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On the Finlandization of Europe

To safeguard its sovereignty after World War II, Finland did what it could to please the Soviet Union. The strategy now known as "Finlandization" haunts Europe today, writes Sofi Oksanen, as Russia focuses on expanding its sphere of influence. [Ukrainian version added] [ more ]

Jamie Bartlett

Under the radar

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The last chapter

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The Firtash octopus

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Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities

Harbour cities Harbour cities as places of immigration and emigration, inclusion and exclusion, develop distinct modes of being that not only reflect different cultural traditions and political and social self-conceptions, but also contain economic potential and communicate how they see themselves as part of the larger structure that is "Europe".[ more ]


The EU: Broken or just broke?

Eurocrisis With trillions potentially having to be poured into national economies too big to fail – Greece, Ireland, Portugal, even Italy and Spain – the eurocrisis is threatening to overshadow the collapse of 2008. In a new Eurozine focal point, Jacques Delors, JŸrgen Habermas, Daniel Daianu, Ulrike GuŽrot, Slavenka Drakulic and others discuss whether the EU is not only broke, but also broken – and if so, whether Europe's leaders are up to the task of fixing it. [ more ]


European histories (2): Concord and conflict

Politics of memory In recent years, the possibility of a "grand narrative" that includes both East and West in a common European story has been discussed intensely. In a new Focal Point, Eurozine seeks to broaden the question beyond the East-West historical divide. How are contested interpretations of historical and recent events made active in the present, both uniting and dividing European societies? [ more ]


Changing media -- Media in change

Media change Media-technological developments are causing a fundamental re-structuring of the newspaper and book publishing sectors, with traditional media locked in fierce competition with online newcomers for market superiority. Yet media change is about more than the "newspaper crisis" and the iPad: property law, privacy, free speech and the fundamental functioning of the public sphere are all affected. A new Eurozine focal point provides an ongoing debate on a field experiencing profound and constant change. [ more ]


Media landscapes: Western Europe

Freespeech Despite the Internet's growing significance as vehicle of freedom of expression, public service broadcasting and the press will remain for some time the visible face of the watchdog on power. In a new Eurozine Focal Point on the western European media, edited by Judith Vidal-Hall, a picture of the traditional media emerges that suggests they urgently need to prove they are still fit to perform the role of the "Fourth Estate". [ more ]


The bonfire of the universities

Bologna Process The uni's burning! Die Uni brennt! The slogan was everywhere in the German-speaking space last winter, as the protests at the University of Vienna set off a wave of similar strikes, first at Austrian universities, then beyond: in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Marburg, ZŸrich... 2009/10 saw further protests at universities in Athens, Zagreb, Marseilles and London. [ more ]


Climate of change?

global warming Social agreement about the necessity of radical ecological change may be unprecedented, yet rhetoric and reality go their separate ways. Are multilateral climate deals inherently ineffective? Is the declaration of commitment to sustainability an exercise in societal self-delusion? A Eurozine focal point debates the politics of global warming. [ more ]


Dilemma 89

1989 Twenty years after 1989, most former communist states in central and eastern Europe are members of the EU. Yet the transition from closed to open societies is far from "complete". '89 not only historic moment of liberation, but also political and social dilemma for the present day. [ more ]


European histories

Towards a grand narrative? In order for there to be solidarity within the enlarged EU, it will be necessary to develop a broader historical consciousness that accommodates the experiences of the new members. And if Russia's relations with its neighbours are to be harmonious, the taboos surrounding the Great Victory will need to be addressed. [ more ]


Media landscapes

Central and eastern Europe Those in central and eastern Europe who in '89 took the commitment to free expression seriously, who saw the media as the handmaiden of democracy and the conventional watchdog on political and commercial power, today have become targets for new and subtler forms of censorship. [ more ]


The malady of infinite aspiration?

