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Beyond Fortress Europe

Introduction The fate of migrants and refugees attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A debate riddled with the complex, often epic, narratives that underlie immediate crisis situations. [ more ]

25.09.2014
 

Latest

Ulrike Guérot, Robert Menasse

Europe: The reconstruction of the Free World

Rights A borderless Europe may seem like a distant prospect at the moment. But as struggles for universal access to the global commons beyond the nation-state intensify, it is bound to become a necessity, say Ulrike Guérot and Robert Menasse. [ more ]

30.03.2016

Arjun Appadurai

Aspirational maps

On migrant narratives and imagined future citizenship

Belonging The wave of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa is threatening to unravel the very foundations of European ideas of full citizenship, asylum and refuge, says Arjun Appadurai. But there must be a richer cultural road to legal and bureaucratic solutions currently being debated. [ more ]

19.02.2016

Lyndsey Stonebridge

No place like home

A concise history of statelessness

Migration history The 20th century unleashed the spectre of statelessness into the world. Lyndsey Stonebridge explores how the modern history of refugees has shaped both the lives of the stateless and the lives, rights and securities of those who conider themselves happily at home. [Swedish version added] [ more ]

01.12.2015

Valeria Korablyova

Pariahs and parvenus?

Refugees and new divisions in Europe

Migration The refugee crisis looks like proving the idea of Europe to be unenforceable, writes Valeria Korablyova. So what will remain if equality and solidarity fail to become the principles of cooperation between EU member states now riven by common fears? [ more ]

26.11.2015
Basil Kerski

Fear it not

Essay He and his family fled Iraq for Poland in the 1970s, never to return. Basil Kerski knows from first-hand experience that integration can be a long and difficult process, but it usually enriches receiving societies and new arrivals alike. He argues vigorously in favour of European solidarity. [ more ]

13.11.2015
Don Flynn

Frontier anxiety

Living with the stress of the everyday border

Analysis Today, bordering operates at all levels, writes Don Flynn: from the geopolitical bordering that expresses the changing balance of power between states; to the reconfiguration of state administrative procedures; to the experience of the border as it impacts on everyday lives. [ more ]

13.11.2015

Slavenka Drakulic

Competing for victimhood

Why eastern Europe says no to refugees

Opinion Eastern European states are expected to renounce their post-totalitarian victim status and re-gained national homogeneity in order to show solidarity with western Europe in the refugee question. No wonder that they resist, writes Slavenka Drakulic. [ more ]

04.11.2015

Seyla Benhabib, Slawomir Sierakowski

Nobody wants to be a refugee

A conversation with Seyla Benhabib

Interview The current crisis is generating the myth of borders as controlled, says Seyla Benhabib. But this is only a myth. It is a fact that states are escaping their obligations under international and European law; while migrants themselves may help keep the social peace between classes. [ more ]

07.10.2015
Ivaylo Ditchev, Wojciech Przybylski

Cultures of mobility

From controlling to democratizing borders

Interview Mass migration is linked not only to geopolitical and economic factors, but to cultural triggers too. Moreover, says Ivaylo Ditchev, borders themselves must be subject to public debate about what kind of borders we want where, rather than the arbitrary decisions of the powers that be. [ more ]

14.10.2015
Andrea Franc

Free trade in an age of mass migration

Economics For decades the West has denied Africa access to western markets, writes economic historian Andrea Franc. Meanwhile, subsidized western agricultural surpluses have destroyed African economies. The human cost of this can be seen along the full length of Europe's southern shores. [ more ]

14.10.2015
Jakub Patocka

Say it loud and say it clear: Soviet values are still here

Media Accommodate the current influx of refugees, or accept more suffering and tragedy, and risk a humanitarian disaster in the Balkans. The options couldn't be clearer, says Jakub Patocka. But without a strong independent media in central and eastern Europe, the public debate has gone awry. [ more ]

07.10.2015
Jacques Rupnik

The Other Europe

Central and eastern Europe Freedom of movement was one of the major achievements of the revolutions of 1989, argues Jacques Rupnik. A freedom that central and eastern European heads of state now refuse non-Europeans. How much longer can they expect to maintain their contrary stance? [ more ]

11.09.2015
Michal Simecka, Benjamin Tallis

Fighting the wrong battle

A crisis of liberal democracy, not migration

Rights The hostile response of central and eastern European heads of state to the prospect of accepting Syrian refugees is emblematic of the parlous state of liberal democracy in the region, say Michal Simecka and Benjamin Tallis. Europe must avert a deepening East-West divide. [ more ]

