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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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Matthias Schaffrick, Thomas Weitin, Niels Werber

Not war, not peace

Post-sovereign narration and contemporary literature

New asymmetric wars, non-governmental actors, humanitarian interventions, coalitions of the willing and preemptive actions: all these have erased notions that once helped distinguish war from peace. Associated developments in the German literary sphere have been no less radical. [more]


Anna-Catharina Gebbers

Life as Gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner, Beuys, Schlingensief

The Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, expresses a desire for the reconciliation of art and life, language and image, the self and nature, body and soul, and, not least, the individual and society. In so doing, writes Anna-Catharina Gebbers, it urges one to seek new, inspiring ways of life. [more]


Mark Schieritz

Debt: Bring it on!

Follow the money

The nature of debt is often misunderstood, argues Mark Schieritz. Were the state to come to its senses and create the right kind of economic climate, there'd be less need for outrage á la Stéphane Hessel and more sensible opportunities to take on some conventional debt. [more]


Martin Saar


Something drastic has to happen

It may well be that the social critique of new forms of exploitation and discrimination simply has to be drastic enough to cultivate responses such as indigination, shock, shame and rage. Responses without which, argues Martin Saar, no one at all would start to behave radically differently. [more]


Diedrich Diederichsen

The imperative of the authentic

Diedrich Diederichsen analyses how the imperative of authenticity has impacted on social life from the 1950s, critiquing the command that pop music possesses over the archdemocratic virtue of realizing and reinventing opportunities. [more]


Levente Polyák

Coherent fragmentation

Finding and remembering in Central Europe's confused cities

Its identity located somewhere between nostalgia and commerce, the dilapidated and the gentrified, the Central European city mixes languages, words and signs to form a style best described as radical eclecticism, writes Levente Polyák. [more]


Ludger Schwarte

An assembly of the people

Cities are defined not by numbers of inhabitants, square footage or population density, but by tensions, possibilities and controversies. Ludger Schwarte on the massive influence exerted by urban architecture on how politics is played out. [more]


Achim Vesper

Too much of a good thing

Security as responsibility of the state after Hobbes

Hobbes justified state sovereignty through the individual striving for security. Yet from the insight that without security there can be no good life, he arrived at a concept of security that endangers the good life, argues Achim Vesper. [more]


Thomas Biebricher, Frieder Vogelmann

Me Ltd.

If individuals are to act as corporations, then they should at least receive the protection conferred by the concept of limited liability: assurance of security and not the threat of social demotion will encourage employees to take professional risks. The Danish "flexicurity" model is instructive. [more]


Jean Baudrillard, Truls Lie

The art of disappearing

Jean Baudrillard, who died 6 March, gave us the tools to understand the media society and counteract the total assimilation into capitalist overproduction. Excerpts from a previously unpublished interview in which Baudrillard talks about his own death. [more]


Katrin Göring-Eckardt

Giving form to the end

For a new culture of dying

When modern medicine causes dying to intrude ever more into living, then it is in the interests of a good life that we experience our last days not as something that merely happens to us, but as something that we can consciously form, writes Katrin Göring-Eckardt. [more]


Arnd Pollmann

Cold comfort

The philosophy of history for advanced readers

The theoretical failure of revolutionary Marxism has meant that the philosophy of history has been consigned wholesale to oblivion. The result is that we now lack an "image" of history that allows us to date the present, argues Arnd Pollmann. [more]


Michael Hartmann

The select few

Admissions systems at US elite universities

Nowhere is the notion of the "achieving society" more firmly anchored than in the US: Obama, a graduate of Yale, is the latest exemplar of upward mobility. Yet the nepotism at work in the admissions systems of elite US universities gives the lie to the rhetoric of meritocracy. [more]


Bertram Keller

Dead money

Ten theses for a new inheritance law

Diminishing political support for inheritance tax risks forfeiting an essential mechanism of social equality. Bertram Keller proposes ten adjustments to inheritance law that would ensure fairer redistribution. [more]


Maren Lübbke-Tidow

Painting the silent witnesses of ecological crisis

On the paintings of Anna Meyer

Anna Meyer's rejection of the auratic reception of painting, together with her depiction of "the silent witnesses of ecological crisis", represent a "call for art to once again be negotiated politically", writes Maren Lübbke-Tidow. [more]


Anna Meyer


In cooperation with "Polar", the Eurozine Gallery presents Anna Meyer's series of paintings "Heisszeit": a powerful response to ecological and economic crisis and "a call for art once again to be negotiated politically", writes critic and curator Maren Lübbke-Tidow. [more]


Peter Siller

No output without input

An inspection of our democracy

Political legitimacy is obtained from the efficiency of policies, rather than their origin in democratic participation. Yet how can a politics of good governance know whether the results of its policies are good if it sets its goals in advance? [more]


Nicole Deitelhoff, Rainer Forst, Stefan Gosepath, Christoph Menke, Peter Siller

"Solving the riddle of all constitutions"

The notion of "post-democracy" has wide currency. Yet is democracy really in decline, or are there signs of its return as an issue of social concern? Members of the "new Frankfurt School" talk to "Polar" editor Peter Siller. [more]


Jürgen Trittin

Ecological materialism

How nature becomes political

The ecological reform of the global economy must bring on board those with no interest in preserving nature per se. The more "nature-oriented" a demand is, the less likely it is to be realized and the more catastrophic the consequences will be. [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]

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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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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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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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