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 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:15:04 +0200 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:15:04 +0200 feed me Fantasies of feminist history in eastern Europe Responding to Slavenka Drakulic's recent Eurozine article on the situation of women caught up in the post-'89 transition, Kristen Ghodsee and Adriana Zaharijevic reconsider notions of "emancipation from above" and the grassroots participation of women in both the East and the West. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Kristen Ghodsee, Adriana Zaharijevic en After "emancipation after emancipation" As anti-gender movements gain momentum throughout Europe, using the concept of gender as a technical category may, in the long run, prove more self-destructive than useful. Andrea Peto argues for the re-enchantment of feminist politics. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Andrea Peto en Re-atomization Every authoritarian state must choose democratization or collapse at some point. But Ella Paneyakh says that the Russian system is seeking a third way. It has in its sights nothing less than the social fabric: human interrelations, mutual support mechanisms and the capacity for joint action. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Ella Paneyakh en A purifying storm The European Union's political equilibrium is, according to Joschka Fischer, suffering from Italy's decline in the aftermath of the Berlusconi era. The country can no longer play its former role as mediator between Germany and France. Could a "purifying storm" be the answer? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Alessandro Cavalli, Joschka Fischer it "They are so very different from us" Art is suffering in Hungary's oppressively nationalist climate, writes Edit András. Criticism of the state-supported cultural system is weakened by a gradual acceptance of the new configuration; and due to general exhaustion, the protest movement among artists has also lost its vigour. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Edit András en The possibility of revolution Whether economic, political or ecological, today's crises have gone on too long. Revolution is in vogue once again, feeding off an apparent lack of solutions. But, writes Christoph Menke, by the same rationale, talk of revolution becomes a mere expression of crisis. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Christoph Menke de The shadow citizenry The shadow citizenry is a reserve army of foot soldiers, who want in but are forced out; often defiant yet somehow disunited, disgruntled and raging in a global civil war of austerity and high frequency piracy. Andy Merrifield looks again at Henri Lefebvre's vision of urban life. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Andy Merrifield en A brief history of the European future The sooner Europe gets used to a future without the nation-state, the better, writes Robert Menasse. Amnesia about what the unification project originally meant is causing a catastrophic lack of imagination about where it is heading. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Robert Menasse en Life after debt "openDemocracy" demands transnational community, not post-democracy; "Intellectum" throws out literary convention as Greek crisis goes from bad to worse again; "Res Publica Nowa" considers the imperial roots of European politics; "Blätter" discerns a case of colonial amnesia in Berlin; "Kultura Liberalna" reimagines Poland in an age of trans-continental migration; "Revue Projet" asks whether France's social welfare system needs repairing or rebuilding; "Glänta" goes in search of the post-traumatic subject; and "Mittelweg 36" replays the Vietnam war in films by Jean-Luc Godard and Chris Marker. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en A dramatic struggle In societies with colonial histories and that are traditionally open to the world, there is widespread tolerance of diversity at a fundamental level. So says Aleksander Smolar; who is afraid that, for Poland, the smallest step towards adaptation will be a dramatic struggle. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Jaroslaw Kuisz, Lukasz Pawlowski, Adam Puchejda, Tomasz Sawczuk, Aleksander Smolar en Humboldt Forum: Colonial amnesia The reconstruction of Berlin Palace is due to complete in 2019 at a cost of around 600 million euros. A former residence of German Emperors, the Palace is to house anthropological collections. But, asks Jürgen Zimmerer, where's the project's sense of colonial history? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Jürgen Zimmerer de Replaying the Vietnam War In the 1960s, the Vietnam War became the first televised conflict. At the same time, filmmakers like Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard opened a new era of political filmmaking. Burkhardt Wolf explains how these events unfolded, both on and off screen. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Burkhardt Wolf de Axioms of survival Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Yves Citton fr Europe as a republic The system currently known as the European Union is the embodiment of post-democracy, says Ulrike Guérot. The solution: to turn Europe on its head. For the Europe of tomorrow is a European Republic, the embodiment of a transnational community. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Ulrike Guérot en Where is the power? In Europe all political thought is imperialist, says Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz. This means that politics as we know it today incorporates the experience of imperial politics from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, when the foundations of what we call "the political" were forged. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Wojciech Przybylski, Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz en New Eurozine partner: Revue Projet The French journal "Revue Projet" has joined the Eurozine Network. The journal prides itself in offering a forum for debate about social and political themes that rarely receive the coverage they deserve elsewhere. Working in tandem with socially committed partners and researchers, its content is as accessible as it is insightful. