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Shalini Randeria, Anna Wójcik

Mobilizing law for solidarity

An interview with Shalini Randeria

Legal transnationalization takes place at different paces, setting human rights against trade and property protections, argues social anthropologist Shalini Randeria. The instrumentalization of solidarity by nascent ethno-nationalism must be resisted at the political not the legal level. [ more ]

Ira Katznelson, Agnieszka Rosner

Solidarity after Machiavelli

Camille Leprince, Lynn SK

Portraits of three women...

Ilaria Morani

Street art, power and patronage

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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.

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The ordinary state of emergency

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Achim Engelberg

Caught in the geopolitical crossfire

Ukraine and the new Cold War

The new Cold War is a dead end in the labyrinth of world history, writes Achim Engelberg. It cannot resolve current contradictions in Russia, Ukraine or elsewhere. So what are the alternatives for upholding democracy, an independent Ukraine and peace in Europe? [German version added] [more]


Jürgen Habermas

For a democratic polarization

An interview with Jürgen Habermas

Accommodate or confront? Either reaction to rightwing populism allows it to set the political agenda, argues Jürgen Habermas in interview. The Left must regain the initiative and offer a credible response the destructive forces of unbridled capitalism. [more]


Julia Macher

Pact of silence

Memory, politics and the Spanish Civil War

Today, Spain is as far from coming to terms with the events of the Spanish Civil War as with the ensuing dictatorship that only ended with Franco's death in 1975. Julia Macher outlines the resulting political divides and how they sustain the turbulence around post-Francoist democracy. [more]


Ulrike Guérot

The failure of the political centre ground

The EU and the rise of right-wing populism

There is a no-man's-land between European post-democracy and national democracy that largely consists of grand coalitions of the political centre. It is here that European populism is flourishing and will continue to do so. [Estonian version added] [more]


Steffen Vogel

Nuit debout: Renaissance of the French Left?

Amid the inner turmoil of France's socialists, Steffen Vogel asks: could the Nuit debout movement signal the renaissance of the French Left; or even a broader cultural turn altogether? Since emerging in Paris in early 2016, the movement was quick to go nationwide. [more]


Steffen Vogel

The nationalistic blockade

European Union in "polycrisis"

Following the EU-Turkey deal over the refugee crisis, Steffen Vogel calls for an end to national egoisms in Europe. Then a proper long-term, transnational solution might be found instead; a similar approach wouldn't go amiss in solving Greece's financial troubles either. [more]


Daniel Leisegang

Facebook rescues the world

In Facebook's recent efforts to corner the Indian market, Daniel Leisegang discerns a new digital colonialism. Where yesterday's colonizers offered glass beads in exchange for gold, today's offer free but radically restricted Internet access in return for the data of the (unwitting) masses. [more]


Arjun Appadurai

Aspirational maps

On migrant narratives and imagined future citizenship

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]


Albrecht von Lucke

The state powerless, integration doomed

First there was silence, then an explosion of rhetoric concerning events in central Cologne on New Year's Eve. Could this signal the failure of the liberal, tolerant state, as the anti-European Right insist? Ahead of the EU summit in mid-February, Albrecht von Lucke says it doesn't have to. [more]


Christian Mihatsch, Benjamin von Brackel

Paris 2015: The fateful conference

Worldwide renewable energy capacity is growing fast, as associated costs sink. But can this month's UN climate conference keep pace with developments in the real world? Benjamin von Brackel and Christian Mihatsch see Paris as the last chance for climate diplomacy to succeed. [more]


Julia Macher

Catalan impasse

The dream of independence has mobilized a growing proportion of Catalonia's population over the past five years. But when it comes to concrete details as to how to realize the dream, writes Julia Macher, ideological rifts soon become apparent. [more]


Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Claus Leggewie

We will do this!

