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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 ]

14.03.2011
 

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.

 

vienna



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 ]

05.08.2011

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.

 

budapest

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 ]

07.05.2010

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

 

warsaw

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 ]

14.03.2011

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.

 

bucharest

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 ]

14.03.2011

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.

 

Brno

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 ]

18.11.2010

Read also: JirĂ 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.

 

bratislava

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 ]

18.01.2011

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.

 

Sofia

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 ]

14.03.2011

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.

 

Lviv

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 ]

14.03.2011

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.

 

Focal points     click for more

Ukraine in focus

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/publicsphere.html
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]

The ends of democracy

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/democracy.html
At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [more]

Russia in global dialogue

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/eurocrisis.html
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]

Hungary

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/eurocrisis.html
In recent years, Hungary has been a constant concern for anyone interested in European politics. We have collected articles published in Eurozine on recent developments in Hungary and broader issues relating to Hungarian politics, history and culture. [more]

The public sphere in the making

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/publicsphere.html
The public sphere is not something given; it is made - over and over again. But which actors are involved and what roles do they play? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? And in which media or public space does the debate take place? [more]

The EU: Broken or just broke?

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/eurocrisis.html
Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the monetary union. Contributors 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]

Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch a new online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Robert Skidelsky
The Eurozone crisis: A Keynesian response

http://www.eurozine.com/timetotalk/the-eurozone-crisis-a-keynesian-response/
Political economist and Keynes biographer Robert Skidelsky explains the reasons for the failure of the current anti-crisis policy and how Europe can start to grow again. Listen to the full debate organized by Krytyka Polityczna. [more]

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Editor's choice     click for more

Marcus Rediker
Ghosts on the waterfront

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2012-07-27-rediker-en.html
Historian Marcus Rediker describes the sailing ship as linchpin of the emergent transatlantic economic order and instrument of terror for slaves transported from Africa, going on to discuss European harbour cities' role in the slave trade and their responsibilities in reckoning with its moral legacy. [more]

Literature     click for more

Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-01-16-tokarczuk-en.html
Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And "minority" languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world. [more]

Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz
Literary perspectives special: Witold Gombrowicz

http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2013-08-16-kuisz-en.html
The recent publication of the private diary of Witold Gombrowicz provides unparalleled insight into the life of one of Poland's great twentieth-century novelists and dramatists. But this is not literature. Instead: here he is, completely naked. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/literaryperspectives.html
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

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/europetalkstoeurope.html
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.
Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere
The 25th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Oslo, 29 November - 2 December 2013

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/oslo2013.html
Under the heading "Making a difference. Opinion, debate and activism in the public sphere", the 2013 Eurozine conference focused on cultural and intellectual debate and the production of the public sphere. [more]

Multimedia     click for more

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/multimedia.html
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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