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Valeria Korablyova

Pariahs and parvenus?

Refugees and new divisions in Europe

Hannah Arendt once remarked that the rights of man proved to be unenforceable in postwar Europe. Currently, observes Valeria Korablyova, the refugee crisis looks like proving the idea of Europe itself to be unenforceable. So what will remain if equality and solidarity finally fail to become the principles of cooperation between EU member states now riven by common fears? [ more ]

Ulrike Guérot

Europe as a republic

Hal Foster, John Douglas Millar

After the canon?

Robert Menasse

A brief history of the European future

István Józsa, Geert Lovink

From data to Dada

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Osteuropa | 5-6/2015

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Now and again we dream of Europe

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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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Mykola Riabchuk

is a Ukrainian writer, intellectual and a political and cultural analyst. He is Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Political and Nationalities' Studies at the Academy of Sciences in Kyiv. He is also Vice President of Ukrainian PEN. His most recent book, Gleichschaltung: Authoritarian Consolidation in Ukraine, 2010-2012, was published in both Ukrainian and English.

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Mykola Riabchuk

Turn to the right - and back

As Walter Benjamin once remarked, "every rise of Fascism bears witness to a failed revolution". A statement that events in Ukraine after the Orange revolution go some way toward confirming, writes Mykola Riabchuk; not that a sudden reversal of recent trends remains out of the question. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Emancipation from the East Slavonic ummah

For both Russia and Ukraine, the conflict in eastern Ukraine marks the beginning of a painful process of emancipation from a pre-modern imagined community of eastern Slavs. A process, writes Mykola Riabchuk, from which modern civic national identities must emerge. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Decentralization and subsidiarity

In opposition to federalization ā 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]


Mykola Riabchuk

Revolution in Ukraine: Take three

The main threat to the revolution comes not from Crimean separatism nor from far-right groups, writes Mykola Riabchuk. The biggest threat comes from within: from old habits and oldboy networks. New politicians are needed to avoid repeating the missed opportunities of 1991 and 2004. [more]


Andrey Kurkov, Myroslav Marynovych, Mykola Riabchuk

To prevent the escalation of violence

Statement of the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN Club

After the Ukranian government rubber-stamped a series of repressive laws last week and further violence, the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN Club releases a statement calling for support for Ukrainian writers and journalists, and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Euromaidan and beyond

Preliminary conclusions

Euromaidan is not just about failing to sign the Association Agreement, it is about Ukraine's whole development as a country. For 22 years, it has been stuck in a grey zone between post-Soviet autocracies to the east and democratizing neighbours to the west, writes Mykola Riabchuk. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Raiders' state

Even Ukrainian cultural journals have become the target of "raiders" -- shady groups working on behalf of powerful interests who use bogus property claims to close down businesses. The biggest raider of all is the Yanukovych government itself, says Mykola Riabchuk. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Tymoshenko: Wake-up call for the EU

The EU shouldn't be surprised by the Tymoshenko verdict: its support of anything nominally reformist has been perceived as acceptance of a range of repressions. Tough measures are now needed to prevent another authoritarian state forming on the EU's borders. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Metaphors of betrayal

Whatever one thinks about the "centuries-old affinity" between Ukraine and Russia, any western policy towards Ukraine that downplays the issue of values is fundamentally flawed, writes Mykola Riabchuk. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

What's left of Orange Ukraine?

After Viktor Yanukovych's election victory, Ukraine is supposedly back where it belongs: in the Russian sphere of influence. The reality, however, is more complicated, writes Mykola Riabchuk. For the Ukrainian leadership, it will be more a case of "muddling through" -- for the time being. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Another quarrel in the post-Soviet komunalka

The Russian-Ukrainian agreement over gas supplies will not last, writes Mykola Riabchuk. It runs against the economic interests of the Russian elite, whose pressure Ukraine lacks the capacity to withstand. The EU, meanwhile, is reluctant to play the role of strong arbiter. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

How I became a Czech and a Slovak

Mykola Riabchuk recalls how the politics of the Prague Spring filtered through to Ukraine until the crackdown on "bourgeois nationalism" five years later; and how, during perestroika, the roles were reversed and he brought banned literature to friends in Czechoslovakia. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Pluralism by default

Viktor Yushchenko's election victory in September 2007 opened up an opportunity for improvement of Ukraine's democratic institutions, writes Mykola Riabchuk. The current crisis, a symptom of "pluralism by default", represents a setback for those hopes. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Bad peace vs. good war

Ukrainian democracy might be chaotic and immature -- but at least it's democracy. Nevertheless, there's still a lot to do before the country achieves anything like stability. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Farewell to the cargo cult

The current stand-off in the Ukraine is a result of "incomplete revolution". The failure to establish democratic structures has allowed the mechanisms of authoritarianism back into Ukrainian politics. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Is the West serious about the "last European dictatorship"?

Western civil society should stop tolerating cynical realpolitik towards Belarus and put pressure on their governments to blacklist offending officials. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine at the crossroads

Can a state based on blackmail be reformed?

What will it take to really change the Ukrainian political system? [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine: The not-so-unexpected nation

Mykola Riabchuk on the history of Ukrainian independence and the ideological background of Victor Yushchenko's "Orange Revolution". [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukraine: One State, Two Countries?

Does the Ukrainian political elite use the country's deep sense of political ambivalence to stay in power? [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Ukrainian Media: Still "not so free"

In his analysis of the Ukrainian media landscape, Mykola Riabchuk maintains that a situation when people have plenty of rights on paper but cannot employ them in reality has largely persisted in the post-Soviet space. [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]

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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]

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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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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]

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