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The Lilliput syndrome

'Transit' responds to Russia's politics of fear; 'New Eastern Europe' condemns human rights pragmatism; 'Index on Censorship' defends the right to anonymity; 'Vikerkaar' talks trees; 'Czas Kultury' considers conspiracy theories; 'Ord&Bild' reports on heritage wars; 'dérive' confronts the new housing question; 'Letras Libres' declines populisms; and 'Vagant' has no fun with industrial. [ more ]

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A new start that's full of contradictions

Andrei Sannikov

Existence without life

Klas Grinell

Carpets and ceramics

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The dissident history of trees

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The Lilliput syndrome

'Transit' responds to Russia's politics of fear; 'New Eastern Europe' condemns human rights pragmatism; 'Index on Censorship' defends the right to anonymity; 'Vikerkaar' talks trees; 'Czas Kultury' considers conspiracy theories; 'Ord&Bild' reports on heritage wars; 'dérive' confronts the new housing question; 'Letras Libres' declines populisms; and 'Vagant' has no fun with industrial.

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Olav Fumarola Unsgaard

From Attac to Occupy Wall Street

Creating political movements in the age of globalization

It's never been more difficult to form new political movements that do justice to the connection between the local and the global, as well as the abstract and the concrete. Olav Fumarola Unsgaard on the rise and fall of the social forum movements of the past two decades. [more]


Stefan Jonsson

The contained

The container is the universal unit of the global commodity society, facilitating the swift exchange of all kinds of product. Precarity, likewise, connotes a basic form of labour that submissively and flexibly adjusts to any form of employment and system of production. [Ukrainian version added] [more]


Mikael Feldbaum, Michael Kumhof

IMF economist: Crisis begins with inequality

An interview with Michael Kumhof

Unless countries reduce income disparities the next financial collapse is inevitable, argues economist Michael Kumhof. Perhaps a surprising conclusion from a senior researcher at the IMF. In interview he argues that equality is the best recipe against crisis. [more]


Jonathan Metzger

We are not alone in the universe

A new type of political ecology may lend the Left a broad political platform. But we must first acknowledge wills that are not human. Jonathan Metzger explains why "more-than-humanism" calls for a complete rethink in policy, planning and the law. [more]


Erik Hammar

Europe's narrative bias

Democracy, humanism and diversity have little to do with a "European inheritance". Yet EU cultural policy instrumentalizes cultural heritage to promote common identity. This narrative bias needs to be challenged, says Erik Hammar. [more]


Anna Hellgren

Drawing borders within borders

Abortion is still illegal in a number of EU countries and LGBT people are publicly harassed. The conservatives of Europe favour policies that limit sexual and reproductive freedom. What are progressives doing about this? asks Anna Hellgren. [more]


Björn Elmbrant

Whose Europe?

The euro will be brought down by a European Tea Party-type movement, predicts Björn Elmbrant. But the EU has a role to play beyond the euro. Instead of a neoliberal politics of austerity we need a Marshall plan for Greece, Ireland and Portugal. [more]


Slavenka Drakulic

Censorship does not do justice to victims of mass rape

Attempts to prevent the shooting of a film about mass rape in Bosnia equalled an attempt at censorship, argues Slavenka Drakulic: this kind of response perpetuates misunderstandings about war crimes and overlooks the real problems facing Bosnian victims of mass rape today. [more]


Karl Palmås

The defence minister's new philosophy

In the panspectric order, society is seen in terms of information traffic. It is not individuals that are observed, as in the panopticon, but the mass. Degrees of corporate and state surveillance are unprecedented; yet panspectricism also brings new forms resistance. [more]


Felix Holmgren

Kigali's ambassador-at-large

How Philip Gourevitch wrote the victors' history book

With his book about the Rwandan genocide, Philip Gourevitch has perhaps more than anyone influenced the way the conflict is viewed in the US and Europe. But his view is clouded by over-simplifications and a glorified view of the Kagame government, writes Felix Holmgren. [more]