Financial crisis Sound in principle or sick at heart? Articles on the financial crisis, compiled under Durkheim's memorable phrase, coined in "Suicide" in 1897. Texts by Jacques Rupnik, Ralf Dahrendorf, Daniel Daianu, André Orléan, Reinhold Vetter, Olivier Mongin, Mircea Vasilescu and more. [ more ]


Shared space, divided society

Cultural diversity Migration is part of modern society, meaning more and more people of different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds live together in Europe. The multitude of perspectives and experiences represents an enormous resource, but as cultural conflicts inherent in today's urban societies become visible, doubts are also raised about the value of diversity. In cooperation with the European Cultural Foundation, Eurozine presents a broad take on the issue that goes beyond the common dichotomy between multicultural segregation and the forceful assimilation of the "melting pot". [ more ]


Olympic indifference

Sport and politics The Beijing Olympics 2008 are unusual insofar as not one country has boycotted them. This, despite the fact that the political dimension of the Games has seldom been more controversial. Are we seeing a new kind of "Olympic indifference"? With this in mind, Eurozine compiles articles on sport, politics, and protest. [ more ]


1968: Beyond soixante-huit

1968 Forty years on, the differences between the 1968 uprisings in western and eastern Europe move into ever sharper focus. "In retrospect, the great event of '68 in Europe was not Paris, but Prague. But we were unable to see this at the time." Including articles on '68 in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, France and West Germany [ more ]


Illiberal Europe?

The new populism Parliament or the soapbox? Populist politics are enjoying renewed success in Europe, above all in the former socialist countries. Ivan Krastev, G.M.Tam‡s, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jacques Rupnik and others investigate the rise of "democratic illiberalism". [ more ]


Cultural citizenship

Cultural citizenship The concept of cultural citizenship responds to the multicultural context of contemporary societies, in which the concern with equality is increasingly being complemented with a concern with difference. Eurozine groups together texts articulating issues issues central to the concept. Including contributions by, among others, Gerard Delanty, Rainer Baubšck, Ivaylo Ditchev, Charles Taylor, Rada Ivekovic, Ant—nio Sousa Ribeiro, and Axel Honneth. [ more ]


Decentring Europe

Decentring Europe Contemporary European discourse on Europe often tends to be self-centred and, thus, to provide one more link in a long chain of ideological or mythological constructions. Any reinvention of the concept of Europe that takes into account the complexities inherent in Europe's place in a globalized world must contain a critique of Eurocentrism. Learning from the South, i.e. absorbing the full critical impact of alternative approaches may be a key element in the rethinking – and unthinking – of "Europe". [ more ]


The future of war

The Future of War Are wars that are fought between nations a thing of the past, and are the future challenges more a case of ethnic strife, break-up of failed states, secession and civil wars? In a special focal point, Eurozine analyzes the changing face of warfare in the twenty-first century, in which terrorism and new security threats have profoundly transformed the way wars are conducted. [ more ]


The city as stage for social upheaval

City as stage From the western European city to the Third World megacity, one is able to observe how a single principle asserts itself in the social structure of the urban space. That principle Ð privatization Ð is geared towards the concentration of wealth and assets on an increasingly global scale, a manoeuvre its beneficiaries attempt to naturalize. In revealing the vested interests behind processes passed off as inevitable, it is precisely this attempt at naturalization that the articles presented here oppose. [ more ]


Changing Europe: 50 years of European integration

Changing Europe The European Union has been far more successful than anyone expected when the Treaty of Rome was signed half a century ago, on 25 March 1957. But as political Europe turns 50, the questions about its future are as open as ever. In a special focus, we present some of the most outstanding contributions on the European project published in Eurozine: From analyses by Jacques Rupnik and Jan-Werner MŸller of the current European crisis, to enquiries by Slavenka Drakulic and Ales Debeljak into transnational identity building; from Gšran Rosenberg's federalist arguments, to Gyšrgy Spir—'s hilarious parody of Brussels' bureaucratic literary ambitions. [ more ]


Post-secular Europe?

Religion and politics Has the rapid and drastic process of secularization in western Europe come to an end? In a special focal point, Eurozine looks at different aspects of this question: Is religion a public or a private matter? Can there be such a thing as a European Islam? If so, what characterizes it? What role can religion – or religions – play when it comes to the emergence of a European solidarity? [ more ]

European histories: Towards a grand narrative?