Integration as a challenge

Attempts to deter migration have completely failed. The notion that hundreds of thousands of people who've recently arrived in Germany can simply be repatriated is a sheer illusion. Integration is now the country's central task, say Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Claus Leggewie. [more]


Marei Pelzer

The refugee crisis that needn't have been

The case of Germany

Germany has pledged an extra six billion euros to provide for the greatest influx of refugees into the country since World War II. For many critics, the pledge will have come not a moment too soon. German jurist Marei Pelzer suspects that the current state of emergency could have been avoided. [more]


Steffen Vogel

Grexit prevented, Europe irrevocably torn?

The severity of Germany's approach to July's Euro-Summit, writes Steffen Vogel, has intensified the conflict between northern and southern Europe. Given Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble's chosen strategy, the centrifugal forces within the Union are only likely to grow stronger. [more]


Jürgen Zimmerer

Humboldt Forum: Colonial amnesia

The reconstruction of Berlin Palace is due to complete in 2019 at a cost of around 600 million euros. A former residence of German Emperors, the Palace is to house anthropological collections. But, asks Jürgen Zimmerer, where's the project's sense of colonial history? [more]


Steffen Vogel

Grexit: Failure of the European idea

Even if a majority of German business leaders look upon a Grexit as a favourable option, writes Steffen Vogel, the political price of a Grexit cannot be underestimated. A Grexit would be nothing short of an act of desperation by political elites either unable, or unwilling, to find an alternative solution. [more]


David Begrich

Tröglitz, and the spread of pragmatic racism

The case of an independent mayor requiring police protection, after he offered accommodation to refugees in his community, made national headlines in Germany. David Begrich condemns the discrepancy between numerous local initiatives to help refugees, and the dearth of wider public support. [more]


Eric Bonse

German Europe's ascendancy

German dominance of the European Union's upper echelons has never been greater, writes Eric Bonse. All EU actors are, for now, the pawns of a "German Europe" that is stronger, and yet more vulnerable, than ever before. [English version added] [more]


Michael R. Krätke

Greek trial of stength

Either European social democrats show solidarity for Syriza's bid to end austerity, writes Michael R. Krätke, or they stick with the pig-headed ideologues of austerity and drive the European project deeper and deeper into the mud; a scenario that won't get any prettier in the event of a Grexit. [more]


Peter Schaar

Privacy as a human right

Edward Snowden and the control of power

The Snowden revelations revealed just how far some states had departed from the guarantees of privacy enshrined in the human and civil rights agreements of the post-war era. The European Union must take the lead in setting enforceable data protection standards internationally, writes Peter Schaar. [more]


Daniel Leisegang

Double standards prevail

In Germany there has been heavy public criticism of the NSA. Yet the German government has failed to investigate the affair and has been quick to demand greater surveillance powers after the Paris attacks, writes Daniel Leisegang of "Blätter". [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

Terror and Pegida

Even as counter-demonstrations begin to outnumber the participants in weekly Pegida marches, Albrecht von Lucke expresses alarm at the fragile political landscape that has allowed the movement to emerge. Prolonged social and political alienation has taken on an ugly new quality. [more]


Markus Beckedahl, Geraldine de Bastion

For a digital civil rights movement

The lobbying resources of large Internet corporations vastly outweigh the entire resources of organizations campaigning for digital civil rights. Much more must be done, argue Geraldine de Bastion and Markus Beckedahl, to avert the slide toward a new form of totalitarian state surveillance. [more]


Elmar Altvater

Controlling the future

Edward Snowden and the Anthropocene

The worldwide spying operation is about more than security and counter-terrorism; rather, it is a part of a broader strategy aimed at controlling global information, writes political scientist Elmar Altvater. Opposition needs to grasp the geological significance of the planetary data theft. [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

The spirit of '89

The democratic promise made on 9 November 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, has never seemed further from being fulfilled globally than today. Albrecht von Lucke concludes that, tragically, it's as if the brutality of the Tiannanmen Square massacre on 4 June set the tone for what followed. [more]


Ulrich Brand

Degrowth: Birth of a movement?

