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 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:42:52 +0200 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:42:52 +0200 feed me German Europe's ascendancy German dominance of the European Union's upper echelons has never been greater, writes Eric Bonse. All EU actors are, for now, the pawns of a "German Europe" that is stronger, and yet more vulnerable, than ever before. [English version added] Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eric Bonse de Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 en Capitalism's animal spirits "openDemocracy" condemns the European Union's inhumane treatment of migrants; "Kultura Liberalna" talks to Anne Applebaum; in "Blätter", Rolf Hosfeld marks the centenary of the Armenian genocide; "Esprit" re-reads Kostas Axelos on the destiny of modern Greece; "Varlik" remembers Yasar Kemal; "Letras Libres" contemplates a concept of tolerance turned upside down, after 10 years of cartoon controversy; "Spilne" rejects the pro-/anti-westernism surrounding the Maidan protests; "Samtiden" takes stock of last year's Norwegian novels; and "Polar" critiques a new DIY mentality in the search for alternative ways of life. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Humanitarian rhetoric, inhumane treatment In an article first published prior to the 19 April capsizing of a wooden fishing boat and consequent drowning of around 800 migrants in the Mediterranean, Judith Sunderland and Bill Frelick warn about the EU's preference for border enforcement over the creation of safe, legal channels into the EU. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Bill Frelick, Judith Sunderland en Russia: A sick man with a gun For many European countries to start thinking about Russia as a threat again, 20 years after the end of the Cold War, requires a paradigm shift. So says Anne Applebaum, as she sees political leaders who made their careers in conditions of European peace flounder in the current military crisis. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Anne Applebaum, Lukasz Pawlowski en Life as Gesamtkunstwerk The Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, expresses a desire for the reconciliation of art and life, language and image, the self and nature, body and soul, and, not least, the individual and society. In so doing, writes Anna-Catharina Gebbers, it urges one to seek new, inspiring ways of life. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Anna-Catharina Gebbers de The most important minority Almost a decade after Flemming Rose, then culture editor of the Danish newspaper "Jyllands-Posten", published the first Muhammad cartoons, the "Charlie Hebdo" massacre provides a tragic backdrop to renewed debate about the very topics that Rose set out to explore in the first place. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Daniel Gascon, Flemming Rose es Greek trial of stength Either European social democrats show solidarity for Syriza's bid to end austerity, writes Michael R. Krätke, or they stick with the pig-headed ideologues of austerity and drive the European project deeper and deeper into the mud; a scenario that won't get any prettier in the event of a Grexit. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Michael R. Krätke de Taking on the giant When a group of claimants in the United Kingdom took on Google for invasion of privacy, they had little idea that the case would become a landmark in the fight to tame the Internet giant's intrusion into our lives on the Web, writes Judith Vidal-Hall. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Judith Vidal-Hall en Freedom through surveillance Parading under the banner of a common front for freedom, governments worldwide have embarked on a security clampdown whose political fallout could be more damaging than the threat it seeks to banish, writes Simon Davies. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Simon Davies en Turn to the right - and back As Walter Benjamin once remarked, "every rise of Fascism bears witness to a failed revolution". A statement that events in Ukraine after the Orange revolution go some way toward confirming, writes Mykola Riabchuk; not that a sudden reversal of recent trends remains out of the question. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Mykola Riabchuk en Not bad for a lame duck Much as the media like to call Barack Obama a "lame duck President", he's begun to look pretty agile of late. So says George Blecher. A portrait of Obama, the most consistent US president in decades, dispatched from inside the land of the free. [French version added] Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 George Blecher en Charlie Hebdo's Russian afterlife Russian responses to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris reveal the contradictions of political and social trends in today's Russia, writes Nikolay Mitrokhin; with the most dramatic response being the unprecedented political killing of leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Nikolay Mitrokhin en The Holocaust as fiction "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." However, what if remaining silent is unacceptable? Then Wittgenstein's famous dictum no longer helps, writes Stefan Auer. Then one narrates stories, even cinematic ones. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Stefan Auer en Occupy and the 99% A highly individualist identity politics is clearly one of the mainstays of the culture of the new capitalism. But, asks Jacob Mukherjee, could this also be precisely what constitutes a barrier to the formation of a collective political subject in the first place? Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Jacob Mukherjee en From a distance Why is it that, 25 years after independence, the attachment that Lithuanian citizens once felt to their country has weakened considerably? Because postmodernist self-consciousness prefers regional identity to state identity? Bronislovas Kuzmickas reports. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Bronislovas Kuzmickas en Friedrich Kittler and the "misuse of military equipment" Today's monolithic devices have taken us a long way from the do-it-yourself and home computer culture at its height in the 1980s. But has the account that new media theory pioneer Friedrich Kittler gave of that culture withstood the test of time? Claus Pias takes stock. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Claus Pias de Extractivism above all? Intensifying the exploitation of underground resources has been suggested as a solution for Europe's crisis-ridden regions. But who really owns these resources? And where do the proceeds from their exploitation go? Evie Papada reviews the situation in the villages of Chalkidiki, Greece. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Evie Papada en Breaking out of the debt dilemma Political and economic relations need to be established that provide Greek society with a future in Europe, argues Claus Leggewie. But if this is to happen, even more important than dealing with the past is future-oriented investment in areas such as renewable energy. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Claus Leggewie en Eurozine at DIONYS'HUM Between 14 and 16 April, DIONYS'HUM takes place at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. Incoming Eurozine editor-in-chief Wojciech Przybylski will be joined by Eurozine partner journal editors and regular Eurozine contributors for a roundtable on European networks. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Stop press: The world will not end! In "Vagant", philosopher Alberto Toscano goes to the heart of today's fanaticisms; "Blätter" wonders where the rise and rise of a German Europe will lead; "Letras Libres" profiles Podemos; "Index" reveals how refugee stories are told; "La Revue nouvelle" slams the framing of the migrant as the ideal suspect; "A2" questions the scope of the Greek parliamentary revolt; in "Il Mulino", Nadia Urbinati sees right through the "Renzi sì, Renzi no" debate; and "Nova Istra" marks the long centenary of World War I. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Copenhagen, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, etc The cynical tendency to view tragedies and atrocities in European capitals in isolation from those taking place daily across Syria, Nigeria or Eritrea has to end, writes journalist Pierre Coopman. Until this happens, there can be little hope of seeing an improvement in anyone's security. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Pierre Coopman fr Anti-Semitism in France The numbers of French Jews who have recently emigrated to Israel and North America, writes Andrea Goldstein, reflect a profound uneasiness on the part of Europe's biggest Jewish community. Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots, and is not about to go away any time soon. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Andrea Goldstein it Podemos: Much more than just a marriage of minds Founded in 2014, Podemos already leads opinion polls across Spain. But accusations that it is treating the country as a gigantic piece of fieldwork and conjecture as to its rootedness in political theory tend to be wide of the mark, writes Manuel Arias Maldonado. [English version added] Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Manuel Arias Maldonado es German Europe's ascendancy German dominance of the European Union's upper echelons has never been greater, writes Eric Bonse. All EU actors are, for now, the pawns of a "German Europe" that is stronger, and yet more vulnerable, than ever before. [English version added] Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eric Bonse de Fanatical counter-histories Liberal democracies are haunted by figures of radicalism, says philosopher Alberto Toscano. Moreover, as the associated policing of people is shadowed by a policing of language, the notion that all "extremisms" converge poses its own significant dangers. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Gisle Selnes, Alberto Toscano en New Eurozine partner: Vagant The award-winning Norwegian quarterly "Vagant" has joined the Eurozine network. Headquartered in Berlin, the literary journal's editorial network is spread across several Norwegian cities, as well as Copenhagen, Rome and Stockholm. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Taking control of the camera An array of photography and film, visual arts, theatre, mixed-media storytelling and online journalism is dispelling notions of refugees as voiceless victims. Almir Koldzic and Áine O'Brien report on new channels providing an antidote to mainstream media coverage of life as a refugee. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Almir Koldzic, Áine O'Brien en Mission interconnectedness It's easy to underestimate the time reserves and technical resources required to establish alternative networks. So wresting back the power that today's Internet giants wield will require investing serious thought in how to foster a social climate geared toward the success of such projects. [English version added] Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Konrad Becker, Josephine Berry Slater, Felix Stalder, Pauline van Mourik Broekman en Only one life Looking to move beyond the opposition between philosophy and the life sciences, Catherine Malabou insists on a political analysis of both branches of knowledge. The French philosopher turns to epigenetics and cloning as fields of research that can help bridge the gap between disciplines. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Catherine Malabou fr