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Stop press: The world will not end!

In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I.

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Daniel Daianu, Robert Misik

Economy and ethics in crisis

A new-old East-West divide?

financial crisis 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 ]

Roman Frydman, Michael D. Goldberg

Market mysticism

financial crisis Faith in the "efficient markets hypothesis" is largely to blame for the massive deregulation of the late 1990s and early 2000s that made the crisis more likely, if not inevitable. Two economists excoriate the ideology of self-regulating markets and its pseudo-scientific foundations. [ more ]

Brian Holmes

Written in the stars?

Global finance, precarious destinies

art and finance Where hard physics combines with traders' animal passions, financialized civilization becomes imbued with the relations between hunter and hunted. Systemic corruption produces the disconnect between the informational sky above our heads and the existential ground beneath our feet. [ more ]

Sarah Ernst

Iceland: Stone broke wonderland

iceland Overshadowed by volcanic ash, Iceland's economic condition has not changed for the better since the March referendum. As punishment for Iceland's insubordination, the 2.1 million dollar aid package has yet to find its way up north, and neither can Iceland count on help from Brussels in its negotiations with the IMF. [ more ]

Magnus Ryner

An obituary for the Third Way

The financial crisis and social democracy in Europe

Social democracy The Third Way made a virtue out of the necessity to adapt social democracy to the global market. But when the US system on which it was modelled collapsed, European social democracy was in no state to offer an alternative, argues Magnus Ryner. [ more ]

Lucas Zeise

Banking regulation? Malfunction!

financial crisis The few regulatory measures introduced since the financial collapse are being supervised by the same banking sector that caused it in the first place, writes Lucas Zeise. Governments' delegation of regulatory responsibilities has deeply negative implications for democracy. [ more ]

George Blecher

Anger as the ship goes down

financial crisis Obama's proposed banking reforms are likely to face insurmountable opposition from Congress, where lobby interests have become all-powerful. Worse still, writes George Blecher, the proposals themselves don't go far enough. [ more ]

Jacques Rupnik

The crisis and the end of liberalism in central Europe

financial crisis Even as the state took over large portions of the private banking sector in the US and UK, politicians in central Europe were singing the praises of Anglo-Saxon market liberalism. They are the last orphans of Bush and Cheney, writes Jacques Rupnik. [ more ]

Ralf Dahrendorf

After the crisis, back to a Protestant ethic?

financial crisis "After the financial crisis, back to a Protestant ethic?" Rather not, says Ralf Dahrendorf, but still: the reduced circumstances in which developed countries are finding themselves call for a return to a responsible, parsimonious capitalism. [ more ]

Zoltán Farkas

Hungarian bubbles

Financial crisis Despite the horror-stories, Hungary's budget deficit at 3 per cent of GDP and its public debt at just above 70 per cent do not fare too badly in a global comparison. "So what's our problem?", asks Zoltán Farkas. [ more ]

André Orléan

Beyond transparency

financial crisis Advocates of financial regulation see markets as sound in principle, merely distorted by concealed risks. However transparency is no guarantee against bubbles and crashes, writes André Orléan. It is the rationale for the universal interconnection of capital that needs to be disputed. [ more ]

Albrecht von Lucke

Failing all the way to the top

On the career of German Federal President Horst Köhler

financial crisis Horst Köhler, who has just been re-elected Federal German President, has recently publicly condemned the excesses of capitalism. This apparent gesture of self-critique was nothing other than an attempt at self-exculpation, writes Albrecht von Lucke. [ more ]

Daniel Daianu

For a return to common sense

financial crisis The Romanian MEP criticizes neoliberal development policies divorced from "concrete local conditions" and instead pleads for market reforms that, while stimulating growth in poorer countries, are implemented "pragmatically". [ more ]

George Blecher

Cataclysm, anarchy and knitting

financial crisis US financial experts are talking of cataclysm and anarchy, but what really worries them is nationalization, writes George Blecher. Meanwhile, at street-level, the crisis is having some unusual effects. [ more ]

Reinhold Vetter

Turbulence and consequence

Imported economic crisis in eastern Europe

Financial crisis For the first time since the introduction of the market economy 20 years ago, the EU member states in eastern Europe are experiencing how heavily the stability of their currencies depends on foreign speculation. [ more ]

Olivier Mongin

The instability of value

financial crisis Financial markets, like politics and the media, lurch between confidence and crisis, boom and bust. Olivier Mongin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary finance, we should be turning not to Smith or Marx, but Walras, the first to posit desire as the cause of value. [ more ]