Can the concept of degrowth really support the good life? Or will it remain a radical but politically inconsequential gesture of the ecolibertarian middle class? Political economist Ulrich Brand assesses whether or not the idea's time has come. [more]


Martina Mauer

Bayern, Berlin, Brussels

The long march of the refugees

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]


Albrecht von Lucke

Europe and the rightist temptation

Will general disinterest in the European elections pave the way for the radical Right to the European Parliament? Albrecht von Lucke looks beyond received but misleading notions of an enlightened EU, to the reality of actually existing European democracy. [more]


Karin Priester

Governance in Europe

On the way to post-democracy?

The European Union's authoritarian tendencies are now such that democracy seems to imply the governance of organizations, by organizations, for organizations. Karin Priester asks what is to be done under a European democracy in which the demos scarcely features at all. [more]


Barbara Unmüßig

Three years "Arabellion": A women's spring?

Shortly after Tunisia enshrines gender equality into its constitution, Barbara Unmüßig surveys the situation of women in the countries where the Arab Spring began to play out three years ago. Self-organization, the role of Islam in society and sexual violence all remain key concerns. [more]


Michael R. Krätke

TAFTA: Capital against the rest of the world

The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement is currently being negotiated between the US and the EU, behind the scenes and at great haste. If put into effect, it will create the largest free trade zone worldwide. Yet the benefits to Europe are dubious, writes Michael Krätke. [more]


Siegfried Knittel

Asia-Pacific: To oppose or appease China?

APEC and ASEAN annual meetings went ahead in October without Barak Obama, due to the US government shutdown -- to China's advantage. But Siegfried Knittel still foresees the possibility of a balance of power in East Asia akin to Metternich's in Europe after the Napoleonic wars. [more]


Gesa Heinbach

Lampedusa: Europe's disgrace

Following the latest in a series of shipwrecks of vessels carrying refugees off the coast of Lampedusa, Gesa Heinbach slams the cynicism with which associated news stories and pictures are incorporated into the European migration regime and its targeted logic of deterrence. [more]


Michael Lüders

Syrian turning point?

The peaceful protests shot down by Assad's army and secret services have long since given way to a battle for basic survival. However, Michael Lüders considers whether the latest agreement on chemical weapons might just signal a turn in an all too familiar narrative of might over right. [more]


Andreas Fisahn

Four years Merkel, four years eurocrisis

The German government's neoliberal route to a competitive Europe, together with Brussels' authoritarian governance of the economy, seems to have won acceptance: to Europe's detriment. Andreas Fisahn says it's high time to revise the Treaties of the European Union. [Romanian version added] [more]


Ralf Fücks

The green revolution

Eco-Biedermeier vs ecological modernity

Proponents of a post-growth society are mistaken: the planet's future does not rest on the question of if, but how the global economy will grow. Ralf Fücks on why the limits-to-growth discourse mustn't get in the way of a new, green industrial revolution founded on innovation. [more]


Dilek Zaptcioglu

A new way for Turkish democracy

The protests of a new generation in Turkey constitute a turning point in contemporary Turkish history and a great ray of hope, writes historian and journalist Dilek Zaptcioglu. At long last, a third way has opened between Islamic and Kemalist groupings, and it leads to liberal democratic values. [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

Healing confusion

The euro, the Left Party and Alternative for Germany

Both the Left and the Right in Germany have so far failed to deal convincingly with the eurocrisis. But if only the rich citizens of reeling southern member states would bear their fair share of the burden, Albrecht von Lucke argues, the northern countries may well follow suit. [Italian version added] [more]


Daniel Leisegang

Fatal embrace

After Amazon coming under fire for the treatment of its pickers and packers in Germany, "Blätter" editor Daniel Leisegang finds that competitors are also suffering at the hands of the world's largest online retailer, whose aggressive high-growth strategy he compares to a fatal embrace. [more]


