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 Wed, 27 May 2015 23:53:29 +0200 Wed, 27 May 2015 23:53:29 +0200 feed me Of hamsters and vultures The global debate on how to handle sovereign debt shows that predatory behaviour has become an issue for countries around the world. And in the acute situation in Argentina, writes Martin Schürz, there should be no illusions as to where economic power actually lies. [English version added] Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Martin Schürz en "Tragedy" and responsibility in the Mediterranean The European Union plans to use costly military operations to suppress refugee mobility, write Mariagiulia Giuffré and Cathryn Costello. This means, in short, responding to those fleeing war, repression and human rights abuses with more of the same. So what are the alternatives? Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Cathryn Costello, Mariagiulia Giuffré en French Republican values and free speech Claiming free speech as a "Republican", "French" or "western" value by conjuring a mythical pantheon of canonical Enlightenment figures will not help us build more inclusive societies. So says Arthur Asseraf, in reconsidering France's track record as a beacon of press freedom. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Arthur Asseraf en Leviathan killed Boris Nemtsov A postmodern media strategy has so far sustained an optimal level of intrigue and mystery around Boris Nemtsov's assassination, writes Luke Harding. But what one can say with certainty is this: in Putin's Russia, troublesome critics of the Kremlin have an uncanny habit of ending up dead. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Luke Harding en Now's a good moment for the essay! The essay is a fantastic mode of expression in uncertain times, says Phillip Lopate. It's like planting a flag in the middle of all the chaos. But it has to have the power to carry the reader from one side to the other, adds Lopate, it cannot be merely a collection of free associations. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Phillip Lopate, Naief Yehya es In a time of emergency laws The practice of targeted killings in the war on terror, writes Sven Opitz, makes a mockery of received notions of due process in liberal states. Welcome to the global battlespace, in which a creeping new military urbanism is becoming ever more tangible. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Sven Opitz de Tröglitz, and the spread of pragmatic racism The case of an independent mayor requiring police protection, after he offered accommodation to refugees in his community, made national headlines in Germany. David Begrich condemns the discrepancy between numerous local initiatives to help refugees, and the dearth of wider public support. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 David Begrich de Perfect for television "New Eastern Europe" has the lowdown on Leviathan's elimination of Boris Nemtsov; "openDemocracy" says talk of tragedy in the Mediterranean will end when taking responsibility begins; in "Blätter", Naomi Klein urges opponents of austerity to join forces with campaigners for climate justice; "Free Speech Debate" questions France's track record as a beacon of free speech; "Mittelweg 36" tries to keep the emotions in check, as the war on terror rages on; "Fronesis" sees a need for a movement of sameness rather than of difference; "La Revue nouvelle" contemplates the limits to autonomy; "Magyar Lettre" takes a trip through the Slovakian literary landscape; "Host" examines the Czech connection in the life and works of Philip Roth; and "Letras Libres" presents a late portrait of Tomas Tranströmer. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Security versus freedom: A misleading trade-off In the wake of the technological revolution that is the Internet, writes Ilija Trojanow, principles of self-organization and collaboration might be expected to replace established hierarchies and concentrations of power. Instead, the technologies of surveillance now available to states have never been more intrusive. Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Ilija Trojanow en When Stalin was Hitler's ally As Russia revives the tradition of wars of aggression on European territory, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as good foreign policy. But why violate now what was for so long a Soviet taboo? Timothy Snyder explains. Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Timothy Snyder en Russia's never-ending war against "fascism" Seventy years after the end of World War II, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, the fight for hegemony in Europe continues -- disguised as a conflict of historical master narratives. The beginning of the current round of memory wars in the post-Soviet space can be dated back to 2005, when the sixtieth anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany turned into a loyalty test for the politicians of neighbouring countries. Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Tatiana Zhurzhenko en History, remembrance and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact Seventy years after the end of World War II, Dietmar Müller and Stefan Troebst consider the pact that started it. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact has remained the subject of fierce controversy, right up until Russia's annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine. Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Dietmar Müller, Stefan Troebst de Of punks and dumpster divers "Wespennest" discovers a wealth of high-end subject matter in junk; "Critique and Humanism" samples eastern European youth cultures; "dérive" has the latest on speculative urbanism from Belgrade Waterfront; "Osteuropa" discerns a torn country in Ukraine; "Dilema veche" recalls the discovery of civil society in Romania; "Akadeemia" reveals a productive affinity between the unnatural and cultural theory; "Free Speech Debate" asks, can a book be too dangerous for the public? and "Sodobnost" proves that literature cannot be contained, stopped or rationed. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Russia, Ukraine and the West In the event that the West musters even a semblance of unity in response to the destruction of eastern Ukraine, Mark N. Katz has some suggestions as to possible courses of action. Not that any of these can be considered in isolation from Vladimir Putin's possible goals. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Mark N. Katz en Report from Belgrade Waterfront Four activist scholars report on the multi-billion euro Belgrade Waterfront development in Serbia. As the government's deficit reaches an all-time high and radical cuts in public financing are forced through, this is a project, they write, that looks like economic suicide. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Iva Cukic, Dubravka Sekulic, Ljubica Slavkovic, Ana Vilenica en The unnatural and cultural theory In a world where the natural and the unnatural emerge as shifting configurations of matter and meaning, cultural theory can and should expand its frame of reference beyond what the "natural sciences" have left over, to embrace the spectrum of phenomena in which culture is cultivated. [Estonian version added] Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Kadri Kasemets, Franz Krause, Anne Kull, Tarmo Pikner, Maaris Raudsepp en Can a book be too dangerous for the public? To some, writes Sebastian Huempfer, a republication of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" symbolizes a triumph of liberty over hatred. To others, it demonstrates how much forbearance liberal democracies demand from their most vulnerable citizens and how much space they give to their own enemies. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Sebastian Huempfer en Of hamsters and vultures The global debate on how to handle sovereign debt shows that predatory behaviour has become an issue for countries around the world. And in the acute situation in Argentina, writes Martin Schürz, there should be no illusions as to where economic power actually lies. [English version added] Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Martin Schürz de The trashing of life Whether you frequent discount grocery stores or organic food shops, clothing discounters or designer boutiques, you can't help noticing that the fabric of society is becoming increasingly frayed, argues Dennis Eversberg. Meanwhile, the demand for casual labour on junk wages remains high. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Dennis Eversberg de Unlike in Monty Python's "Life of Brian" Martin Aust responds to Anna Veronika Wendland's criticism that German scholars of eastern European history have so far largely failed to deliver anything like watertight expertise in the public debate about conflict in eastern Ukraine. Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Martin Aust de Wojciech Przybylski assumes post of Editor-in-Chief On 1 May, Wojciech Przybylski took up his new post as Editor-in-Chief of Eurozine, after a successful spell at the prestigious Polish journal "Res Publica Nowa". Commenting on what the future holds, Przybylski sets out his vision for Eurozine amid the challenges and controversies of our time. Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en The empire's Siberian knots Siberia survives as a single name for a territory covering two-thirds of Russia. Yet it comprises well over a dozen regions, republics and territories. Look at how the borders of Siberia were defined, writes Mikhail Rozhanskiy, and you grasp the imperial nature of Russia's social space. [Russian version added] Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Mikhail Rozhanskiy en Between truth and power Who has the power to write Europe's narrative? At an event in the National Library of Latvia, Riga, that coincides with Latvia's presidency of the Council of the EU, leading scholars and writers discuss the role of authors in building and changing Europe. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en 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