Mircea Vasilescu

Fragile new Europe

financial crisis Despite talk of a "unified European plan" to combat recession, the motto among EU member states seems to be "each to his own". The financial crisis is reimposing the divide between eastern and western Europe, writes Mircea Vasilescu. [ more ]

Alexandra Scheele

What is the gender of the economic crisis?

financial crisis The stimulus packages now put into action are in no way gender equitable, argues Alexandra Scheele. On the contrary, they are based on a gender-political conservatism characterized by a concentration on the concept of the male breadwinner. [ more ]

Steven Lukes

Zero confidence

financial crisis Banks collapsing, homes repossessed, jobs disappearing... no wonder the world is in despair. Steven Lukes turns to Emile Durkheim to make sense of the real depression. Is there a remedy for "the malady of infinite aspiration"? [ more ]

Heiner Flassbeck

Panic in the financial casino

financial crisis Self-regulation by the market has turned out to be an illusion: what's needed now is more governmental regulation of financial markets along with caps on managerial salaries, writes Heiner Flassbeck. [ more ]

Jon Amsden

From subprime to slump?

financial crisis The world has seen the power of money to socialize the costs of capitalist crisis, but are prices going to go on rising to Weimar-like levels? Jon Amsden explores the origins of the crisis and discerns something worse than inflation on the horizon. [ more ]

Eric Janszen

The next bubble

financial crisis Former venture capitalist Eric Janszen analyzes the causes and consequences of speculative bubbles. After the crash of the New Economy and the so-called subprime crisis, which bubble will burst next? [ more ]


Glänta supports the financial sector

financial crisis The financial crisis has made it clear how vital, yet how fragile, capitalism is. In solidarity, Glänta magazine would like to share its cultural capital. Sponsorship of the financial sector is not an act of charity! [ more ]

Giuliano Mesa


On resignation

financial crisis Attention has to be paid to the individual victims of a small minority in pursuit of limitless and obscene wealth and power, writes Giuliano Mesa. Resignation in the face of the dominance of economic logic must be resisted! [ more ]

Heiner Ganssmann

The crisis, money, and us

financial crisis The debate about managerial bonuses obscures the real problem: that income levels are fixed to debt and not to performance. There must be a return to the regulated capitalism of the old European variety, argues Heiner Ganssmann. [ more ]

Heiner Flassbeck

Financial crisis and European ignorance

financial crisis The global financial system is in deep crisis as recession dawns upon the US. Heiner Flassbeck analyzes the dangers for Europe – and the ignorance of European economists and politicians. [ more ]

Andreas Fisahn, Lars Niggemayer

EU law as brake

The foreseeable failure of financial market regulation

financial crisis The role of EU law in hindering financial regulation is rarely analysed. Andreas Fisahn and Lars Niggemeyer argue that European states are captive to their own legal contracts, preventing a departure from the neoliberal path. [ more ]

Brett Neilson

The magic of debt, or Amortize this!

financial crisis Today we don't feel guilty about incurring debts, just the opposite – indebtedness is the entry price of being a good citizen, pulling more and more of us into the global financial system. [ more ]

Frédéric Lordon

High finance - a game of risk

financial crisis The current financial crisis, originating from US credit markets, is just the latest in the bad track record of economic liberalization, which never seems to learn from constantly recurring disasters. [ 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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Eurozine Gallery: TIME top ten photos of 2014
Massimo Sestini's aerial shot of a boat containing at least 500 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, included in the current exhibition in the Eurozine Gallery, has been named one of the top ten photos of 2014 by TIME magazine. [more]

A master of the daily grind
On Sunday 30 November, Turkish publisher Osman Deniztekin died, just a few weeks after having been diagnosed with leukemia. He was 65. In memoriam. [more]

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The role of literature houses in protecting the space for free expression
This summer, Time to Talk partner Free Word, London hosted a debate on the role that literature houses play in preserving freedom of expression both in Europe and globally. Should everyone get a place on the podium? Also those representing the political extremes? [more]

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Felix Stalder
Digital solidarity
As the culture and institutions of the Gutenberg Galaxy wane, Felix Stalder looks to commons, assemblies, swarms and weak networks as a basis for remaking society in a more inclusive and diverse way. The aim being to expand autonomy and solidarity at the same time. [more]

Literature     click for more

Olga Tokarczuk
A finger pointing at the moon
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
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
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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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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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