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, 30 Aug 2015 13:54:40 +0200 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:54:40 +0200 feed me Pirate libraries Many of today's pirate libraries were born to address political, economic and social issues specific to Soviet and post-Soviet times, observes Bodó Balázs. They are now at the centre of a global debate on access to knowledge. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Bodó Balázs en The disconnect between religion and culture It is no longer possible to contrast a "secular" West with a "religious" East, writes Olivier Roy. Secularization and the de-culturation of religion are taking place in both East and West. The difference is the political forms that the de-culturated religions take. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Olivier Roy en Festival Dilema Veche Eurozine partner "Dilema Veche" (Romania) holds its annual celebration of European culture in the city of Alba Iulia from 21 to 23 August 2015. A lively and inspiring programme includes numerous live concerts and public readings, as well as film screenings and public debates. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Still outraged and seeking alternatives "Kultura Liberalna" discusses the new industrial revolution; "Blätter" predicts that the European divide will keep growing; "Samtiden" says Europe should count itself lucky; "openDemocracy" says the Greek crisis is all about Germany and France; "Soundings" seeks European alternatives; "La Revue nouvelle" considers why the wealthy hate the Greens; "L'Espill" asks whether Podemos and Catalanism can hook up; "Osteuropa" sets the record straight on Russian gas; and "Dialogi" celebrates the power of the documentary. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en The Brussels diktat It may well be that the Euro-Summit agreement of 12 July 2015 is forced through in a process at least as brutal, and even more divisive, than the extremities of the eurocrisis seen over the last five years. But even this does not necessarily preclude the renewal of European politics. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Étienne Balibar, Sandro Mezzadra, Frieder Otto Wolf en The people versus the elite There are many words that neoliberalism has emptied of content – democracy, social justice, citizenship, sovereignty – that can be reclaimed, filled with progressive ideas and used to drive change. So says Sirio Canos Donnay, an archaeologist and member of Podemos. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Sirio Canos Donnay en Notes on Greece In her contribution to the editorial in Soundings' summer issue, Syriza member Marina Prentoulis assesses the options for grassroots movements in a European Union that has lost sight of any notion of a "Social Europe"; a union determined to preserve a neoliberal agenda. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Marina Prentoulis en Grexit prevented, Europe irrevocably torn? The severity of Germany's approach to July's Euro-Summit, writes Steffen Vogel, has intensified the conflict between northern and southern Europe. Given Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble's chosen strategy, the centrifugal forces within the Union are only likely to grow stronger. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Steffen Vogel de Why have the Greens still not made it? What exactly is depriving the Greens of political success? Luc Van Campenhoudt wonders if their moral condemnation of luxury lifestyles has something to do with it; after all, the wealthier middle classes are accustomed to striking compromises when dealing with other political players. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Luc Van Campenhoudt fr The new "industrial revolution" Today's revolution in knowledge and service economies is every bit as dramatic as the revolution in the industrial economy during the nineteenth century, says Adrian Wooldridge. And it is displacing or disorientating workers in the same way too, but probably at an even faster rate. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Lukasz Pawlowski, Adrian Wooldridge en Who is to blame for the current chaos in the Middle East? The hope of the Arab Spring, as pro-democracy revolutions swept the Middle East, is now a distant memory, as the region remains in the grip of chaos and conflict. But where did it all go so wrong? Samira Shackle speaks to Jean-Pierre Filiu about the Arab counter-revolution and its jihadi legacy. Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Jean-Pierre Filiu, Samira Shackle en Protest by proxy Earlier this year, a hologram protest against Spain's new "gag law" was staged in Madrid. A proxy protest fit for the age of proxy politics? Boaz Levin and Vera Tollmann weigh up the options now that power increasingly enjoys a prerogative to obscurity, while political subjects are rendered increasingly transparent. Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Boaz Levin, Vera Tollmann en New Eurozine partner: Poeteka The Albanian quarterly "Poeteka" has joined the Eurozine Network. "Poeteka" entered Albania's cultural sphere in 2005. Ever since, a self-organizing group of writers, critics, translators, scholars, social activists and artists have published their works in its pages, which constitute a cultural movement just as much as a cultural journal. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en 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