European histories In order for there to be solidarity within the enlarged EU, it will be necessary to develop a broader historical consciousness that accommodates the experiences of the new members. And if Russia's relations with its neighbours are to be harmonious, the taboos surrounding the Great Victory will need to be addressed. Read on for analyses from both sides of a historical divide. [ more ]

Europe talks to Europe: Towards a European public sphere?

EUROPEAN PUBLIC SPHERE The European integration project has made the discussion about transnational spaces for cultural and political debate acute. Can there at all be a common Europe without a pan-European public sphere, where potentially common values and ideas can be formed and transnational political institutions can find their legitimacy? [ more ]

Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Politics of border making and (cross-)border identities

Border making Have borders become irrelevant with the project of a united Europe which is supposed to overcome the historical divisions of the continent and the political isolation of its East? No, just the opposite. In a focal point guest-edited by Tatiana Zhurzhenko, essayists and researchers look at the dilemmas of border building and cross-border cooperation in the EU and its neighbourhood. [ more ]

Documenta 12 magazines

In 2007, Eurozine participated in the Documenta 12 magazines project, which linked over 90 print and on-line periodicals worldwide. Read Eurozine's contributions to the documenta leitmotifs "Modernity" and "Bare Life", including texts by Michelle Provoost, Markus Miessen, Benedict Seymour, and Swapan Chakraworty. [ more ]

Freedom of speech and the Danish cartoon controversy

Free speech Free speech is a fundamental human right and a central tenet of democracy. Or is it? Reactions to the Danish cartoon controversy show that liberals are re-evaluating what the right to free speech entails. [ more ]

Politics of translation

Translation Our understanding of the field of translation studies has in recent years taken on many more meanings and now encompasses spheres beyond the usual textual dimension: Translation today is as much about the translation of cultural, political, and historical contexts and concepts as it is about language. [ more ]





Changing places (What's normal anyway?)

The 20th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Sibiu, 21-24 September 2007

Normality and Writing in Exile Under the heading "Changing places (What's normal anyway?)", the Eurozine network conference 2007 in Sibiu, Romania, addressed the challenges facing societies, literature, and the media as the need for change meets the urge for normality. Read the conference texts here. [ more ]


Friend and foe. Shared space, divided society

The 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
London, 27-30 October 2006

Shared space, divided society The Eurozine conference "Friend and foe. Shared space, divided society" saw a record number of speakers and participants representing over thirty countries. Editors of Europe's leading cultural journals converged on London to bring highly varied and often widely diverging perspectives to this most current of topics. [ more ]


The 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Istanbul, 4-7 November 2005

Neighbourhoods In recent decades, the deadly potential inherent in neighbourly relations has become more and more obvious. But we tend to forget that the borders inside and outside the neighbourhood are constantly redrawn; that conflicts are part and parcel of everyday life among neighbours. [ more ]




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Parallel lives
A rise in inter-ethnic conflict, often reinforced by segregated or "parallel" lives, has renewed doubts about the value of diversity. Has multiculturalism indeed been a "failed experiment"? [ more ]

Big Brother goes global
Post 9/11, governments are increasingly tailoring "international standards" to ratify domestic policies that intrude on civil liberties. On the downside of international cooperation. [ more ]

Remembering Chernobyl in 2006
Chernobyl is more than a technological accident belonging to the past: it is a catastrophe that affects the present and that will determine the future. But amidst the twenty-year anniversary commemorations, will the lessons of Chernobyl be heeded? [ more ]

Hungary '56: The first time as tragedy...
With a political battle going on in Hungary over rightful ownership of the legacy of '56, the international press take comparisons between '56 and the recent demonstrations at face value. The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? [ more ]

Slovenia was the first former communist country to take charge of the EU. But the country is more than a European success story. In a selection of articles painting a broad picture of the life of a nation, Eurozine offers an often critical insight into Slovenian culture and politics. [ 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]

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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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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

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