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Nafeez Ahmed

Safeguarding the "grey zone"

For free, open and diverse societies

In an article first published shortly after the 13 November Paris terrorist attacks, investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed addresses the twisted logic of extremist ideologies; and how to break the continuum of violence that such ideologies seek to perpetuate. [ more ]

Valeria Korablyova

Pariahs and parvenus?

Ulrike Guérot

Europe as a republic

Hal Foster, John Douglas Millar

After the canon?

Robert Menasse

A brief history of the European future

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Of technological waves and political frontiers

"Wespennest" refuses to let the machines takeover; "Letras Libres" sees citizen power as the key to a post-national European democracy; "Soundings" strikes out for a new political frontier in British politics; "Il Mulino" traces the shifting contours of the European debate on sovereignty; "Blätter" seeks ways out of the Catalan impasse; "New Eastern Europe" appeals to Europe's goodwill and openness amid refugee crisis; "Arena" reaffirms the Swedish people's overwhelming support for a humanitarian refugee policy; "Merkur" traverses the analogue-digital divide; and "Esprit" samples the paranoid style in the digital age.

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Beyond imagination or control

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What animates us?

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If the borders were porous

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That which one does not entirely possess

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Marc-Olivier Padis

is editor-in-chief of Esprit and was a member of the Eurozine Editorial Board until 2015.

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Marc-Olivier Padis

The paranoid style in the digital era

Half a century after Richard Hofstadter described "the paranoid style in American politics", Marc-Olivier Padis of "Esprit" discerns a similar phenomenon in the French media. In an article first published in early November, Padis objects to the weakening of the norms of democratic debate. [more]


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 in check. [Catalan version added] [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]


Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis

Addressing gender in a precarious sector

Esprit, France

There can be no doubt that cultural journals need to take gender into account in the context of their daily activities. But, writes editor-in-chief Marc-Olivier Padis, associated procedures should also be adapted to the journal's size and mode of functioning. [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

Relocating the European debate

"Esprit" editor Marc-Olivier Padis outlines why a strong platform for European debate has yet to emerge and the role that cultural journals can play in establishing one. Among the most urgent issues for discussion: liquid modernity, cultural decentralization and the dilemmas of an open society. [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

The legal ramifications of marriage

Citizens will risk entering into legally precarious situations if there is no change in the law on marriage and adoptions, writes Padis. But whatever the legal consequences of reconfiguring the family, they must not lead to the weakening of individual ties through normative tinkering. [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

Responsibility for Europe: A relative concept

On French-German tensions during the euro crisis

French-German leadership during the crisis has been fraught with tension. It's not so much that Germany is abandoning its responsibilities, more a case of differences in political culture. While Germany may seem dilatory, French resolve forfeits democratic deliberation. [more]


Henry Laurens, Marc-Olivier Padis, Avi Shlaim

The conflict and the historian

Interview with Henry Laurens and Avi Shlaim

"The great power is more often the prisoner of its local allies than the other way round." Dialogue with two historians, one of Israel, the other of Palestine; reflections on the impact of history on society and the interaction between local and global powers. [more]


Pascal Fouché, Olivier Mongin, Marc-Olivier Padis

Will the book enter the digital age?

An interview with Pascal Fouché

The digitization of the book has brought a new balance of power in the trade, with established publishers locked in struggle with the new digital distributors. Pascal Fouché discusses whether publishers are prepared for the dematerialization of the printed word. [more]


Yves Lichtenberger, Marc-Olivier Padis

French universities: Outlook and resistance

An interview with Yves Lichtenberger

Opposition to the decentralization of the French university system culminated in protests by teaching staff in March 2009. Justified resentment at the top-down nature of the reforms combined with a resistance to change, argues Yves Lichtenberger. [more]


Olivier Mongin, Marc-Olivier Padis

Open letter on the public good and the role of generalist journals

The editors of "Esprit" write an open letter defending the role of generalist journals. When the academic world communicates only with specialists, and the "opinion forming" press provides only superficial analysis, generalist journals balance depth against accessibility. [more]


Laurent Dubois, Michel Giraud, Marc-Olivier Padis, Lilian Thuram, Patrick Weil

A history to be handed down

Interview with Lilian Thuram

The Caribbean-born French footballer Lilian Thuram talks about his longstanding interest in the history of slavery, about how sport can teach mutual respect, and why he still believes in the French model of integration. [more]


Marc-Olivier Padis

The democratic neighbour

Politics of human rights in an enlarged Europe

The politics of human rights had its heyday in Europe in the 1990s; today, it is held responsible for a variety of ills. The editor of Esprit defends democracy's radical commitment. [more]



Focal points     click for more

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]

Ukraine in focus
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]

Eurozine BLOG

On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
Victor Tsilonis
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]

Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As a new wave of populism feeds on and promotes fears of migration, aggrandising itself through the distrust it sows, The Red House hosts a timely debate with a view to untangling the key issues. [more]

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Editor's choice     click for more

Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. Prior to Ukraine's presidential elections in May 2014, Timothy Snyder argued cogently as to why Ukraine has no future without Europe; and why Europe too has no future without Ukraine. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgård
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 Knausgård on creating literature. [more]

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]

Literary perspectives
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]

Debate series     click for more

Europe talks to Europe
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.
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]

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

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