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Carl Henrik Fredriksson

...and never the two shall meet?

Editorial 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 ]


Europe talks to Europe

A polylogue on culture and politics

Debate series From Autumn 2009 to Spring 2011, Eurozine organized a series of high-profile debates in different central and eastern European cities, including Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Bucharest, Lviv, Sofia, Warsaw and Vienna. Making use of a well-established media platform and a wide-ranging network of editors, authors and intellectuals, the debates make a substantial contribution to cross-border discussion on cultural identities and the European integration project.

The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is a cooperation of Eurozine with ERSTE Foundation.

With the financial support of the European Commission and ERSTE Foundation.



Therese Kaufmann, Ivan Krastev, Claus Offe, Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, Martin M. Simecka

The EU: The real sick man of Europe?

vienna Democratic deficit, enlargement fatigue and ever more rescue funds: is there still a future for a common Europe? In a discussion in Eurozine's series "Europe talks to Europe", prominent intellectuals diagnosed causes for the current malaise of the EU. [ more ]


Read also: Martin M. Simecka, "Still not free": why post-'89 history must go beyond self-diagnosis; and Ivan Krastev "Democratic, can travel": how Russia's policy of open borders diffuses protest potential from a dissatisfied middle class.



László Rajk, Martin M. Simecka

Dilemma '89: My father was a communist

Budapest Two sons of well-known persecuted communists discuss the still unanswered questions surrounding the involvement of their fathers' generation in post-war communism, and the failings of today's debate about the past in the former communist countries. [ more ]


Read also: Martin M. Simecka, "Still not free": why post-'89 history must go beyond self-diagnosis.



Danuta Glondys, Arne Ruth

Breaking the bonds of national mythology

Memory and European citizenship

warsaw In many European countries, a nationally framed approach to history clashes with those of neighbouring states. What is the role of intellectuals in disputes over contested history and can cross-border journalism build an element of real universality into the European project? [ more ]


Read also: Danuta Glondys, "The revenge of memory?": on rethinking the symbolic meaning of history; and Arne Ruth, "Myths of neutrality": in Sweden and Switzerland, foreign publicity forced recognition of complicity in the Holocaust.



Daniel Daianu, Robert Misik

Economy and ethics in crisis

A new-old East-West divide?

bucharest The aggressive monetary policies of western financial institutions were a major factor for the crisis of eastern European economies after the bubble burst in 2008. What are the ethical and political implications of western investment in eastern Europe and the globalized economy as a whole? [ more ]


Read also: Daniel Daianu, "For a return to common sense": a plea for pragmatic implementation of market reforms in eastern Europe; and Robert Misik, "World improvement reloaded": why the Left needs to reclaim the mantle of progressivism.



Jirí Pehe, Benedict Seymour

The critical divide

Marxism: Radical alternative or totalitarian relic?

Brno While an historical-materialist approach to both culture and society has strong critical potential in western Europe, many eastern European intellectuals regard it sceptically. Does Marxism – or even leftist politics – mean one thing in the West and another in the East? [ more ]


Read also: Jirà Pehe, "Washing their hands of the welfare state": why the time-honoured communist critique of the welfare state is too catagorical; and Anders Ramsay, "Marx? Which Marx?": a critique of naturalistic readings of Marx's theory of value.



Kenan Malik, Fero Sebej

Multiculturalism at its limits?

Managing diversity in the new Europe

Bratislava Multiculturalism, the default strategy in western Europe for managing cultural diversity, is increasingly under attack from both Right and Left. If multiculturalism has reached its limits, what are the alternatives that can help manage diversity, both in the East and in the West? [ more ]


Read also: Kenan Malik, "How to become a real Muslim": why the fear of causing offence has helped undermine progressive trends in Islam and strengthened the hand of religious bigots.



Ivaylo Ditchev, Judith Vidal-Hall

Democracy live

Media, politics and the tyranny of the opinion poll

Sofia The surge in "anti-politics" throughout Europe coincides with media marketization and the rise of digital technologies. How is media change connected to the loss of trust in political institutions and what happens to democracy when political decision-making relies increasingly on the opinion poll? [ more ]


Read also: Ivaylo Ditchev, "Democracy 'live'": for political decision-making, the question of whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback.



Andriy Shevchenko, David Van Reybrouck

Splitting up?

The re-nationalization of Europe

Lviv Perceived loss of sovereignty and rising hostility towards migrants are behind the nationalist revival in many EU member states. Yet in the countries of the former USSR, nationalism is associated with democratization. Can one talk in the same terms about contemporary nationalism in East and West? [Hungarian version added] [ more ]


Read also: An interview with David Van Reybrouck, "Is Belgium the test-bench for democracy 2.0?": why the underlying causes of Belgium's political crisis will repeat themselves throughout Europe.


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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]

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]

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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]

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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