Eurozine articles Eurozine - the netmagazine publishes original texts on the most pressing issues of our times. We also present articles and reviews published in our partner magazines. The articles are available in several languages to open up a new public sphere for communication and debate. en netmagazine, articles and reviews Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:59:01 +0200 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:59:01 +0200 feed me The silence of the lambs For Vladimir Putin, the West's tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe's "silence of the lambs", writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia's war. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Volodymyr Yermolenko en Odessa's two big differences (and a few small ones) On 2 May, clashes between anti-Maidan and Euromaidan activists claimed 48 lives in Odessa. The city is still in shock. Tanya Richardson reports on how Russian intervention in Crimea has made such questions as "Who am I?" and, "In which state will I be secure?" more pressing than ever. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Tanya Richardson en The hand that feeds As Russia becomes more and more isolated, the Russian government will need to provide for all those who support it. Maxim Trudolyubov explains why those who can provide for themselves will be the first victims of western sanctions and Russian countermeasures. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Maxim Trudolyubov en Lost in transition? Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk will stream the main public debates taking place at the Central Eastern European Meeting. "Does Central Eastern Europe exist?" is one of the questions addressed by, among others, Boris Buden, Slawomir Sierakowski and Nataliia Neshevets. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Commander of a fortress under siege Sanctions on Russia may tip economic stagnation into recession and widen the country's gap with western nations still further. This time Putin seems to be plying an isolationist course without regard for the consequences, writes Maria Lipman. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Maria Lipman en After democratic transition Will democracy in east-central Europe survive the economic crisis? Are democratic institutions and the middle classes strong enough to counter the authoritarian Left and Right? The real test for east-central European democracies is yet to come, writes Szabolcs Pogonyi. [Russian version added] Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Szabolcs Pogonyi en The global politics of protest The new wave of revolutionary politics, from the Arab Spring to the Turkish Summer, is an insurgence against representative democracy that offer no alternatives. But is protest really a better instrument than elections for keeping elites accountable? Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ivan Krastev en Is there something about Islam? Confronted with gruesome images of the brutality of ISIS, many people conclude that this violence is inherent to the faith itself, to Islam. But is there really something about Islam that makes its followers more prone to violence and intolerance than others? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Kenan Malik en What do you want In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Lina Ekdahl en Giving in free movement Europe The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults inherent in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Cecilia Parsberg en Moved to marry In a narrative shaped by gender and racial inequalities, Suzanne Sinke maps the interplay between migration and marriage from the origins of the United States onward. A chronicle of shifts in women's rights, the story unfolds on the interface between the familial and the national. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Suzanne Sinke en The oligarch After the loans for shares, mergers, litigation and an unhealthy dependency on natural resources, all that's likely to remain of any real worth is the yacht in the harbour. Thus concludes Wolfgang Kemp in this attempt to grasp the rise (and fall) of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Wolfgang Kemp de Unity and identity The transnational market for Russian language products means that they always have a competitive edge over Ukrainian ones. Time to introduce quotas for Ukrainian language television and film productions, along with tax benefits for Ukrainian publications, argues Volodymyr Kulyk. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Volodymyr Kulyk de Decentralization and subsidiarity A spectre is haunting Ukraine, the spectre of federalism, observes Mykola Riabchuk in an article on Russian interference in Ukraine. So will the Ukrainian elite and people grasp what is likely the last chance to save the country and implement institutional reform? Or will Putinism win out? Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Mykola Riabchuk de New debates online at Time to Talk Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk, a pan-European network of centres of debate, is running hot this summer. The current focus is "The crisis of trust in Europe: How to build new bonds of mutual confidence". So how does mistrust hinder collective action? And what can be done about it? Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Do not trust economists! Treat economists like any religious minority, says Tomas Sedlacek. Grant them the right to say whatever they believe and the right to gather. But always be sceptical of the stories they tell. Just take the invisible hand of the market: it's plain wishful thinking, like a prayer. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin en Talent, intuition, creativity Imagining and realizing novel ideas engages aspects of the mind, body and self that we barely control, says Edith Ackermann in interview. Learning, like the art of living itself, is about navigating uncertainties rather than controlling what we cannot predict. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Edith Ackermann, Urs Hirschberg en Without a façade to hide behind The longest anti-government protest in Bulgarian history brought about the resignation of Plamen Oresharski's cabinet in July. But where does the political process go from here? Nikolay Nikolov remains optimistic about the outcome of the country's tormented transition to democracy. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Nikolay Nikolov en The world's echo system In "ResetDOC", Seyla Benhabib critiques humanitarian reason; "Blätter" reports on Europe's new refugee movement; "openDemocracy" expresses alarm at the expulsions of a predatory capitalism; "Springerin" looks at the Arab Spring's legacy in contemporary art; "Dérive" sees through the technology-driven smart city hype; "Vikerkaar" visits the post-socialist bazaar; "Magyar Lettre" publishes an extract from Endre Kukorelly's memoir; in "Letras Libres", Margaret MacMillan sees parallels between 1914 and 2014; "L'Espill" looks at new forms of Spanish nationalism; "Fronesis" calls for a more radical discussion of crises; and "Schweizer Monat" talks to the lyricist Durs Grünbein. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en No stone throwing in glass houses The Arab Spring has done nothing to stop business continuing as usual in the art markets of the Gulf states, write Nat Muller and Ferry Biedermann. At the same time, the wrath of Arab peninsula monarchies continues to rain down on anything that smacks of dissent. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ferry Biedermann, Nat Muller en The Arab Spring and "Islam" Discourses on Islam and Islamism remain in flux after the Arab Spring. Farid Hafez focuses on the counterrevolution in Egypt and the military regime's instrumentalization of a radical Islamic discourse, ostensibly to stop the Muslim Brotherhood turning Egypt into "Iran 2.0". Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Farid Hafez de A place, a garden, some time No more radical manifestos and no private life either: artists must now commit every waking hour to their business plan. Durs Grünbein on leading a creative life despite everything, plus influences ranging from a tradition of European reform to ancient Mediterranean cultures. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Durs Grünbein, Michael Wiederstein de Glancing back (2009-2010) Recalling childhood trips abroad, Slavenka Drakulic suspects Yugoslavians were corrupted by the freedom to travel. "My generation confused democratic freedom with the freedom to shop in the West. The wars that followed were the almost medieval retribution for that."[Hungarian version added] Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Slavenka Drakulic de 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. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Seyla Benhabib en Bayern, Berlin, Brussels There's a new Europe-wide refugee movement taking shape. It has succeeded in making the problems refugees face a permanent topic of public debate, one that politicians can no longer ignore. And broad social solidarity with its demands is growing too, writes Martina Mauer. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Martina Mauer en Arab migrants face a new Sykes-Picot in Calais Afghan Jungle, Hazara Jungle, Palestine House. Calais' squats and camps have existed in various incarnations for years: the result of two European nations fortifying themselves against crises of their own making, writes Timothy Cooper. History continues to repeat itself. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Timothy Cooper en Gecekondu chic? From the long tradition of slum tours to the more recent look of the poorgeoisie, the commodification and aestheticization of poverty seems to know no bounds. Derya Özkan reflects on when contemporary culture begins to empty social issues of any social content. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Derya Özkan en Courage of thought vs technocracy "New Eastern Europe" speaks to Lech Walesa; "Res Publica Nowa" recalls that crises have always mobilized the European spirit; "La Revue nouvelle" warns against the xenophobia at Europe's heart; "Frakcjia" asks whether the immunity of art is merely an illusion; "Dialogi" debates the failures of the Slovenian uprisings; "Intellectum" reads Greece's most discussed book; "A2" champions Czech writers' rights; and "Dilema veche" speaks to acclaimed Romanian writer in exile, Norman Manea. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Utopia and incapacity Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 John Gray en In defence of decadent Europe? Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ivan Krastev en