Felix Holmgren, Marie Béatrice Umutesi

The forgotten slaughter

An interview with Marie Béatrice Umutesi

Two years after the Rwandan genocide, refugees living in camps in Zaire were systematically slaughtered -- an event the rest of the world has chosen to forget. The international community first betrayed the Tutsis, then the Hutus, says former refugee Marie Béatrice Umutesi. [more]


Jonas Ebbesson

Environmental injustice

Environmental justice halts at national boundaries, ignoring the correlation between environmental harm and other social factors. A cosmopolitan approach is required that considers the situation of individuals in cross-border contexts, argues Jonas Ebbesson. [more]


Timothy Snyder

Holocaust: The ignored reality

Auschwitz and the Gulag are generally taken to be adequate or even final symbols of the evil of mass slaughter. But they are only the beginning of knowledge, a hint of the true reckoning with the past still to come, writes Timothy Snyder. [more]


Nancy Fraser, Alfredo Gomez-Muller, Gabriel Rockhill

Global justice and the renewal of critical theory

A dialogue with Nancy Fraser

The fall of communism sucked the energy out of social-egalitarian movements, argues Nancy Fraser. Yet it also brought renewals. In the era of globalization, the campaign for redistribution concentrates increasingly on inequalities between, rather than within, nations. [more]


Devrim Mavi, Pernilla Ouis, Anne Sofie Roald, Per Wirtén

They removed the veil

Pernilla Ouis and Anne Sofie Roald adopted the headscarf back in the 1980s at the same time as political Islam began to grow. Now they are part of a global trend towards secularization in which more and more women are shedding their headscarves and veils. [more]


Magnus Wennerhag

The politics of the global movement

In an extract from his book "Social Movement", Swedish sociologist Magnus Wennerhag argues that the global justice movement differs from the '68 protests in being more political and aimed at international institutions and a globalized democracy. [more]


Katrine Kielos

This Bud's for you

Ronald Reagan's ability to get working men to vote for policies clearly not in their interests casts a long shadow over US politics post 9/11. In the US presidential race, winning the masculinity battle will be crucial, writes Katrine Kielos. [more]


Per Wirtén

Unacknowledged, unseen, unmentioned

Poverty in Europe

Impoverished German children dream of the US; one Greek person in four is in arrears; sixty per cent of the poor in Romania have outdoor toilets. Cracks are appearing in Europe's image of itself as the egalitarian alternative to the United States. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Between national church and religious supermarket

Muslim organizations in Germany and the problem of representation

In Germany, "cultural Muslims" have challenged the authority of conservative Muslim organizations to represent "the Muslim community". The problem of representation has to do with the German state's corporatist approach to negotiation, writes Claus Leggewie. [more]


Per Wirtén

Doing the world differently

In defence of multiculturalism

Multiculturalism, long the bête noire of the Right, has come under increasing attack from the Left. But whether multiculturalism poses a threat to Enlightenment values or not, the real debate must be over how we interpret the term itself. [more]


Edda Manga, Saskia Sassen

The global laissez-passer: a US passport

An interview with Saskia Sassen

When Columbian soldiers were threatening to kill her, Saskia Sassen desperately hung on to her American passport. She acted then as an unquestioning member of a world order she usually criticises, one in which some passports provide freedom of access and others do not. Edda Manga talks to Saskia Sassen about "cheap politics" and the deconstruction of patriotism. [more]


Per Wirtén

Free the nation - cosmopolitanism now!

