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 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:22:11 +0100 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:22:11 +0100 feed me Vienna has fallen! How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Carl Henrik Fredriksson en Another music! Or no music at all! "Dilema veche" says Romania's new president had better lead the country out of the swamp; "Krytyka" invests its hopes for Ukraine in a new generation; in "Vikerkaar", Rein Müllerson says increasing western pressure on Russia is a mistake; "New Eastern Europe" takes stock of the Maidan one year on, and celebrates literary Krakow; "Blätter" publishes Jaron Lanier's 2014 Peace Prize speech; "Polar" considers debt not a curse but a blessing; "Arena" notes how a feminist party has changed Swedish politics; "Dérive" inspects the "safe city"; in "Kulturos barai", Sajay Samuel warns of the perils of checking your smartphone; and "Multitudes" scopes out the anthropo-scene. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Open city calling! The dominant public discourse on security, and associated legislative measures, can't be allowed to jeopardize the free movement of people and ideas that contributes so much to the unique atmosphere of urban spaces. Johanna Rolshoven makes the case for the open city. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Johanna Rolshoven de Geopolitics dressed in the language of law and morals Reckless military interventions in other countries' affairs are becoming the norm globally. So what hope for international law? After all, argues Rein Müllerson, when it comes to bending and breaching international law, Russia has no lack of excellent examples to follow. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Rein Müllerson en The spirit of '89 The democratic promise made on 9 November 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, has never seemed further from being fulfilled globally than today. Albrecht von Lucke concludes that, tragically, it's as if the brutality of the Tiannanmen Square massacre on 4 June set the tone for what followed. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Albrecht von Lucke de Debt: Bring it on! The nature of debt is often misunderstood, argues Mark Schieritz. Were the state to come to its senses and create the right kind of economic climate, there'd be less need for outrage á la Stéphane Hessel and more sensible opportunities to take on some conventional debt. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Mark Schieritz de Notes from a technoscape Why is it that those in power cannot think outside the categories of economics and techno-science when faced with the spectre of widespread joblessness and natural disasters caused by an excessive reliance on techno-science? Sajay Samuel says it's time to stop and reflect. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Almantas Samalavicius, Sajay Samuel en A musician of words In interview, Krakow poet Ewa Lipska offers a rich portrait of her homeland's literary heritage: from fighting the communist regime, when books were everything and some poetry volumes had print runs of 10,000, to writing this year for the Polish rapper O.S.T.R. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ewa Lipska, Lukasz Wojtusik en Reflections on 1914/2014 Memories of World War I are being recycled, restaged and transformed for the future. And a common historical frame allowing European nations to remember their stories collectively is within reach: an opportunity we cannot afford to squander, writes Aleida Assmann. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Aleida Assmann en Europe's twin dangers Should anti-democratic populism continue to cast a shadow across the continent, Europe may well succumb to a creeping process of disintegration, warns Jan-Werner Müller. Now is the time for renewed political engagement, if Europe's democracies are not to start slowly corroding from within. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Jan-Werner Müller en Livestreams from the European public sphere Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, this year's Central European Forum addresses the entrenched polarization of societies across the former Eastern bloc and beyond. Debates from the Forum continue to be livestreamed on Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk, Monday 17 November, from 11:00 to 16:00 CET. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals held in Italy The new European debate on laws, borders and human rights was the subject of this year's Eurozine conference, held in Conversano from 3 to 6 October, and co-organized by La Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vagno and Eurozine partner journal "Lettera internazionale". The conference gathered over 100 editors and intellectuals from all over Europe. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Literatur im Herbst 2014 looks to the North The Literatur im Herbst festival 2014 takes place in Vienna from 7 to 9 November. Over three days, 14 authors read from their works and talk about the heroes, ideals and illusions associated with some of Europe's northernmost territories, the borders of which seem to shift ceaselessly. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en A centre receding "Glänta" remaps migration; "Wespennest" heads north; "Mittelweg 36" engages in animal politics; in "Blätter" Marc Engelhardt slams the snail's pace of the Global North's response to Ebola; "Esprit" discerns the rehabilitation of the public sphere in Mediterranean youth uprisings; in "Letras Libres" Mark Lilla asks if there's a Plan B for non-democracies; "Res Publica Nowa" says that what Poland needs now is creativity; and "A2" finds the morphing of lit crit into advertising copy distasteful. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Finland, Lapland, Russia and me The Tornio River forms the border between Sweden and Finland, and flows into the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Throughout the ages, writes Rosa Liksom, the world's travellers have navigated the river with a view to finding out about the mystical North. