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Debating Solidarity in Europe
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Introduction

In recent years, issues of solidarity have dominated political debates on both sides of the Atlantic. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, questions of inequality and solidarity have become intertwined – especially in countries that have implemented severe austerity measures. Over the past year, however, questions of both national and international solidarity have also been central in connection to the treatment of refugees and migrants. These 'crises' have led to polarization, but also to an increase in grass-roots mobilization to express discontent with national governments and/or EU policies, as well as to create alternative forms of community support within European societies and beyond.

 

Solidarity: Rescuing a principle

Ulrike Guérot

Europe as a republic

The story of Europe in the twenty-first century

democracy The system currently known as the European Union is the embodiment of post-democracy, says Ulrike Guérot. The solution: to turn Europe on its head. For the Europe of tomorrow is a European Republic, the embodiment of a transnational community. [ more ]

10.07.2015
Michael Rustin

The crisis of neoliberalism in Europe

Prospects for European solidarity, post-Brexit

Brexit Europe has abandoned norms of equality and social solidarity in favour of market freedoms, writes Michael Rustin. But, following the outcome of the UK referendum, could the damage and disruption caused by the dominant neoliberal doctrines in the EU turn out to be reversible? [ more ]

11.07.2016
Zygmunt Bauman

Solidarity: A word in search of flesh

sociology Who will outsmart whom, who will be kicked out first? This is the job market, and probably society at large, reduced to the level of reality TV, writes Bauman. However, though the spirit of solidarity is in exile, it would be premature to give up on the prospect of its return just yet. [ more ]

08.05.2013
Krzysztof Czyzewski

Culture and solidarity

culture Without equality and fraternity, freedom brings enslavement, argues Krzysztof Czyzewski. Overcoming the egocentric tendencies that shape contemporary culture remains the central challenge of our times: the search for a culture of solidarity continues. [ more ]

04.07.2014
 

solidarity and the refugee crisis

Ivan Krastev

Utopian dreams beyond the border

New divisions The refugee crisis has re-opened the gap between East and West. What Europe is witnessing today is not what Brussels describes as a lack of solidarity, but a clash of solidarities: national, ethnic and religious solidarity, writes Ivan Krastev. [Russian version added] [ more ]

24.06.2016
Slavenka Drakulic

Competing for victimhood

Why eastern Europe says no to refugees

Eastern Europe 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
Daniel Leisegang

The limits of solidarity

Rightwing backlash The success of Germany's anti-immigration party signals a mood-swing in public debate on the refugee crisis. The solidarity expressed by Angela Merkel's 'We can manage' has given way to something much less generous, writes Daniel Leisegang. [ more ]

04.10.2016
Valeria Korablyova

Pariahs and parvenus?

Refugees and new divisions in Europe

Solidarity and equality 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
Phillip Cole

On the borders of solidarity

An ethical perspective on migration

ethical politics The debate on migration is dominated by economics and culture, while only the ethical approach reveals the question of power, writes Phillip Cole. The Left must understand anxieties about immigration while contesting beliefs based on untruths. [ more ]

12.08.2016
Basil Kerski

Fear it not

migration and culture 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
 

solidarities

Roshi Naidoo

Strangers when we meet: Identity and solidarity

identity The urgency of global challenges like climate change and the need for collective action might be expected to reduce the importance of identity politics and questions of difference. And yet, writes Roshi Naidoo, there is no neutral conception of humanity for us all to belong to. [ more ]

13.04.2016
Teresa Kulawik

Women's Solidarity

The uprising of the Polish women's movement

feminism Poland is the only post-socialist country with a women's movement worthy of the name, writes Teresa Kulawik. Should it succeed in establishing a transparent structure that can accommodate compromise, "Kongres Kobiet" could provide a model for the country's political system. [ more ]

09.01.2014
Kathleen McAfee

The politics of nature in the Anthropocene

ecology In dialogue with Dipesh Chakrabarty, Kathleen McAfee considers the grounds on which a politics of broader solidarity can and must emerge in the face of an unprecedented ecological turning point; a turning point that is simultaneously a crisis of subsistence for billions of people. [ more ]

15.04.2016
Felix Stalder

Digital solidarity

the web As the culture and the 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, which expands autonomy and solidarity at the same time. [ more ]

26.02.2014
 

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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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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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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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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]

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Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe

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