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George Blecher

Alone and tired

In the latest of his Battle Dispatches from the electoral front, George Blecher visits the heartlands of the Trump vote in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and in an at times oddly moving piece, begins to get to the heart of The Donald's appeal. [ more ]

Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

Katja Garmasch

A new start that's full of contradictions

Andrei Sannikov

Existence without life

Klas Grinell

Carpets and ceramics

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Eurozine Review

The Lilliput syndrome

'Transit' responds to Russia's politics of fear; 'New Eastern Europe' condemns human rights pragmatism; 'Index on Censorship' defends the right to anonymity; 'Vikerkaar' talks trees; 'Czas Kultury' considers conspiracy theories; 'Ord&Bild' reports on heritage wars; 'dérive' confronts the new housing question; 'Letras Libres' declines populisms; and 'Vagant' has no fun with industrial.

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The violent closet?

Eurozine Review

Peak democracy?

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Critical junctures

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The narrowest of margins

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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. [Swedish version added] [more]


Nadia Urbinati

Between hegemony and mistrust

Representative democracy in the Internet era

Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the impact of Beppe Grillo's blog on Italian politics reveal how "Internet democracy" has opened a new phase of democratic innovation. The relationship between citizens and politicians may never be the same again. [Italian version added] [more]


Tigrane Yegavian

Gülen, Erdogan and the AKP

Behind the scenes of the power struggle in Turkey

Ahead of local elections at the end of March and presidential elections in August, Tigrane Yegavian looks into the influence that the Gülen movement wields in Turkey and beyond; and why this puts it on a collision course with the ambitions of its former ally, prime minister Erdogan. [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]


Richard Rorty

Democracy and philosophy

Moral insight "is a matter of imagining a better future, and observing the results of attempts to bring that future into existence". In "Kritika&Kontext", Richard Rorty (1931-2007) outlines the anti-foundationalist premise of his philosophy. [more]


Abdolkarim Soroush

On Reason

Reason's greatest rival is not religion, but revolution, writes Iranian philosopher Abdolkarim Soroush. "The first resource that is squandered in a revolution is rationality and the last thing that returns is rationality. If it ever returns." [more]


Abdesselam Cheddadi

The question of tolerance in Islamic societies

Today's Muslim societies must consider afresh the question of tolerance, and ask why they find themselves mired in indecision and resentment, says Abdesselam Cheddadi. [more]


Alberto Toscano

Fanaticism: A brief history of the concept

The label "fanaticism" is increasingly attached to the perceived threat posed by religious fundamentalism. But rarely is the history of the term and the variety of its uses examined. [more]


Ramin Jahanbegloo, Danny Postel

Ideas whose time has come

A conversation with Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo

"For me as an Iranian philosopher, thinking differently is a form of going beyond the challenges of my daily life in Iran. It's an opening up to the world which goes hand in hand with the act of being free." [more]


Danièle Hervieu-Léger

The role of religion in establishing social cohesion

Nostalgia about a religious past will not help solve the question of a "European soul". Instead, the weakening of religion could prove a starting point for a reconsideration of Europe's religious heritage. [more]


Nilüfer Göle

The Islamist identity

Islam, European public space, and civility

It is not distance from, but proximity to modern life that triggers a return to religious identity among migrant Muslims in Europe, says Nilüfer Göle. The religious self for individual Muslims is being shifted from the private to the public realm. [more]


Olivier Roy

Islamic evangelism

Islam in Europe

Religious and political radicalism among European Muslims is less an import from the cultures and conflicts of the Middle East than a consequence of the globalization and westernization of Islam, writes Olivier Roy. [more]


Giancarlo Bosetti, Klaus Eder

Post-secularism: A return to the public sphere

During secularization, says Klaus Eder, religion did not disappear completely. It only became invisible to the public sphere. In Europe, this was a result of the two dominant Christian religions -- Protestantism and Catholicism -- which drove other religious beliefs into the private sphere. He terms the recent return of religion to the public sphere post-secularism. [more]


Klaus Eder

European secularization: A special route to post-secular society?

A theoretical note

Post-secular society is the contradictory and uncontrollable counterpart of the secular state. Both are accelerated and regulated by a third actor: a public sphere formed by the mass media. [more]


Ramin Jahanbegloo

Beyond the clash of intolerances

Today, we are not experiencing a clash of civilizations, but a clash of intolerances. "We must encourage opposing forces to adhere to values of moderation, tolerance, and non-violence", says the Iranian philosopher. [more]


Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti

Beliefs in the US. Between new fears and old responses

On the differing roles of religion in the public sphere in the US and Europe: "Have you ever heard the German chancellor say 'God bless Germany'?" Reset editor-in-chief Giancarlo Bosetti talks to Seyla Benhabib. [more]


James Fishkin

Putting all of Europe in one room

The creator of Deliberative Polling looks at the possibilities for bringing Europeans from all 25 member states together, informing them on issues of public importance, and encouraging them to discuss and question these issues. [more]


Mauro Buonocore

Wow! There are other models

Bringing public service television principles to Italy

A look at examples of public service television abroad that can serve as models for the way Italian television should be -- informative, motivating, and unbiased. [more]


Olivier Mongin, Jean-Louis Schlegel

The legislation of 1905

Should France's laws from 1905 regulating laïcité be reformed after a century of changes in the religious composition of French society? [more]


Mitchell Cohen

Auto-Emancipation and anti-Semitism

Homage to Bernard Lazare

Does emancipation create freedom and equality? Mitchell Cohen takes a closer look at the process of emancipation and the Jewish experience. [more]


Marco Onado

A genuinely Italian fraud

Marco Onado recapitulates the Parmalat-scandal and explains what is so uniquely Italian about it. [more]


Nuruddin Farah

Migrants' nostalgia - alleviated through hospitality

Nuruddin Farah on the notion of "diaspora", migration, and life in different parts of the world. [more]


Göran Rosenberg

The world as a problem and USA as its solution?

Behind the recent conflict between America and Europe lies a radical shift in policy. But this shift has not been made in Germany, in France or in any of the other countries in "old Europe", writes Göran Rosenberg. What has happened, took place in the White House. [more]


Giancarlo Bosetti, Göran Therborn

How the empire generates friends and enemies

Göran Therborn on the return of the cold war and the enigma of religous fundamentalism. [more]


Nina Fürstenberg, Saskia Sassen

"Global is Not Always Cosmopolite"

An Interview with Saskia Sassen, by Nina Fürstenberg.

Saskia Sassen on the distinctions between television, internet and the different social relationships they involve. [more]



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Giancarlo Bosetti


Italia 2008, la politica cambia colori



Roger Chartier

Leggere on line, che fatica

What will happen to reading in the face of electronic technology, where the supply of texts is growing even faster than it did as a result of the printing press? And what about the problem of copyright? [more]


Giancarlo Bosetti


Scoperta: gli argomenti tornano a contare?



John Elster

Sotto osservazione i regimi dell'est europeo

I recenti sviluppi nell'Europa Orientale e nell'ex Unione Sovietica suscitano forti preoccupazioni sul sistema maggioritario e i diritti individuali. John Elster elabora perchè. [more]


Giancarlo Bosetti, Manuel Castells

Ecco il mondo delle reti

Intervista a Manuel Castells di Giancarlo Bosetti

Manuel Castells risponde alle domande riguardanti la sua opera L’età dell’informazione: economia, società, cultura. L'autore parla inoltre del ruolo peculiare della criminalità nella società, della identità europea a suo parere inesistente e di poesia. [more]



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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]

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]

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]

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 will frame the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The conference will take place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk thus linking contemporary debates 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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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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