"Cosmopolite" was once a pejorative code word used to denounce Jews, anarchists, pacifists and others who refused to accept the call for fixed borders coming from the nation-states. Now, in another historic turning-point, cosmopolitanism is coming back. [more]


Daniele Archibugi, Iris Marion Young

Envisioning a Global Rule of Law

Could a different response to the attacks of September 11, based on the rule of law and international co-operation been more effective in the long run and have opened a way to a more just and stable world order? [more]


Samir Amin, Michael Hardt, Camilla A Lundberg, Magnus Wennerhag

How Capitalism went Senile

Is capitalism losing its progressive dimension, turning destructive instead? Michael Hardt and Samir Amin, two of the main critics of today's capitalism, talk about the future of the system, the movements resisting it and the alternatives they propose. [more]


Ulf B Andersson, Eric Östberg

Global Law

Human Rights in the Shadow of the "War on Terrorism"

While the "War on Terrorism" puts important principles of justice into question we finally see an International Criminal Court in the making. Eric Östberg, former prosecutor at the Hague Tribunal, talks about rights and obligations applying to all peoples and all their leaders. [more]


Per Wirtén

The New Paradox

USA: just a country among others?

We may, writes Per Wirtén, be standing before a big paradox: the globalization that many Europeans view as Americanization might in fact lead to a situation where the USA is transformed from the one and only empire to just one country among others. [more]



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Magnus Linton


I Colombia iscensätts just nu den perfekta sammansvärjningen mot världens hårdaste abortlagar. Global rätt slår ut nationell. Kanske. För att lyckas gäller det att inte se ut som feminister. [more]


Magnus Linton

Fjärde vägen

Zapatero är mannen som blivit kristna högerns lysande motpol -- både hemma och globalt. Viva España! [more]


Per Wirtén

Radikalismens fantasyvärld

När vänstervågen äntligen börjar rulla upp i strukturer och samtiden känns mognare än någonsin springer radikaler in i barnkammaren. Det är ett sorgligt reprisbeteende. [more]


Kristina Hultman

Med ryggen mot världen

Sverige har glömt sin historia, EU sina principer. Svenska politiker diskuterar gärna trafficking och prostitution, men inte abort. När får vi se en globalisering av aborträtten -- och en svensk aborträtt för alla? [more]


Anna Dahlberg

What would Jesus drive?

Konkurrensen om oljan kan leda till ett "energins kalla krig" mellan Kina och USA. Anna Dahlberg jagar nytt tänk bland Amerikas nykonservativa, svenska miljövänner och terrorns strateger. [more]


Magnus Linton

Myllrets hjärta

Brasiliens nye president Lula har blivit en hoppets symbol. Men bakom honom finns en helt ny politik i Latinamerika där starka sociala rörelser och tro på demokrati har ersatt den gamla gerillaromantiken. Magnus Linton rapporterar från en kontinent där vänstern vaknat. Igen. [more]


Kanan Makiya

Terroristerna är min skugga

Usama bin Ladens terrorister skapades i skuggan av min egen generations misslyckanden. I stället för en demokratisk anda bidrog vi till en offermentalitet där drömmarna alltid krossades av någon annan, oftast USA. Nu krävs ett jihad för vår egen räddning, skriver exilirakiern Kanan Makiya i en uppgörelse med den arabiska vänstern. [more]


Erik Berggren

Så ska stenkastningen förstås

Jan Guillou, Johan Ehrenberg och Arenas redaktörer - alla hör till den samling vänstermän som var olyckligt snabba att fördöma stenkastarna i Göteborg. Nu har ett helt år gått utan att någon vågat se våldet som en fullt begriplig reaktion på ett EU som satt hela vår demokrati på spel, skriver Erik Berggren. [more]


Dan Jönsson

Skrattet från höger

Så enkelt vann populismen

På nytt går ett spöke genom Europa. Men vilket och varför? Dan Jönsson frilägger rötterna till den europeiska högerpopulismen och ser gemensamma nämnare som har väldigt lite med invandring att göra. [more]


Mats Wingborg

Fattigdomens framtid

Har den globala kapitalismen förbättrat eller försämrat livet för världens allra fattigaste? Arena bad Mats Wingborg berätta sanningen om världens utveckling och svaret blev: visst har det blivit bättre - men inte på grund av globaliseringen. [more]


Magnus Linton

Glädjens baksida

I februari hölls World Social Forum i brasilianska Porto Alegre. Magnus Linton var där och såg världens samlade alternativrörelser göra stor succé på ytan av två lika stora konflikter. [more]


Håkan Thörn

Blågul identitet

Folkhemmets behov av konsensus

Det moderna folkhemmet var i allra högsta grad ett nationellt projekt. Håkan Thörn menar att det byggde på en nationell identitet med en konsensus så stark att dess chauvinism blivit osynlig för invånarna. [more]


Robert A Dahl

Europeisk federalism - glöm det!