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Rosa Liksom en Animals in parliament? It's not so much that animals must have certain qualities to be capable of being represented, writes Svenja Ahlhaus. It's rather that their representatives must have certain capabilities and insights at their disposal in order to be able to represent animals at all. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Svenja Ahlhaus de Mediterranean youth uprisings What unites recent uprisings on both sides of the Mediterranean is the profile of their actors: mostly young, educated middle class people. And perhaps for the first time in decades, they have been able to mobilize around the issues that matter to them, writes Hugues Lagrange. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Hugues Lagrange fr Degrowth: Birth of a movement? Can the concept of degrowth really support the good life? Or will it remain a radical but politically inconsequential gesture of the ecolibertarian middle class? Political economist Ulrich Brand assesses whether or not the idea's time has come. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ulrich Brand de The pioneers of global gentrification Does anyone feel genuinely at home in the age of global gentrification? Probably not, writes Agri Ismail, certainly not if the experience of the Kurdish diaspora is anything to go by. But so long as a Swedish song plays in an Irish pub in a chain hotel in Kurdistan, a sense of security remains. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Agri Ismail en Kultura Liberalna and Index on Censorship livestreams Two debates organized by Eurozine partner journals will be livestreamed, including on Eurozine sister site Time to Talk. "Kultura Liberalna" debates youth unemployment in Europe and, to launch its autumn issue, "Index on Censorship" asks: will the future of journalism mean we are better informed? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en We do not prefer Facebook Let's not confuse contemporary social atomization with freedom as a complex project that requires some degree of cooperation and mutual support, says César Rendueles. And reject, once and for all, the technological ideology that extols cooperation and community building only when these are mediated by digital technologies. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Geert Lovink, César Rendueles en Evading power Sonja Pyykkö speaks to György Dragomán about the inspiration for his highly successful novel "The White King", which has been translated into at least 28 languages and draws on the author's experience of growing up in a totalitarian state, near the border between Romania and Hungary. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Sonja Pyykkö en This revolutionary moment "Index" looks into the future of journalism; "Transit" keeps alive the memory of the Maidan; in "Syn og Segn", climate optimist Kristin Halvorsen calls for a global price tag on pollution; "Kulturos barai" talks to urban ecologist Warren Karlenzig; "Rigas Laiks" congratulates Reykjavik's first anarchist mayor; "Merkur" discusses photography and the definition of artistic value; "La Revue nouvelle" braces itself for more European political deadlock; "Kritiikki" profiles Russian émigré author Sergei Dovlatov; and "Nova Istra" remembers the Croatian émigré poet Viktor Vida. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Winds of urban change From the rewilding of London's Upper Lea Valley to performance indicator software to manage 663 of China's largest cities, Warren Karlenzig knows more than most about urban sustainability projects. Yet he's never been as daunted as now by the unfathomable scale of today's cities. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Warren Karlenzig, Almantas Samalavicius en Really great art Art historians may profit from publications that simply reinforce decisions made in art markets and institutions as to the value of art. But their discipline, the public and works of art tend to lose out as a result. Jan von Brevern unveils the latest threat to photography. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Jan von Brevern de Sergei Dovlatov, a dissident sans idea All but invisible in his home country, Sergei Dovlatov was something of a mythical figure among the Russian diaspora of New York. Indeed, Vladimir Yermakov compares the conundrum of Dovlatov's life as a writer to Escher's composition of two hands simultaneously drawing one another. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Vladimir Yermakov en Parting ways The path of never-ending compromise has led traditional political parties into a cul-de-sac, writes political scientist Vincent de Coorebyter. They shall have to completely break with their old ways if the alienation that thrives in the ruins of representative democracy is to be overcome. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Vincent de Coorebyter fr Should Hitler's "Mein Kampf" be republished? The German copyright on "Mein Kampf" expires in 2015, renewing debate on whether it should be reprinted. Sascha Feuchert, of German PEN, believes an academic version is vital. Charlotte Knobloch, former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, is of a different opinion. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Sascha Feuchert, Charlotte Knobloch en About things certain and uncertain Every system has its flaws and every flaw can be exploited any time. Hence the permanent need for updates. But as Russia takes its revenge in eastern Ukraine, what does the future hold? Oksana Forostyna remains optimistic about the chances of modest success, at the very least. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Oksana Forostyna en The technology of negative mobilization How can it be that, in contrast to the international community, virtually no one in Russia believed that Russian-backed separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in July? Beyond press censorship, Lev Gudkov looks to Russians themselves, who increasingly hear only what they want to. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Lev Gudkov en