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Résumés / Abstracts (fr) (en)

Le supplice grec
Greek agony

Habermas, le dernier philosophe

Habermas, the last philosopher
Michaël Fœssel
Une ambition philosophique par gros temps. Introduction
Upholding philosophy in troubled times. Intrudoction

1. De l'Allemagne

1. On Germany
Jürgen Habermas
Espace public et sphère publique politique
Les racines biographiques de deux thèmes de pensée
Public space and political public sphere
The biographical roots of two motifs in my thought
Jean-Marc Durand-Gasselin
La fin des mandarins allemands
The end of German mandarins
Jürgen Habermas / Michaël Fœssel
Critique et communication : les tâches de la philosophie
Entretien avec Jürgen Habermas
Criticism and communication : Philosophy's missions
Or, a lifetime in philosophical dialogue

2. Usages de la raison

2. The uses of reason
Stéphane Haber et Jean-François Kervégan
L'effet Habermas dans la philosophie française
Entretien avec Stéphane Haber et Jean-François Kervégan
The Habermas effect on French thought
An interview with Stéphane Haber et Jean-François Kervégan
Sébastien Roman
Consensus et utopie. Lecture de Habermas par Paul Ricœur
Consensus and utopia. Ricoeur's reading of Habermas
Mark Hunyadi
Les limites politiques de la philosophie sociale
The political limits of social philosophy

3. Dans l'espace public

3. In the public sphere
Dick Howard
Habermas citoyen. Les "Petits écrits politiques" du philosophe allemand
Citizen Habermas. The "Short Political Writings" of the German philosopher
Carole Desbarats
Le Labyrinthe du silence. Quand les Allemands oubliaient la Shoah. Encadré
Labyrinth of Lies. Forgetting the Shoah. Boxed item
Catherine Colliot-Thélène
La démocratie : entre libéralisme et radicalité
Democracy : Liberal and/or radical ?
Jean-Claude Monod
Que peut-on espérer du droit international ?
What hope can international law bring us ?


François Meunier
Les marchés financiers disent-ils la vérité ?
Do markets tell the truth ?
Nicolas Clément
Immigration : un faux problème ?
The false problem of immigration
Arthur Sussmann
Les hommes de la dissuasion
Who mans nuclear submarines ?
Daniel Chambet
Leonardo Sciascia. L'inquisiteur et l'hérétique
Leonardo Sciascia. The inquisitor and the heretic
Poèmes présentés par Jacques Darras
Lionel Ray. Réveil baroque sur fond de mystique nocturne
Lionel Ray. Baroque awakenings and noctural mysticism


News of the month
Olivier Passet
Tsipras, un renouveau politique ?
Tsipras, A political rebirth for Greece ?
Anne-Laure Delatte
Les failles de la gouvernance européenne
The failures of European governance
Michail Dimitrakopoulos
Une tragédie gréco-européenne
A Greco-European tragedy
Jean-Baptiste Soufron
Uber et les taxis : qui doit s'adapter ?
Uber and taxis : Who should adapt ?
Dominique Bourg
L'écologie franciscaine du pape
The Pope's Franciscan environmentalism
Louis Andrieu
L'œuvre-fleuve au cinéma
The purpose of long movies
Dick Howard
Jacob Lawrence : une autre histoire de migration
Jacob Lawrence's great migration


Jean-François Bouthors
Repère - Multiples Moïse
A multifaceted Moses


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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]

Ukraine in focus
Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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Victor Tsilonis
Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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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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Editor's choice     click for more

Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. Prior to Ukraine's presidential elections in May 2014, Timothy Snyder argued cogently as to why Ukraine has no future without Europe; and why Europe too has no future without Ukraine. [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]

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.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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