Demokratins begränsningar

Filosofen Jürgen Habermas har argumenterat för en europeisk författning. Han är ute och cyklar, hävdar statsvetarnas statsvetare - Robert A Dahl. Den amerikanske professorn argumenterar mot tron på att postnationell demokrati är möjlig. Visionärerna leker farliga lekar med mycket explosiva krafter, skriver Dahl. [more]


Ingemar Lindberg

Har världsordningen blivit för gammal?

Kapitalismen är på väg att förgöra sig själv, hävdas i den autonoma vänsterns nya Bibel Empire. Ingemar Lindberg har läst. [more]


Per Wirtén

En skön känsla av utopisk energi

Göteborg och Genua har efterlämnat oro, förvirring och även en känsla av pessimism eller till och med uppgivenhet. Begripligt med tanke på våldet – polisens och svartskjortornas. Men obefogat i ett större perspektiv, menar Per Wirtén. [more]


Björn Hettne

Detta måste göras

Argument för en världsordning

Vedergällningen kom och världen möbleras om inför våra ögon. Det finns gott om ansatser och ambitioner nu. Men vilka är genuina och vilka är falska? Björn Hettne, professor i freds- och utvecklingsforskning, argumenterar här för den enda världsordning han tror kan få världssamhället på fötter igen - äkta multilateralism. [more]


Magnus Linton

Radikala européers historiska ansvar

Magnus Linton läser en lysande bok om krig. Det militära och de andra. [more]


Mary Kaldor

Slutet för nationalmyten

Global politik viktigare nu än någonsin

Talibanregimen föll. Och visst kan det vara en fungerande strategi att ösa in pengar i repressiva stater och döda redan kända terrorister - i några år. Men om USA fortsätter att agera som en nationalstat är framtiden sannerligen dyster. En genuin global politik är nu inte bara önskvärd i sig, utan helt avgörande för fred, skriver Mary Kaldor. [more]


Per Wirtén

Världspolitik utan världsregering

Det finns en del radikala tankar om europeisk demokrati efter att nationalstaten tappat greppet. Per Wirtén sorterar och diskuterar de starka viljor som just nu florerar på kontinenten - och i Sverige. [more]


Håkan Thörn

Göteborg - New York tur/retur

Rörelser i världssamhället

En del människor binder via sina kringflackande liv ihop sociala rörelser. Kampen mot kolonialismen, 60-talets kampanjer mot apartheid, dagens globaliseringskritiska rörelse - allt är länkat i både tid och rum skriver Håkan Thörn och berättar en ny historia om politisk och kulturell globalisering. [more]


Magnus Linton

Attac - murbräcka i svensk EU-debatt?

Svensk vänster är fortfarande starkt präglad av EU-motstånd. Vänsterpartiet och miljöpartiet vill lämna unionen. Andra radikala röster ser EU som politikens nya hopp. Attacs oerhörda framgångar kommer stärka en av dessa sidor. Frågan är vilken. [more]


Jürgen Habermas

Därför behöver Europa en författning

EU är förlamat. Gång på gång bromsas unionen av att medlemsländer bedriver politiskt spel med projektets konstitutionella knepigheter. Några tunga politiker har tagit till orda för att råda bot - Joschka Fischer, Gerhard Schröder, Lionel Jospin. I en ny essä argumenterar den politiske filosofen Jürgen Habermas i ett kontroversiellt ärende: en författning för Europa. [more]



Focal points     click for 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]

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]

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]

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]

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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 will frame the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The conference will take place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk thus linking contemporary debates 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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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]

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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]

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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]

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

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