While Moscow’s support of the Front National appears to be waning in advance of the French presidential elections, its ties with Austria’s far right have been cemented by a unique agreement. What does this say about Russian strategy in western Europe?
Britain’s vote to leave the Union and the advent of a US president who regards the EU as dysfunctional pose a major challenge to the remaining 27 members. Whether the EU continues to decline depends on whether Germany and France can strike a new bargain to strengthen the eurozone after their elections this year.
Under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has returned to its ‘normal’ state of emergency, in which freedom of speech is punished and where minorities bear the brunt. Armenian journalist and publisher Rober Koptaş looks to persecuted writers of the past for examples of strength and resistance.
The “Kyiv Biennial 2015 – The School of Kyiv” was a profound consideration of Europe and Ukraine’s place in it. Developments since then, however, mean that Kiev is no longer the “city of Europe’s hope”, writes Kateryna Mishchenko.
You can, of course, ignore war. You can act like you don’t notice it, like it doesn’t affect you. You can stubbornly avoid looking in its direction. But then, ostentatiously ignoring it is also taking a stance, and not always a productive one.
53 wounds in solidarity: Appropriation and 'hostipitality' in the slogan 'we refugees'
Expressions of solidarity with refugees can conceal essentialism and condescension based on citizenship, class and religion. Governments’ flagrant neglect of responsibilities entailed by use of the ‘we’ reveals the aporias of a solidarity founded in national belonging, argues Suzana Milevska.
I wanna hold your hand
Controversies over Muslims refusing to shake hands with non-Muslims are typical of the conflicts affecting today’s multi-religious societies. Appeals to the law are not the answer: processes of social self-regulation need to take their course beyond formal authority, argues Miloš Vec.
When Russian NGOs resisted the law obliging them to declare themselves as foreign agents, the Ministry of Justice began to blacklist them itself. One such group is the Women of the Don Union, whose operations have been paralysed by a criminal investigation into its director Valentina Cerevatenko.