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Wie kaum ein anderer Zeitschriftenmacher verstand es Robert Silvers, der legendäre Mitgründer des New York Review of Books, Autoren zum Schreiben zu bringen. Er selbst aber schrieb nie. Mit einer Ausnahme: 2009 erschien in Transit sein Essay „Dilemmas eines Herausgebers“, in dem er über die Geschichte des Review und das Geheimnis seines Erfolgs erzählt. In einer Zeit, da die Vierte Gewalt unter zunehmenden Druck von Populismus und social media gerät, ist sein Plädoyer für einen unabhängigen und kritischen Journalismus aktueller denn je. Wir drucken es hier anlässlich seines Todes am 20. März 2017 wieder ab.

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If the financial crisis divided the EU between creditors and debtors, opening a gap between North and South, the refugee crisis re-opened the gap between East and West. What we witness today, writes Ivan Krastev, is not what Brussels describes as a lack of solidarity, but a clash of solidarities: national, ethnic and religious solidarity chafing against our obligations as human beings.

Today, the Maidan revolution lives on in a wealth of documentary films about the events of 2013-14 in Ukraine. Yustyna Kravchuk compares and contrasts the approaches of the films’ creators, and the implications of these for the articulation of collective political desires.

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Fidesz’s constitutional counter-revolution has reversed the process of democratization begun in Hungary in 1989. Seeking reasons for Hungary’s ‘backsliding’, Gábor Halmai argues that democratic culture is more crucial than formal legality to guaranteeing rule of law. Hungary challenges the EU’s ability to prevent illiberal democracies emerging in its midst.

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A majority of almost two-thirds opposed the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine in a referendum in the Netherlands on 6 April. As the public debate surrounding the referendum gained pace, the Ukrainian independent TV channel Hromadske became an important forum for associated discussion. Now that the results are in, Hromadske journalist Volodymyr Yermolenko assesses the implications for EU-Ukraine relations, and European politics in general.

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