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25.05.2016
Seyla Benhabib

Critique of humanitarian reason

Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. [Estonian version added] [ more ]

24.05.2016
Martha Albertson Fineman, Mirjam Katzin

The human condition

24.05.2016
Camille Robcis, Aro Velmet

Universalist politics and its crises

20.05.2016
Robin Detje

Impertinence, beauty, opposition

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18.05.2016
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Stand fast and hold firm

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04.05.2016
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20.04.2016
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Andrei Plesu

The art of aging in Christian life

One almost wonders what Christianity has added to Roman writers' reflections on old age, writes Andrei Plesu. The answer: a much greater emphasis on transcendence. But how might the dimension of transcendence contribute to a better understanding and use of old age? [more]

01.03.2016


Yudit Kiss

What pushes eastern Europe's Roma to the West?

One of the highlights of Hungary's EU presidency was the launching of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. But a closer look at the situation of the Hungarian Roma provides an alarming picture, writes Yudit Kiss. And more than sufficient reason to head westwards. [Romanian version added] [more]

19.03.2014


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]

04.03.2014


Ivan Krastev

The transparency delusion

Disillusionment with democracy founded on mistrust of business and political elites has prompted a popular obsession with transparency. But the management of mistrust cannot remedy voters' loss of power and may spell the end for democratic reform. [more]

02.06.2014


Roger Scruton

Unreal estate

Freemarket disregard for the elementary moral truths of debt and obligation is to blame for the current crisis, says Roger Scruton. But the call for a return to economic morality is no endorsement of the financial fictions of the social democratic state. [more]

10.11.2011


Ovidiu Nahoi

War in Europe? Not so impossible

The dark warnings of the Polish finance minister about the prospect of war in Europe if the crisis deepens were met with scepticism. But there is no call for complacency about where current, nationalist tendencies might lead, writes the editor of "Adevarul Europa". [more]

21.12.2012


Ivan Krastev

Democratic, can travel

The Russian regime's abandonment of the ideology of public interest prevents it being measured against its own standards, while its policy of open borders diffuses protest from a dissatisfied middle class. Ivan Krastev on reasons for authoritarianism's tenacity. [Hungarian version added] [more]

08.02.2013


Ivan Krastev, Gleb Pavlovsky, Tatiana Zhurzhenko

The politics of no alternatives

An interview with Gleb Pavlovsky

Gleb Pavlovsky, erstwhile political advisor to Vladimir Putin, whose election campaigns he masterminded in 2000 and 2004, talks to "Transit" about the workings of power in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet Russia. [more]

11.02.2013


Remi Nilsen

The literal metaphors of a terrorist

Is there something extreme in Norwegian society? asks Remi Nilsen, editor of the Norwegian edition of "Le Monde diplomatique" after the tragedy in Oslo. Anders Behring Breivik's writings are not the wild fabulations of a madman. We have heard it all before. [more]

19.09.2011


Knut Olav Ĺmĺs

More debate, not less

"More debate" and "more democracy" has been the quiet call of defiance after the terror attacks in Norway. A good idea, says Knut Olav Ĺmĺs, culture and op-ed editor at "Aftenposten" -- but one that also brings discomfort. Conflicts in society must remain visible. [more]

19.09.2011


Kenan Malik

The tragic ironies of Breivik's terror

The irony is not just that Breivik's hatred of Islam should lead to a horror that many took to be Islamic, but also that nothing so resembles Breivik's mindset as that of an Islamist jihadist, writes Kenan Malik. Both use the language of the "clash of civilizations" to justify their atrocities. [more]

19.09.2011


Daniel Daianu

Markets and society

When high finance cripples the economy and corrodes democracy

The current financial crisis is not confined to economies, writes former Romanian finance minister Daniel Daianu. The erosion of the middle class, the spread of extremism and the threat to democracy are some of the more obvious social effects demanding attention. [more]

03.02.2012


Slavenka Drakulic

Who created Ratko Mladic?

