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Miloš Vec

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. [ more ]

Adam Zagajewski

A defence of ardour

Shalini Randeria, Anna Wójcik

Mobilizing law for solidarity

Ira Katznelson, Agnieszka Rosner

Solidarity after Machiavelli

Camille Leprince, Lynn SK

Portraits of three women...

Eurozine Review

Eurozine Review

The destruction of society

'Osteuropa' rages at the destruction of Russian society; 'Merkur' delves into the history of Eurasianism; 'Vikerkaar' is sanguine about the decline of universalism; 'New Eastern Europe' has divided opinions about borders; 'Ord&Bild' finds humanism at sea; 'Il Mulino' debates the difficulties of democracy in Italy and the West; 'Blätter' seeks responses to the whitelash; 'Mittelweg 36' historicizes pop and protest; 'Critique & Humanism' looks at Bulgarian youth cultures; 'Res Publica Nowa' considers labour; and 'Varlik' examines the origins of literary modernism in Turkey.

Eurozine Review

The ordinary state of emergency

Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

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The violent closet?

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Peak democracy?

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Mykola Riabchuk

Tymoshenko: Wake-up call for the EU

The EU shouldn't be surprised by the Tymoshenko verdict: its support of anything nominally reformist has been perceived as acceptance of a range of repressions. Tough measures are now needed to prevent another authoritarian state forming on the EU's borders. [more]


Rashed Chowdhury

How to reach Belarus

Attempts to compensate for Belarusian lack of national pride by turning the country into a fortress and uniting nationality and religion are "insane", says Rashed Chowdhury. "Belarus can be a Christian country, but it must never be a country for Christians." [more]


Vytis Jurkonis, Julija Narkeviciute

The EU-Belarus dialogue: Opportunity or simulacrum?

The EU has commenced a new, pragmatic stage of relations with Belarus: in February, Javier Solana met Alexander Lukashenka; now, the Belarusian president has been invited to a summit in Prague. Is self-interest the sole reason for the EU's change of tack? [more]


Rashed Chowdhury

Caught in the crossfire

The Belarusian government has cited offence caused by the reprinting of the Danish Muhammad cartoons as a pretext for a further crackdown on the independent media. Nevertheless, within parts of the Belarusian opposition, hostility towards Muslims is real. [more]


Richard Rorty

Democracy and philosophy

Moral insight "is a matter of imagining a better future, and observing the results of attempts to bring that future into existence". In "Kritika&Kontext", Richard Rorty (1931-2007) outlines the anti-foundationalist premise of his philosophy. [more]


Andrej Dynko

Sacrificial therapy

Letter from a prison in Minsk

"Being imprisoned feels like being pregnant: it's worrying at the beginning and at the end." Andrej Dynko, Belarusian opposition journalist and editor, spent ten days in prison last year on "hooliganism" charges. His prison diary has won him the Lorenzo Natali European Commission Prize for journalists writing on human rights issues. [more]


Hans-Georg Wieck

Democracy promotion at a dead end

Europe is failing in Belarus

European charters for democratic reform have run aground in Belarus. Expressions of solidarity are not enough: Europe needs to adopt the US strategy of promoting the opposition directly. [more]


Mykola Riabchuk

Is the West serious about the "last European dictatorship"?

Western civil society should stop tolerating cynical realpolitik towards Belarus and put pressure on their governments to blacklist offending officials. [more]


Nerijus Prekevicius

One president, three challengers

Assessing Belarusian election politics

Why the opposition failed to match Lukashenko's mass support, "despite" their respective policies. [more]


Andrew Wilson

The Belarusian election: Who best learnt from the Orange Revolution?

Lukashenko may have won another victory, but he hasn't succeeded in abolishing politics, writes Andrew Wilson. [more]


Vital Silicki

An election turned inside out

Looking behind Belarusian election dramaturgy

In the game of bluff leading up to the Belarusian elections, one thing is for sure: despite its apparent superiority, the Lukashenko regime is worried. [more]


Andrei Kazakievich

Orientalism and the "casus belarus"

Detached from social reality and idealizing metropolitan western Europe, there is a trend among Belarusian intellectuals to "orientalize" Belarus. [more]


Nerijus Prekevicius

The Belarusian opposition

Preparation for the presidential campaign of 2006

Could the Belarusian democratic opposition be alienating floating voters in its 2006 election campaign? An outside observer offers criticism. [more]


Nerijus Prekevicius

"Sovetskaya Belorussiya" and propaganda discourse

A discourse analysis shows that the Belarusian state newspaper Sovetskaya Belorussiya plays fast and loose with the facts. [more]


Andrew Wilson

Will the Orange spark ignite in Belarus?

The single candidate's chances at the 2006 election

What tactics can the Belarusian opposition expect to face from the Lukashenko government in the run-up to the elections in 2006? [more]


Yuri Chavusaw

Revolution and anti-revolution in the post-Soviet space

The "coloured revolutions" have been a lesson for the Russian and Belarusian governments on the formation of democratic, non-violent opposition. With elections in Belarus set for September 2006, the "denim revolutionaries" must prove they are effective. [more]


Piotr Rudkouski

The national language debate in Belarus

Russian-speakers in Belarus accuse Belarusian-speakers of "national psychosis". Is a reconciliation of nationalism with liberalism possible in Belarus? [more]


Andrew Wilson

How to have become a nationalist

From hard-line Soviet to touchy-feely populist, Belarusian president Lukashenko has ploughed an erratic political course. If Russian subsidies continue to fall, his nationalism might turn out to be genuine. [more]


Andrej Dynko

Between brotherly Russia and peaceful Europe

On Belarus and its inhabitants. What kind of politicians are most successful in this country and why? [more]


Nelly Bekus-Goncharova

The well-dressed people of Belarus

Why dressing extravagantly can be a way of coming to terms with the socialist past. [more]



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Focal points     click for more

Debating solidarity in Europe
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]

Vacancies at Eurozine     click for more

Eurozine is seeking an Online Editor and Social Media Manager for its office in Vienna.

Preferred starting date: February 2017.
Applications deadline: 31 January 2017.

Conferences     click for more

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Mobilizing for the Commons
The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Gdańsk, 4-6 November 2016
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]

Support Eurozine     click for more

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Eurozine BLOG

On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
In memoriam: Ales Debeljak (1961-2016)
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]

Time to Talk     click for more

Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
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]

Editor's choice     click for more

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

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach
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
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]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
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]

Debate series     click for more

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]

Multimedia     click for more
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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