolution to revive the European project. Two-way developmental traffic across the Mediterranean would leave new generations in both North and South with fair chances of a good life. [more]

02.11.2011


Claus Leggewie

Monoculturalism is dead: Multiculturalism has yet to come

In Germany, conservatives criticize a pastiche of multiculturalism to justify authoritarian policies and deflect attention from decades of neglect, argues Claus Leggewie. Failure to recognize Muslims as part of society is to risk repeating an historical mistake. [more]

24.08.2011


Claus Leggewie

Seven circles of European memory

Europe's collective memory is as diverse as its nations and cultures and cannot be regulated by official acts of state or commemorative rituals, writes Claus Leggewie. The most significant challenge for a European memory is to reconcile "competing" memories of the Holocaust and the Gulag. Yet other historical experiences must also be integrated: memories of wartime and expulsion, of colonialism and immigration, and not least of the "success" of the European Union. [more]

20.12.2010


Claus Leggewie

Battlefield Europe

Transnational commemoration and European identity

A pan-European memory cannot be reduced to the Holocaust and the Gulag alone, no matter how central these are, and must be able to compare memories without offsetting each against the other. On the "concentric circles" of European memory. [more]

21.01.2010


Claus Leggewie, Dirk Messner

Every day is Copenhagen

A breakthrough in international climate policy is still possible

Neither the industrialized nor the emerging countries are able to solve the climate problem by "going it alone". In Copenhagen, the EU needs to table a set of exacting reduction targets, without conditioning them on the willingness of others to follow suit. [more]

04.12.2009


Claus Leggewie

From carbon insolvency to climate dividends

An emmissions trading system based on a national per-capita budget and tied to historical responsibility could offer enormous opportunities to developing countries and provide the key to a "new low-carbon global order", writes Claus Leggewie. [more]

31.08.2009


Claus Leggewie, Harald Welzer

Can democracies deal with climate change?

Trust in the ability of political elites to deal with the eco-social consequences of climate change is evaporating. Reaching eco-political targets calls for more participation of citizens as active architects of their society, write Claus Leggewie and Harald Welzer. [more]

21.11.2008


Claus Leggewie

Privileged partnership, less democracy?

If the enticement of full EU membership is removed, can the EU achieve its goals for Turkey? This question is made all the more pressing by a renewed perception in Arab countries of "Ottoman" Turkey's belonging in the global Muslim community, writes Claus Leggewie. [more]

08.07.2008


Claus Leggewie

Between national church and religious supermarket

Muslim organizations in Germany and the problem of representation

In Germany, "cultural Muslims" have challenged the authority of conservative Muslim organizations to represent "the Muslim community". The problem of representation has to do with the German state's corporatist approach to negotiation, writes Claus Leggewie. [more]

23.01.2008


Claus Leggewie

Equally criminal?

Totalitarian experience and European memory

Political differences between European member states can be worked out only if a "European memory" is developed. The difficulty lies in paying due respect to the memory of the crimes both of Nazism and of Soviet totalitarianism while avoiding a hierarchy of competing victim groups. [more]

02.04.2007


Claus Leggewie

From neighbourhood to citizenship

EU and Turkey

For those in favour of "deepening" the EU, the presumed otherness of Islam is cause for alarm; for those in favour of "widening", Turkey's economic and geo-strategic potential counts in its favour. [more]

08.11.2006


Claus Leggewie

Transnational movements and the question of democracy

Social movements can provide an early warning system to mainstream politics. But once institutionalized, their lack of democratic mandate raises problems of legitimacy. This paradox must be negotiated if democracy is to respond to the global situation. [more]

20.05.2005


 

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Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance
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