What remains after a war criminal has been sent to The Hague

When Ratko Mladic asks who it was who voted for Milosevic, he has a point, comments Slavenka Drakulic. Will trading off Mladic for the EU allow Serbs to avoid the question of collective responsibility? [more]

29.06.2011


Gabriel Liiceanu, Herta Müller

When personal integrity is not enough

Herta Müller and Gabriel Liiceanu discuss language and dissidence

Talking to the philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu in Bucharest in October 2010, the novelist Herta Müller defended her often unpopular view that the preservation of personal intellectual integrity alone was inadequate as a form of political resistance during communism. [more]

26.05.2011


Adam Michnik, Andrei Plesu

The logic of accusation has no end

Adam Michnik and Andrei Plesu discuss "resistance through culture"

For Adam Michnik, resistance to communism took many forms: reproaching another for their lack of heroism is impossible. Talking to Andrei Plesu in Bucharest in February 2011, he called for an end to the logic of accusation and warned against instrumentalizing the quarrel with communism. [more]

25.05.2011


George Blecher

Whispering on paper

Email, text messaging and social networks have revolutionized the way we communicate. Yet as the magic of instantaneity fades, George Blecher begins to miss some good old-fashioned penmanship. [more]

24.05.2011


Ghania Mouffok

Algeria: A country in search of its movement

A brief account of the Years of Fire

In Algeria, the uprising is being kept down by political propaganda and police brutality. Ghania Mouffok describes the deep anger of a population that has been living under a state of emergency since 1992, asking whether the street can join with the liberal elite to depose the corrupt and complacent government. [more]

05.10.2011


Cristian Ghinea, Zoltán Pogátsa

What kind of capitalism for eastern Europe?

Deficits are the result of unsustainable processes, says political economist Zoltán Pogátsa in interview. Merely cutting expenditure leads to general decline: eastern European countries instead need to review the functioning of the state and its subsystems. [more]

12.01.2011


Jacques Rupnik

The crisis and the end of liberalism in central Europe

Even as the state took over large portions of the private banking sector in the US and UK, politicians in central Europe were singing the praises of Anglo-Saxon market liberalism. They are the last orphans of Bush and Cheney, writes Jacques Rupnik. [more]

16.03.2011


Valeriu Nicolae

On France, Gobineau, colonialism and the Roma

Attempts by successive French governments to deal with Roma migrants smacks of colonial racism, argues Valeriu Nicolae. Deportation will not solve anything; the problems that exist in Roma settlements are the result of decades of indifference. [more]

12.10.2010


Olivier Peyroux

The Roma: A new political weapon?

The notion that cultural difference is to blame for the marginalization of the Roma is a myth, writes Olivier Peyroux. Lack of public awareness of successful Roma integration compounds their permanent pariah status. [more]

12.10.2010


Cristian Ghinea, Constantin Vica

The digital Pharmakon

What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary self-revelation online? Is the regulation of Internet privacy a matter for the state, or must the web community negotiate its own privacy norms and strategies? A conversation between a connoisseur and a neophyte. [more]

08.10.2010


Boyan Manchev

The metaseminar

Theses on education and the experience of critical thought

The Bologna reforms embody a narrowly utilitarian turn in higher education policy and are more a cause for concern than for celebration. A critique of the pragmatic reduction of knowledge and plea for the university as "locus of the unconditionally political". [more]

13.08.2010


Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Lyudmila Ulitskaya

"The most important thing here is self-discipline..."

The Khodorkovsky-Ulitskaya correspondence

"Looking for loopholes in the law and exploiting them - this was the most that we allowed ourselves. And we got our kicks from showing the government the mistakes it had made in legislation." Mikhail Khodorkovsky confides in novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya. [more]

11.08.2010


László Rajk, Martin M. Simecka

Dilemma '89: My father was a communist

Two sons of well-known persecuted communists discuss the still unanswered questions surrounding the involvement of their fathers' generation in post-war communism, and the failings of today's debate about the past in the former communist countries. [more]

14.03.2011


Kenan Malik

How to become a real Muslim

The media has colluded with self-promoting but marginal Muslim clerics to create a cycle of self-reinforcing myths around the Mohammed cartoons. The fear of causing offence undermines progressive trends in Islam and strengthens the hand of religious bigots. [more]

16.11.2010


Ioana Bot

European university reform

Ten propositions in search of an answer

What in the US has been a tradition of collaboration between universities and prosperous private business, in Europe risks turning into an acceptance of the dictates of the economy. On the "entrepreneurial university" and other myths of Bologna. [more]

15.11.2010


Corneliu Balan

Romania: Bologna versus entrenched interests

Critique of Bologna in Romania is a pretext for academic complacency and professional self-preservation, writes Corneliu Balan. The problem is not the Bologna system as such but the subordination of education to political interests and the privatization of the universities. [more]