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Memory has a power that history never attains We should distrust those uses of memory that suit us personally or collectively, says Tzvetan Todorov. Because in reality every people, like every individual, has both dark and glorious pages in their history, and one should not reduce the past to a single element. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Daniel Gascon, Tzvetan Todorov es Democracy today is wild and constituent How to create and sustain a flow of political movement? An open system of governance from below that, through continuous debate, holds together movement and government? It is possible, say Antonio Negri and Raúl Sánchez Cedillo. Moreover, it's the empowerment that is decisive. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Antonio Negri, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo fr Howl The works of Somalian-born activist and writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali show that the civilizational jump is incompatible with clan ethics, writes Oksana Forostyna of "Krytyka" (Ukraine). And given that Somalia is already a synonym for "failed state", time is of the essence in solving the Ukraine crisis. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Oksana Forostyna en Toward a politics of information Privacy and identity are two sides of the same coin, argues Luciano Floridi. And yet, paradoxically, western governments are now eroding privacy in the interests of their own self-preservation. However, collecting data first and asking questions later is not a policy, says Floridi; it's an affront to one of the foundations of liberal democracy. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Luciano Floridi, Wojciech Przybylski en Open-door policy? Silence the speaker; divide and rule the audience. If that seems extreme, attack not what is said but its potentially upsetting or offensive "tone". Thomas Docherty reports on the insidious attempts of governments to inhibit academic freedom in the UK and internationally. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Thomas Docherty en First Res Publica Festival The first Res Publica Festival took place in Warsaw on Friday 26 June. The festival showcased and explored innovation in central Europe, with a special focus on media, tech and urban spheres. Highlights included contributions by Adam Greenfield and Justin McGuirk. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Europe, not just Ukraine, is at war It is not only events in eastern Ukraine and the Greek crisis that will force the European Union to reinvent itself, argues Andriy Portnov, but also domestic political landscapes in Germany, the United Kingdom and France. The sum of all of these factors will force change. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Ketevan Kantaria, Andriy Portnov en Towards a Greater Asia? Would it be pure fantasy to suppose that the forging of closer ties between Moscow and Beijing really offers Russia an alternative to growing international isolation? No, says Andreas Umland. There is however plenty of ground for scepticism about the venture's viability. [German version added] Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Andreas Umland en A lion in a cage In the aftermath of World War II, Finland pursued a policy of remaining on good terms with the Soviet Union with a view to safeguarding Finnish sovereignty. This strategy became known as "Finlandization". A strategy that now haunts Europe, writes Sofi Oksanen, as Russia continues to focus on expanding its sphere of influence. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Sofi Oksanen en Between political and apolitical By 1950, Poland's postwar Stalinist regime was already near the height of its powers. Not that this stopped the emergence of a youth subculture during the ensuing decades. Tom Junes explains how associated movements evolved and even became useful to the Polish government. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Tom Junes en If Greece falls "Blätter" braces itself for a Grexit; "Varlik" draws lessons from the Turkish general election; "Il Mulino" notes the channels that the Arab Spring has opened up for European Muslim women; "Frakcija" weighs up alternatives to the commodification of knowledge; "La Revue nouvelle" commemorates the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo; "Vagant" confronts the visual culture relating to the Holocaust; "Springerin" examines the aesthetics of crisis; and "Dublin Review of Books" revisits the essays of George Orwell. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en The romantic Englishman George Orwell is often credited with elevating political writing to an art. However, argues Enda O'Doherty, it's probably worth separating out the terms "political" and "writing". For while Orwell's writing is undoubtedly of the highest order, the quality of his political judgment remains questionable. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Enda O'Doherty en Grexit: Failure of the European idea Even if a majority of German business leaders look upon a Grexit as a favourable option, writes Steffen Vogel, the political price of a Grexit cannot be underestimated. A Grexit would be nothing short of an act of desperation by political elites either unable, or unwilling, to find an alternative solution. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Steffen Vogel de The aesthetics of crisis Is there a chance for self-transformation, and above all, social transformation, in a crisis that is not suffered but co-created? Brian Holmes says there is. The key lies in aesthetic experiences, where the breakdown of the dominant economic norm opens up a pathway toward autonomy. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Brian Holmes en