09.09.2015
 

Eurozine conference This focal point was first published on the occasion of the 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals 2014 in Conversano (Italy)

 

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26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals held in Italy

Conference report

The new European debate on laws, borders and human rights was the subject of this year's Eurozine conference, held in Conversano from 3 to 6 October, and co-organized by La Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno and Eurozine partner journal "Lettera internazionale". The conference gathered over 100 editors and intellectuals from all over Europe. [ more ]

05.11.2014
 

Lina Ekdahl

What do you want

poetry In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. [ more ]

06.08.2014
 

Law and border

Peo Hansen

Undermining free movement

Migration in an age of austerity

Rights How much longer can the European Union reasonably claim to guarantee the free movement of persons as a fundamental right? As the internalization of EU external migration policy starts to kick in, Peo Hansen examines the implications for the future of EU citizenship as we know it. [ more ]

06.02.2015

Göran Dahlberg, Fabrizio Gatti, Linn Hansén

Camels don't pay in advance

A conversation with Fabrizio Gatti

Interview Offering undocumented migrants the assistance that they need is well within the means of EU member states, says Fabrizio Gatti in interview. Instead, governments continue to bicker among themselves as to who is to pay and people continue to fall prey to the traffickers. [ more ]

06.02.2015

Fabrizio Gatti

Passing the buck

The Lampedusa shipwreck of 11 October 2013

Reportage At least 268 refugees drowned in the Lampedusa shipwreck on 11 October 2013. A month later, Fabrizio Gatti established that the tragedy could have been avoided, had the vessels in the vicinity with resources to support every victim been allowed to respond according to common sense. [ more ]

15.09.2014

Jazra Khaleed

The AEGEAN or the Anus of Death

Poetry Known as a boxer and poet, Jazra Khaleed draws a parallel between the two disciplines: his writing has the attack and punch of a fighter. The poem presented here, translated from Greek, concerns the fantastic world of undocumented migration between the 24th and 28th meridians. [ more ]

11.02.2015
 

Between policy and ethics

Cathryn Costello, Mariagiulia Giuffré

"Tragedy" and responsibility in the Mediterranean

More of the same? The European Union plans to use costly military operations to suppress refugee mobility, write Mariagiulia Giuffré and Cathryn Costello. This means, in short, responding to those fleeing war, repression and human rights abuses with more of the same. So what are the alternatives? [ more ]

20.05.2015
Bill Frelick, Judith Sunderland

Humanitarian rhetoric, inhumane treatment

The European Union's approach to migrants

policy In an article first published prior to the 19 April capsizing of a wooden fishing boat and consequent drowning of around 800 migrants in the Mediterranean, Judith Sunderland and Bill Frelick warn about the EU's preference for border enforcement over the creation of safe, legal channels into the EU. [ more ]

22.04.2015
Eve Geddie

Changing the European discourse on migration

Discourse Increased securitization and discrimination against migrants has neither reinforced the freedom, security and well-being of EU citizens nor curbed irregular migration, writes Eve Geddie. It's time to change the European discourse on undocumented migrants. [ more ]

29.01.2014
Seyla Benhabib

Critique of humanitarian reason

Rights Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. [Swedish version added] [ more ]

18.07.2014
Kenan Malik

In defence of diversity

Fortress Europe It is wrong to make immigration responsible for Europe's social ills, writes Kenan Malik. Worse still is the way in which fortress Europe has created not only a physical barrier around the continent, but an emotional one, too, around Europe's sense of humanity. [Spanish version added] [ more ]

18.12.2013
Martina Mauer

Bayern, Berlin, Brussels

The long march of the refugees

Protest There's a new Europe-wide refugee movement taking shape. It has succeeded in making the problems refugees face a permanent topic of public debate, one that politicians can no longer ignore. And broad social solidarity with its demands is growing too, writes Martina Mauer. [ more ]

18.07.2014

Read also Gesa Heinbach on Lampedusa: Europe's disgrace (in German)

 

Loci: Places of migration

Fabrizio Gatti

I was a slave in Puglia

Italy A journey that takes one beyond the limits of human imagination: this is how Fabrizio Gatti describes his experience of a week spent undercover among immigrant labourers in Puglia in order to report on the horrors that these modern slaves endure. [ more ]