01.07.2010


Slavenka Drakulic

Why I have not returned to Belgrade

Is it to spare her emotions that Slavenka Drakulic has not returned to Belgrade since the wars? She doesn't think so. Instead, her reasons have to do with the silence and denial of so much of Serbian society, and with a youth that is failing to ask the right questions. [more]

25.06.2010


Slavenka Drakulic

Tito between legend and thriller

A museum to Tito at his one-time summer residence glorifying the Yugoslav dictator is in stark contrast to a damning new biography, finds Slavenka Drakulic. Yet between the two extremes is an absence of objective history-writing in the former Yugoslavia. [more]

03.12.2009


Christian Lequesne

The dissident generation, the European idea and transatlantic divergence

In the former satellite states, the legacy of '89 includes a hawkish Atlanticism that endures to the present, writes Christian Lequesne. The recent open letter to President Obama signed by Walesa, Havel and other luminaries speaks of a fading relationship. [more]

03.12.2009


Miklós Haraszti

In God's name

A new UN proposal condemning "defamation of religion" cements oppressive governments' control of free speech while still sounding compatible with the advanced multiculturalism of liberal democracies, writes Miklós Haraszti. [more]

26.11.2009


Martin M. Simecka

Still not free

Why post-'89 history must go beyond self-diagnosis

The dissident generation of the 1970s and 1980s produced a body of work unprecedented in Czech history, says Martin Simecka. Yet it is precisely the monumentality of this generation's legacy that prevents the interpretation of the communist past going beyond self-diagnosis. [more]

07.04.2010


Agnes Heller

Twenty years on

"In opposition, they do not comport themselves as the opposition to a democratically elected government. When they become the governing party, they pursue the same paternalistic, populist game." Agnes Heller's indictment of Hungarian politicians twenty years after 1989. [more]

17.09.2009


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]

25.06.2012


Andrei Plesu

The Left treading on the Right

"The Left is impudent, cheeky," writes Romanian philosopher Andrei Plesu in "Dilema veche". "It hides the Gulag behind a veil of 'historical necessity'." A provocative statement that has prompted a response from the Hungarian political scientist G.M. Tamás. [more]

16.06.2009


G.M. Tamás

A response to Andrei Plesu

"Undoubtedly, leftwingers exist who can find excuses for the Soviet penal universe. But I don't regularly discuss matters with them". G.M. Tamás responds to Andrei Plesu's assertion that "The Left [...] hides the Gulag behind a veil of 'historical necessity'." [more]

16.06.2009


Andrei Plesu

Some comments to G.M. Tamás

"Undoubtedly, leftwingers exist who can find excuses for the Soviet penal universe. But I don't regularly discuss matters with them". Thus responded G.M. Tamás to Andrei Plesu's assertion that "The Left [...] hides the Gulag behind a veil of 'historical necessity'." Plesu adds a concluding comment. [more]

16.06.2009


Daniel Daianu

For a return to common sense

The Romanian MEP criticizes neoliberal development policies divorced from "concrete local conditions" and instead pleads for market reforms that, while stimulating growth in poorer countries, are implemented "pragmatically". [more]

27.03.2009


Jerry Coyne, Steve Jones, James Randerson, John von Wyhe

Dinner with Darwin

On the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of "The Origin of Species", "New Humanist" editor Caspar Melville asks a selection of scientific commentators what they'd like to say to Darwin around the supper table. [more]

25.03.2009


Ioana Avadani

Hey Jude

Media self-regulation in Romania

Media self-regulation has many advantages over the more intrusive forms of state legislation, argues Ioana Avadani. Not only would it help raise professional standards in Romania, it might create greater responsibility towards the public that now trust journalists so implicitly. [more]

20.03.2009


Mircea Vasilescu

Romania: The quality of the press and the quality press

The more that the Romanian press professionalizes, the more it is discovering the conflict between editorial content and market demands, writes "Dilema Veche" editor Mircea Vasilescu. [more]

20.03.2009


Mircea Vasilescu

Fragile new Europe

Despite talk of a "unified European plan" to combat recession, the motto among EU member states seems to be "each to his own". The financial crisis is reimposing the divide between eastern and western Europe, writes Mircea Vasilescu. [more]

17.11.2008


 

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