Robert Hodonyi, Helga Trüpel

Together against Orbán: Hungary's new opposition

Amid international concern over government reforms that endanger democracy in Hungary, Hodonyi and Trüpel discover a political renaissance in Hungarian civil society. Ahead of elections in spring 2014, this may well be an antidote to the EU's "political half-heartedness". [more]


Claus Offe

Europe entrapped

Claus Offe opts for democracy over the logic of no alternative and a politics that fails to provide the electorate with choices. For therein lies the trap. Only more solidarity and more democracy can rescue the eurozone from the brink of collapse. [Polish version added] [more]


Sabine Nuss

Contested copyright

Underlying the debate on intellectual property is an ideological faultline between capitalist models and alternatives, writes Sabine Nuss. Although a property approach to intellectual goods has major disadvantages it remains the lesser of many evils. [Ukrainian version added] [more]


Stephen Holmes

Goodbye future?

Structural problems in conventional democracies are alienating citizens worldwide, writes Stephen Holmes. Political marketing, cross-party compromise and elite withdrawal threaten to rob democracy of its original role as instrument of justice. [Russian version added] [more]


Michael Oswald

Greece and the rise of the far-Right

Are we seeing a repeat of Weimar Republic-type politics in Greece? Antonis Samaras' recent warning isn't to be dismissed, argues Michael Oswald: before the crisis, racist attacks on immigrants were one-off incidents; but in the last six months, there have been over 500. [more]


Daniel Leisegang

"The real problem is not the recession"

Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Germany

As an independent, self-financing publication, "Blätter" is a relative exception in the journals field. So far, it has not felt the impact of recession; rather, the big challenges lie in generating demand for political content and keeping pace with media change. [more]


Michael R. Krätke

Europe at the crossroads?

The revolt in the eurozone against austerity has begun, writes Michael Krätke. To explain the global financial crisis as a "crisis of national debt" is to confuse cause and effect, he argues. By now even IMF economists make fun of this quirk of the German mainstream. [more]


Hauke Brunkhorst

Collective Bonapartism?

Democracy in the European crisis

Europe's democratic deficit is not inherent to its constitutional definition, argues Hauke Brunkhorst, rather a result of the chasm between political control and economic governance, instituted by ordoliberals and widened further by their neoliberal successors. [more]


Katajun Amirpur

Islam and democracy

The history of an approximation

In Iran, official revolutionary dogma has obliged "post-Islamist" philosophers to think long and hard about Islam's compatibility with democracy. Katajun Amirpur puts contemporary Iranian thinking on religion and politics in the context of Khomeini-era anti-westernism. [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

Sovereign without the people: The putsch of the markets

"Sovereign is he who decides on the state of exception," wrote Carl Schmitt. The extent of the losses suffered by democratic sovereignty during the euro crisis is illustrated by the unelected "expert governments" of Italy and Greece, writes Albrecht von Lucke. [more]


Lucas Zeise

Bank bail-out as a farce

Of all the absurdities in the latest banking rescue package, writes Lucas Zeise, the greatest is that the banks are being rescued at all. Widespread disbelief in governments and banks condemns the carefully constructed rescue structure to farcial failure. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Sea and sun for Europe

A new project for the next generation

Democratic upsurge in North Africa can combine with the energy revolution to revive the European project. Two-way developmental traffic across the Mediterranean would leave new generations in both North and South with fair chances of a good life. [more]


Ulrich Beck

Cooperate or bust

The existential crisis of the European Union

The critique that Europe lacks representative legitimacy may well be correct, argues Ulrich Beck, but not when based on the principle of "no nation, no democracy". Cosmopolitanization demands post-national approaches to democratic accountability in Europe. [more]


Christian Calliess, Henrik Enderlein, Joschka Fischer, Ulrike Guérot, Jürgen Habermas

Europe and the "new German question"

Political elites are not delivering Europe to its citizens, says Jürgen Habermas in a panel discussion on the renationalization of Europe. Is Germany's perceived withdrawal from the common European project at the heart of the current crisis? [more]