25.09.2014

Read also Domenico Perrotta's reportage Beyond exploitation (in Italian)

Almir Koldzic, Áine O'Brien

Taking control of the camera

culture An array of photography and film, visual arts, theatre, mixed-media storytelling and online journalism is dispelling notions of refugees as voiceless victims. Almir Koldzic and Áine O'Brien report on new channels providing an antidote to mainstream media coverage of life as a refugee. [ more ]

20.03.2015
Imogen Tyler

Welcome to Britain

Anti-immigrant populism and the asylum invasion complex

UK Imogen Tyler looks at how the manufacture of an asylum invasion complex within the public sphere aided the passing of UK legislation that reconstituted the refugee as a "national abject". That is, as a (likely bogus) asylum-seeker subject to destitution, detention and exclusion. [ more ]

11.02.2015
Agri Ismail

The pioneers of global gentrification

Diaspora Does anyone feel genuinely at home in the age of global gentrification? Probably not, writes Agri Ismail, certainly not if the experience of the Kurdish diaspora is anything to go by. But so long as a Swedish song plays in an Irish pub in a chain hotel in Kurdistan, a sense of security remains. [ more ]

24.10.2014
Cecilia Parsberg

Giving in free movement Europe

Fortress in the fortress The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. [ more ]

06.08.2014
Timothy Cooper

Arab migrants face a new Sykes-Picot in Calais

France Afghan Jungle, Hazara Jungle, Palestine House. Calais' squats and camps have existed in various incarnations for years: the result of two European nations fortifying themselves against crises of their own making, writes Timothy Cooper. History continues to repeat itself. [ more ]

18.07.2014
Alessandro Leogrande

Two or three things about Albania

Travel notes

Albania Two-thirds of Albanians invested in the pyramid investment funds that collapsed in 1997, causing violent social unrest. Many fled to Italy and 83 perished en route in the sinking of the "Kateri I Rades". But the memory of this was suppressed, writes Alessandro Leogrande. [English version added] [ more ]

13.05.2014
Kenan Malik

The facts, the myths and the framing of immigration

The case of Britain

United Kingdom The arguments once used against Jews, and then against South Asian and Caribbean immigrants, are now raised against Muslims and east Europeans. However, Kenan Malik finds some comfort in reviewing the facts of the matter. He then tackles the illusions. [ more ]

08.04.2013
Manuel Assner

Colonial roots and current routes

Migration in the harbour city of Hamburg

Germany Manuel Assner conducted a tour of the Port of Hamburg at the Eurozine conference in 2012, providing a history of migration in the multi-ethnic harbour and surrounding districts. In this article based on the tour, he shows how colonial roots remain intertwined with colonial routes. [ more ]

15.03.2013
 

Memory

Claus Leggewie

Continuities denied

Explaining Europe's reluctance to remember migration

European identity Why does Europe find it so difficult to remember the facts of migration, both voluntary and forced? Reluctance to address the more noxious aspects of collective European identity impedes engagement with migration history, argues Claus Leggewie. Swedish version added [ more ]

16.05.2012
Imke Sturm-Martin

Migration: Europe's absent history

European history Although migration has a long history in Europe, it tends to be treated solely as a present-day issue. Why the reluctance to historicize the subject? Particularly since migration history offers a way to replace narrow, national narratives with one that is properly European. [ more ]

30.04.2012
 

The future

Slavenka Drakulic

The tune of the future

Italy: old Europe, new Europe, changing Europe

Essay Venice versus Lampedusa: travelling around Italy, Slavenka Drakulic observes one kind of Europe being replaced by another. Instead of attempting to conserve the cultural past, we should accept that migration will adapt much of what we consider "European" to its own image. [ more ]

15.03.2012
 

From the archives

Ariadne Lewanska, Pierre Manent

Migration, patriotism and the European agendum

An interview with historian of ideas Pierre Manent

European agenda A European patriotism can be generated only through political acts that create a sense of solidarity, says historian Pierre Manent. If invocations of Europe are to be anything but vacuous, Europe must be decisive in defining its interests and demarcating its boundaries. [ more ]

21.09.2011
Christine Wicht

More security at any price

The Stockholm Programme of the European Union

Security The Stockholm Programme, the latest EU agreement on security policy, plans to enable the cross-border collection and sharing of data on a massive scale. Supposedly promoting "openness and security", the Programme is a further step towards a hi-tech Fortress Europe. [ more ]

24.03.2010
Olle Sahlström

Migration: a lever for union renewal?

