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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 ]

Martha Albertson Fineman, Mirjam Katzin

The human condition

Camille Robcis, Aro Velmet

Universalist politics and its crises

Robin Detje

Impertinence, beauty, opposition

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Stand fast and hold firm

"Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Anne Applebaum; "Osteuropa" analyses Poland's conservative revolution; "Wespennest" devotes an issue to the charismatic hormone, testosterone; "Esprit" wonders what's next after western Middle East fatigue; "Arena" asks if art is important; "Merkur" listens to echoes of Victor Hugo; and "RozRazil" goes to the pub.

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It's something new

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Leaping the boundaries

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Drastic measures

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Unholy alliances

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Simon Broughton

Plucked strings

"Söndörgö" and the lost music of the Balkans

Hungarian South Slav folk band Söndörgö's "delicate, transparent" sound derives from the tambura, a mandolin-like instrument that is plucked and strummed, and is very different to the elegiac music of Transylvanian folk, writes Simon Broughton. [more]


Mária Eckhardt

Franz Liszt 1811-1886

Franz Liszt, born 200 years ago in Hungary, lived a "trifurcated life" divided between Weimar, Rome and Budapest. On the composer's bicentenary, Mariá Eckhardt recalls the career of the only nineteenth century Hungarian musician to be recognized as among the greatest in the world. [more]


Zsigmond Falusy


"Sometimes I think these people no longer care," says the mayor of a village in northeastern Hungary. "They have crossed every limit." A reportage on relations between Roma and the majority offers little reason to be optimistic about an improvement in the current, dire situation. [more]


András Schweitzer, Miklós Zeidler

When voting "Yes" means rejection

Miklós Zeidler talks to András Schweitzer

Forced to ratify the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, Hungarian parliamentarians planned to demonstrate their opposition through a show of unanimity. The actions of dissenting MPs illustrate the distinction between a sense of injustice and false patriotism, says Miklós Zeidler. [more]


Elisabeth Klein, John Moseley, László Vikárius

Remembering Bartók

John Moseley talks with Elisabeth Klein

"He made very few comments and never about technical problems. I once asked about a particular fingering and he replied 'Use your nose if you like.'" Shortly before her death, the pianist Elisabeth Klein talked to composer John Moseley about her former teacher Béla Bartók. [more]


János Gerle

The resurrection of László Hudec

In China, a resurgence in interest in the architecture of the "bourgeois era" has led to the rediscovery of Hungarian architect László Hudec, famous for Shanghai's Park Hotel (1931-1934). János Gerle recalls the life and work of one of the pioneers of Chinese modernism. [more]


László Borhi

In the power arena

US-Hungarian relations 1942-1989

Between 1941 and 1989, Hungary's hand-tied politicians were at the mercy of the Great Powers and their struggle for hegemony in Europe. A study of US diplomatic documents shows the extent to which realpolitik determined US policy on Hungarian national independence. [more]


Eszter Rádai, István György Tóth

Closer to the East or the West?

Eszter Rádai Talks with György István Tóth

Hungarians are distrustful and frown upon social inequality, according to a new survey. They are in two minds about breaking rules and are deeply committed to state redistribution. This places their values and attitudes closer to those of Eastern Orthodox countries than to the West. [more]


Mark Kramer, András Schweitzer

Gorbachev's go-ahead

András Schweitzer in conversation with Mark Kramer

With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to accuse the West of reluctance in '89. Yet concerns about a violent crackdown by Moscow were understandable, if ultimately unfounded. [more]


Zoltán Tábori

Guns, fire and ditches

A report from Tatárszentgyörgy on the Roma killings

Conversations with villagers of Tatárszentgyörgy, Hungary, the scene of anti-Roma violence in February 2009. An insight into the spiral of crime and resentment in small communities facing increasing competition for employment and education. [more]


Zoltán Tábori

The seeds of wrath

Well-meaning but badly designed government policies which aim to lift the Roma out of poverty have tended to have the perverse impact of reinforcing difficulties associated with them. On the background to the spate of anti-Roma violence in Hungary in 2009. [more]


László Borhi

A reluctant and fearful West

1989 and its international context

Documents recently released from the Hungarian archives reveal how western leaders, without exception, deferred to the Soviet Union in 1989. The threat of regional chaos meant overwhelming support for preserving the status quo as events unfolded. [more]


Sándor Révész

One day it has to come out

Two books dealing with the state security in communist Hungary show that a much wider circle than the network of agents were responsible for the disadvantages suffered by thousands. This radically calls into question the treatment of informants as scapegoats. [more]


Zoltán Farkas

Hungarian bubbles

Despite the horror-stories, Hungary's budget deficit at 3 per cent of GDP and its public debt at just above 70 per cent do not fare too badly in a global comparison. "So what's our problem?", asks Zoltán Farkas. [more]


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]


Péter Eötvös, Judit Rácz

Settled in the present

Judit Rácz in conversation with Péter Eötvös

"In philosophy, literature, the theatre, painting, you name it, the new is seen as positive, indeed it is expected, whereas in music it constantly has to be justified in the teeth of opposition". Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös in interview. [more]


László Végel

East European savages

Ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina vote for liberal, Belgrade-based parties in Serbia while unconditionally supporting the Right in Hungary itself. László Végel is reminded of the joke about the savage. [more]


Elemér Hankiss

Doom and gloom

Asked how they see their country ten years from now, only a third of Hungarians say that it will be a successful European country. "Hungary's political elite, its intellectuals and its media bear enormous responsibility for this negativity," writes Elemér Hankiss. [more]


Gábor Miklósi

Schengen blues

Hungary's entry into the Schengen Zone in December 2007, along with eight other countries, brought a further relaxation of historical borders. While many communities have benefited, the process has not been without its absurdities, writes Gábor Miklósi. [more]



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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]

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]

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]

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]

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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 Knausgĺrd
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 Knausgĺrd 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]

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

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