Vanessa Brandes

Literary demarcations

German writers and the construction of the Berlin Wall

With the construction of the Berlin Wall on 13 August 1961, the divide between East and West Germany reached its height. Vanessa Brandes looks at how young German writers of the time, including Enzensberger, Wolf, Johnson and Grass, saw the political divisions. [more]


Daniela Dahn

Nuisance factor Gaddafi

Fear of appearing to sympathize with Gaddafi is preventing protest against the Nato war in Libya, writes Daniela Dahn. Beware of disinformation, she warns: experience of past revolutionary upheavals, 1989 included, shows that capitalist interests are never far behind. [more]


Ulrike Guérot

Which Germany does Europe need?

Euro-scepticism is rampant in the country formerly the driving force of European integration. In order to bring Germany back onside and prevent it feeling exploited, other big EU-states must take a more proactive role in European decision making, writes Ulrike Guérot. [more]


Seyla Benhabib

The Arab Spring

Religion, revolution and the public sphere

What has emerged in the Arab world is a thoroughly modern mass democratic movement, writes Seyla Benhabib. Speculations that Islamic fundamentalists will hijack the transformation process forget the contentiousness at the historical core of western democracies. [more]


Hermann Scheer

Nuclear exit now: The time is ripe

The new respectability of renewable energy should not obscure the fact that spending on conventional sources is increasing worldwide, writes Hermann Scheer. Nowhere is the pseudo-consensus on the energy switchover exposed more clearly than in ongoing investment in nuclear power. [more]


Mohammed Bamyeh

Egyptian transformations

Sociologist Mohammed Bamyeh was present at Tahrir Square throughout the Egyptian Revolution and was able to see the popular political will unfolding. Here he singles out key elements in the uprising and describes the social transformations they have brought about. [more]


Michael R. Krätke

Misnomer Euro-crisis

The common "economic governance" being mooted in Berlin and Brussels indeed needs to happen, writes Michael Krätke. The crucial question, however, is what kind of policy the EU would operate. One thing is sure: the neoliberal course taken until now is unsustainable. [more]


Robert Misik

World improvement reloaded

Why being on the Left means being progressive

Among the most fatal aberrations of recent decades is that free-market liberals have assumed the mantle of economic competence, argues Robert Misik. The Left needs to go on the offensive and prove that egalitarian economies are also stronger and more productive. [more]


Daniel Leisegang

Culture flat-rate: The new social contract

A "culture flat-rate" charged to all Internet users would reconcile the interests of copyright-holders and consumers, argues Daniel Leisegang. In the music branch, a reform of the copyright system would de-criminalize file-sharers and return autonomy to artists. [more]


Norbert Frei, Annette Weinke

Why the "mummies" are getting lonely

The end of the legend of the "upright" German foreign ministry

The clean image of the German foreign ministry during the Nazi era has been shattered by revelations contained in a recent study, whose loud public echo is not solely due to a controversial evaluation of historical events and ministerial customs. [more]


Tim Engartner

Stuttgart 21: Back to the future

Plans to convert Stuttgart's rail terminus into an underground through-station have met with massive resistance. Supporters of the prestige project argue that there is no alternative to "modernization"; yet critics point to exorbitant costs, misguided rail policy and misuse of public funds. [more]


Bernard Schmid

Sarkozy the firebrand

The high-profile deportation of Roma migrants was the prelude to a larger law-and-order campaign by the French government aimed at recapturing the rightwing vote and diverting attention from the Bettencourt scandal, writes Bernard Schmid. [more]


Richard Münch

Bologna, or The capitalization of education

The German protests against the Bologna Process are the last opposition to what amounts to a cultural revolution, writes Richard Münch. The result of the exposure of German universities to purely economic demands will be an increasing hierarchization of educational institutions. [Spanish version added] [more]


Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling

The emancipation of African football

From colonialism to the World Cup 2010

The hopes for African footballing success raised by Cameroon's performance in the 1990 World Cup have yet to be fulfilled. However African football has long since stepped out of the shadow of its colonial origins. All that remains is for an African nation to capture football's most coveted trophy. [more]


