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Politics of border making and (cross-) border identities
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Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Politics of border making and (cross-)border identities

Introduction

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 ]

14.01.2005
Karl Schlögel

Europe tests its boundaries

A searching movement

With the disappearance of the Iron Curtain, the entire system of coordinates in Europe has changed. The East no longer exists; but what has emerged in its place is neither the old nor the new. [ more ]

24.11.2004
 
Denko Maleski

The borders of our minds

"In the minds of all the Balkan nations there are two maps. One is the contemporary map, the other is the historical map." Denko Maleski on Balkan nationalism and why, in the conflict between Macedonia and Greece, both sides are debating a non-existent issue. [ more ]

16.01.2009
Gábor Miklósi

Schengen blues

Hungary's entry into the Schengen Zone in December 2007, along with eight other countries, brought a further relaxation of historical borders. While many communities have benefited, the process has not been without its absurdities, writes Gábor Miklósi. [ more ]

09.04.2008
Yaroslav Hrytsak

The borders of Europe - seen from the outside

Eastern Europe is a normal but second-hand Europe, writes the Ukrainian historian Yaroslav Hrytsak. People living there share European values - but these values were elaborated somewhere else. [ more ]

10.01.2005
Marko Bojcun

The European Union’s perspectives on the Ukrainian-Russian border

The way that the richer countries have responded to the flight of people out of poorer and destabilised regions has aggravated the plight of migrants and made it even more difficult for transit countries and countries of destination to receive and help settle them, or indeed to benefit from them. Marko Bojcun looks at what has to be done. [ more ]

12.01.2005
Timothy Snyder

The Wall around the West

Globalisation along rich-poor divides is less the swan song of state power than its siren song. [ more ]

06.01.2005
Alexei Miller

Eastern Europe: Imagining Anew

Can Ukraine ever become a member of the European Union? [ more ]

28.10.2002
Georg Vobruba

Europe reaches its limits

From the dynamic of expansion to different degrees of integration

Squaring the circle between further enlargement and deeper integration. [ more ]

08.06.2004
Katarzyna Stoklosa

Poland: a bridge between East and West?

Katarzyna Stoklosa looks at Poland's new geopolitical role as a mediator between the EU and its eastern neighbors. [ more ]

17.01.2005
 
Nelly Bekus-Goncharova

Living in visa territory

The extent of a person's freedom is determined by the status of their passport. For people outside the EU's charmed circle, travelling not only earns them the distrust of the country they wish to leave, but also of the country they wish to enter. [ more ]

22.02.2008
Andrea Komlosy

Limited access

Andrea Komlosy compares cross-border mobility in contemporary EU and the historical Habsburg monarchy. [ more ]

11.01.2005
Henk van Houtum, Roos Pijpers

Towards a gated community

Offering an alternative to the flawed Fortress Europe metaphor, Henk van Houtum and Roos Pijpers argue that the moral panic on immigration and consequent migration policy in the EU follows a geo-strategic logic which much more than a fortress resembles the management of a gated community. [ more ]

12.01.2005
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

"Shut up or piss off!"

Neighborhoods in the Basque Provinces

The Basque conflict exemplifies the case of an ethnic conflict turned into a purely political one, where an artificially created "ethnic" divide serves specific political interests. [ more ]

11.01.2005
Rada Ivekovic

Transborder translating

Translation is a form of resistance, but also "the original mother tongue of humankind". With a broad interpretaion of the concept of translation, Rada Ivekovic looks at the principles, concepts, and symbolic values of borders and boundaries. [ more ]

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