Trade unions The trade union is at a crossroad. Immigrant workers must be included in the unions. Either one chooses to try classic methods of organization, or entirely new directions which risk a widening of the gap between the white, male worker aristocracy and the poor, exploited migrant worker. [ more ]

22.07.2008
Ivaylo Ditchev

Mobile citizenship?

Bulgaria The "new mobility" implies new freedoms as well as new privations. The biographies of Bulgarian migrants reveal how the horizon of departure has become a basic dimension of the world. Mobility, writes Ivaylo Ditchev, will need to be taken more seriously in the anthropology of citizenship. [ more ]

27.06.2008
Sophie Boukhari

The long wait in Morocco

Morocco For migrants waiting in Morocco to enter Europe, the situation is bleak. It will take more than asylum status and the Geneva Convention to solve Africa's human rights problems, writes Sophie Boukhari. [ more ]

04.07.2007
Irena Maryniak

The edge of the volcano

Trafficking Forced labour is widespread in Europe. But until policy makers recognize the need to manage the demand for migrant workers, there will continue to be a market for those prepared to risk exploitation. [ more ]

15.05.2007
Saskia Sassen

Is this the way to go?

Handling immigration in a global era

Fortress Europe 2002 As Europe more than ever fortifies its borders against illegal immigrants, what about the increase in human trafficking? [ more ]

17.09.2002
 

More migration in Eurozine focal points

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 ]

27.07.2012

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 ]

14.01.2005

Shared space, divided society

Cultural diversity

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 the framework of the Austrian "Aktionstage Politische Bildung", 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 ]

23.04.2007
 

More focal points

Russia in global dialogue

russia europe and the world 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 ]

11.06.2013

Ukraine in focus

current affairs 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 ]

21.01.2013

The ends of democracy

political cultures 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 ]

12.12.2013

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, Jurgen Habermas, Daniel Daianu, Ulrike Guerot, 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 ]

01.07.2011

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 ]

28.02.2011

Hungary

politics and culture In recent years, Hungary has been a constant concern for anyone interested in European politics. Ahead of elections in 2014, we present articles published in Eurozine on recent developments in Hungary and broader issues relating to Hungarian politics, history and culture.[ more ]

29.05.2013
 

Focal points     click for more

Debating solidarity in Europe

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In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, questions of inequality and solidarity have become intertwined. Over the past year, however, questions of solidarity have also been central in connection to the treatment of refugees and migrants. [more]

Ukraine: Beyond conflict stories

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Follow the critical, informed and nuanced voices that counter the dominant discourse of crisis concerning Ukraine. A media exchange project linking Ukrainian independent media with "alternative" media in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. [more]

Russia in global dialogue

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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 European dialogue

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Post-revolutionary Ukrainian society displays a unique mix of hope, enthusiasm, social creativity, collective trauma of war, radicalism and disillusionment. Two years after the country's uprising, the focal point "Ukraine in European dialogue" takes stock. [more]

Culture and the commons

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Across Europe, citizens are engaging in new forms of cultural cooperation while developing alternative and participatory democratic practices. The commons is where cultural and social activists meet a broader public to create new ways of living together. [more]

2016 Jean Améry Prize collection

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To coincide with the awarding of the 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing, Eurozine publishes essays by authors nominated for the prize, including by a representative selection of Eurozine partner journals. [more]

The politics of privacy

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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

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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]

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Mobilizing for the Commons
The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Gdańsk, 4-6 November 2016

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/gdansk2016_official.html
The Eurozine conference 2016 in Gdańsk framed the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The event took place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk and thus linked contemporary debate to the history of a broad, non-violent, anti-communist social movement which has started in the city's shipyard in 1980. [more]

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In memoriam: Ales Debeljak (1961-2016)

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On 28 January 2016, Ales Debeljak died in a car crash in Slovenia. He will be much missed as an agile and compelling essayist, a formidable public speaker and a charming personality. [more]

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Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?

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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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Jürgen Habermas, Michaël Foessel
Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

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Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspectives on democracy in occupied postwar Germany, Jürgen Habermas still stands by his commitment to a critical social theory that advances the cause of human emancipation. This follows a lifetime of philosophical dialogue. [more]

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Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach

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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

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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]

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The re-transnationalization of literary criticism

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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

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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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