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Letter From Madrid

Guna Pigita
Adīšanas stunda
The Knitting Hour
A group of amateur knitters get together in a cafe in downtown Madrid to discuss knitting and the looming specter of unemployment.


Mārtiņš Vanags
Eiropas praids starp Rībenu un Klintoni
Europride between Rībena and Hillary Clinton
US Ambassador's economic argument regarding the planned Europride event in Riga in 2015 has sparked criticism from Latvia's ex-Minister of Culture Ingūna Rībena. Europride is not about economic benefits but human rights, argues Mārtiņš Vanags.
Kiril Kobrin
Diezgan pelēcīgs laiks
A rather drab time
It's been 50 years since the Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do, and James Bond made his first appearance on the big screen. These two events mark the opposite polarities of the revolutionary 1960s, says Kiril Kobrin.
Vents Zvaigzne
Maldinošs skaidrojums
A misleading interpretation
A recent article in Scientific American claims that the common interpretation of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle has been proved false. Has it really?
Ilmārs Šlāpins
Valodas absolūtā vara
The absolute power of language
On language as the only legal weapon polititians have to conquer and execute power.
Ilmārs Zvirgzds
Tauriņu privātā dzīve
The private life of butterflies
On artist Damian Hirst's latest exhibition at Tate Modern in London and its condemnation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for killing 9,000 butterflies.

Round Table

Satversmes nerakstītais teksts
The unwritten text of the Constitution
Round-table discussion on the hard core of the Latvian Constitution. Should it be made unchangable or should it be left open for change through legal procedure?


Reklāmas guru pēdējā reize
Advertising guru's last turn of the wheel
Arnis Rītups talks to Neil French, one of the most famous and inspiring advertising copywriters on the planet.


Oliver Sacks
Seju aklums
Neurologist Oliver Sacks writes about prosopagnosia, or the inability to recognize faces and places Translated from The New Yorker.


Agnese Gaile-Irbe
The new one
Review of the new Bible translation published in October by the Latvian Bible Society.


Elmo Nüganen, Ieva Struka
Lido dzērves. Kurš zina, kurp viņas lido
The cranes are flying. Who knows where they are flying
Ieva Struka interviews Elmo Nüganen, one of Estonia's most renowned theatre directors.


Kaspars Eihmanis
Ja šajā pasaulē ir draugi un vīns
If there are friends and wine in this world
On the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, a group of 3rd century Chinese Taoist scholars, poets, and musicians who gathered in a bamboo grove to drink wine and converse.


Yevgeny Pashkevich, Uldis Tīrons
Žeņas nav. Žeņa ir
My films will not corrode
Uldis Tīrons talks to the Latvian film director Yevgeny Pashkevich. His latest movie "Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg" has been submitted by the Latvian film authorities for this year's foreign language Oscar competition.


Focal points     click for 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]

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]

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?
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]

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

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]

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

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