Sarah Ernst

Iceland: Stone broke wonderland

Overshadowed by volcanic ash, Iceland's economic condition has not changed for the better since the March referendum. As punishment for Iceland's insubordination, the 2.1 million dollar aid package has yet to find its way up north, and neither can Iceland count on help from Brussels in its negotiations with the IMF. [more]


Geraldine de Bastion

Africa's blogosphere

Africa's blogger community is still in its infancy, but it has already demonstrated its importance in mobilizing opinion in Kenya and Nigeria and promises to be a significant player in the fight for democracy and free expression across the continent. [more]


Ralf Bendrath

Digital civil rights: From Karlsruhe to Brussels

The overturning of the EU Data Retention Directive by the German Constitutional Court provides the impetus for a Europeanization of the data privacy campaign. The biggest challenge for the new civil rights movement is to create public awareness of the problem in individual EU countries. [more]


Christine Wicht

More security at any price

The Stockholm Programme of the European Union

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]


Lucas Zeise

Banking regulation? Malfunction!

The few regulatory measures introduced since the financial collapse are being supervised by the same banking sector that caused it in the first place, writes Lucas Zeise. Governments' delegation of regulatory responsibilities has deeply negative implications for democracy. [more]


Rudolf Walther

Swiss self-defeatism

The Swiss vote to ban minarets has less to do with a "populist factor" inherent in referenda than with resentment at high-level corruption and the fear of social declassification. Celebrated by rightwing parties across Europe, the vote augurs more Islam-baiting to come. [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

Propaganda of inequality

In a row over integration, prominent German intellectuals have supported elitist and determinist positions. All part of a campaign by "neo-Nietzscheans" to create acceptance of social inequality, writes Albrecht von Lucke. [more]


Heribert Prantl

Are newspapers still relevant?

It is not the Internet that is responsible for the "crisis of the press", but subordination of journalism to the market, writes the political editor of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". For the first time since 1945, German journalism risks becoming trivialized. [more]


Daniel Leisegang

The future of knowledge

The Bibliothèque National de France is the latest library to strike a deal with Google Books. Despite what amounts to Google's worldwide monopoly on information, the EU continues to support such private-public partnerships. Time for alternative structures, writes Daniel Leisegang. [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

More experiments!

Camouflaged behind the "politainment", the CDU and FDP are promising the same neoliberal tax cuts that were among the causes of the financial crisis, writes Albrecht von Lucke. No wonder they have avoided mentioning concrete policy in their election campaigns. [more]


Heike Moldenhauer

The threat of green gene technology

Six EU countries have banned the cultivation of the genetically modified corn MON 810. The ban is a rebuff to the hopes of the agro-chemical multinationals to dominate one of the world's most important agricultural markets. [more]


Seyla Benhabib

Cosmopolitanism and democracy

From Kant to Habermas

Justice within and justice beyond borders is increasingly interconnected, writes Seyla Benhabib. In the cosmopolitanism of Jürgen Habermas, who turns eighty on 18 June, "the will to include the Other, regardless of national origin, has been present from the start". [more]


Albrecht von Lucke

Failing all the way to the top

On the career of German Federal President Horst Köhler

Horst Köhler, who has just been re-elected Federal German President, has recently publicly condemned the excesses of capitalism. This apparent gesture of self-critique was nothing other than an attempt at self-exculpation, writes Albrecht von Lucke. [more]


Claus Leggewie

Battlefield Europe

Transnational commemoration and European identity

A pan-European memory cannot be reduced to the Holocaust and the Gulag alone, no matter how central these are, and must be able to compare memories without offsetting each against the other. On the "concentric circles" of European memory. [more]


Andreas Buro, Martin Singe

Expansion and escalation

60 years Nato

On the sixtieth anniversary of Nato, Andreas Buro and Martin Singe take a hard line against the military alliance: "As an instrument of capitalist expansion, Nato will go on contributing to the destruction of human livelihood." [more]


Alexandra Scheele

What is the gender of the economic crisis?

The stimulus packages now put into action are in no way gender equitable, argues Alexandra Scheele. On the contrary, they are based on a gender-political conservatism characterized by a concentration on the concept of the male breadwinner. [more]


Andreas Fisahn, Lars Niggemayer

EU law as brake

The foreseeable failure of financial market regulation

The role of EU law in hindering financial regulation is rarely analysed. Andreas Fisahn and Lars Niggemeyer argue that European states are captive to their own legal contracts, preventing a departure from the neoliberal path. [more]


Franz-Josef Hutter, Carsten Kimmle

An unfulfilled promise

Sixty years Universal Declaration of Human Rights

While there has been considerable progress in standardization and institution building in the field of human rights, articles of the UDHR are still violated around the world almost every day. [more]


Heiner Flassbeck

Panic in the financial casino

Self-regulation by the market has turned out to be an illusion: what's needed now is more governmental regulation of financial markets along with caps on managerial salaries, writes Heiner Flassbeck. [more]


Reinhard Mutz

The end of humility

After Georgia, the Kremlin is back in the dock. Yet many western states have themselves been less than squeamish about military intervention. The West should talk more to Russia and less about it. [more]


Stefanie Ehmsen

Halfway to a half of heaven

Four decades of the new women's movement

In 1968, feminists broke onto the male-dominated German Left with a well-aimed tomato and demands for anti-authoritarian day-care centres. Forty years on, Stefanie Ehmsen reviews German feminism's march through the institutions. [more]


Jirí Dienstbier, Jirí Grusa, Lionel Jospin, Oskar Negt, Friedrich Schorlemmer

From '68 to '89

What is the meaning of '68 almost twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? In an East-West dialogue placing '68 in a European and global perspective, leading protagonists of events in eastern Europe converse with their western counterparts. [more]


Hauke Ritz

The global chessboard

The new cold war of Obama's adviser Zbigniew Brezinski

Barack Obama's main geostrategic adviser, the Cold Warrior Zbigniew Brzezinski, believes that if America is to remain a superpower, it must expand its influence in Eurasia and confront both Russia and China. [more]


Karin Priester

Right of Berlusconi

Italy's fascists, hooligans and radical Catholics

The extra-parliamentary far-Right is once again in a position to influence Italian politics. Karin Priester surveys the ideological background of the far-right spectrum in Italy and the careers of its leading figures. [more]


Eric Janszen

The next bubble

Former venture capitalist Eric Janszen analyzes the causes and consequences of speculative bubbles. After the crash of the New Economy and the so-called subprime crisis, which bubble will burst next? [more]


Jürgen Habermas

The dialectic of secularization

The opposition between "multiculturalism" and "Enlightenment fundamentalism" is misconceived, argues Jürgen Habermas. "The universalist claim of the political Enlightenment does not contradict the particularist sensibilities of a correctly understood multiculturalism." [more]


Heiner Flassbeck

Financial crisis and European ignorance

The global financial system is in deep crisis as recession dawns upon the US. Heiner Flassbeck analyzes the dangers for Europe -- and the ignorance of European economists and politicians. [more]


Vladislav Inozemtsev

The Putin regime

The managed transition from Putin to Medvedev conceals a necessary insight: that the principles of the Putin regime are fundamentally unsustainable, since they combine a nostalgic view of the past with purely cyclical economic successes. [more]


Dieter Deiseroth

Legend of legality

From the Reichstag fire to the Nazi regime

After 75 years, the death sentence of the Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe has been officially lifted. The theory of a "single perpetrator" was central in legitimizing the Nazi takeover of the German state. [more]


Daniel Leisegang

The Google empire

Internet users increasingly reveal private data on social networking platforms. Yet a great deal of information is also gathered for commercial purposes without users' consent. Google is at the forefront of the data-tracking business, writes Daniel Leisegang. [more]



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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
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]

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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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