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, 17 Apr 2014 20:24:20 +0200 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:24:20 +0200 feed me Europe and Ukraine: Past and future The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. On 25 May both Ukrainians and EU citizens can decide which way things will turn this time. Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Timothy Snyder en Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 en A tradition of nationalism In an article first published shortly before Viktor Orbán won his second term in office and Jobbik support soared in the April elections, János Széky outlines the historical roots of Hungarian nationalism and how the cult of national unity came to be written into the 2011 constitution. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 János Széky en Whoever shoots first loses "Krytyka" says the protests in Ukraine should make the EU realize it has a global mission; "Prostory" documents the Maidan; "Osteuropa" warns it's high time to focus on the Polish extreme Right; "New Eastern Europe" locates the last frontier of Kundera's Central Europe; "Free Speech Debate" says hate speech bans have no place in fully fledged democracies; "Spilne" anticipates a socialist moment in the western system; "Merkur" analyses the capitalist persona: from civilizing force to the root of all evil; "Kulturos barai" ponders how to survive technology; "Revolver Revue" refuses to forget the Jews lost to the Nazis but erased under Czech communism; and "Dilema veche" asks who's afraid of Romanians and Bulgarians? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en The movement on the march Poland's extreme right has long been ignored at home and abroad. Yet recent events reveal it is among the most dynamic of its kind in Europe, write Andreas Kahrs and Eva Spanka: the Warsaw "March of Independence" in November 2013, for example, attracted nearly 50,000 participants. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Andreas Kahrs, Eva Spanka de The warm cold winter Three months of Maidan have led to the victory of a spontaneous micro-economy over macro-corruption, writes Nataliya Tchermalykh. That is, the victory of an economy based on grassroots collaboration and policy, as a prerequisite for everyday life. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Nataliya Tchermalykh en Political mobilization and the world system In interview before Euromaidan commenced, Don Kalb discusses the future of capitalism in eastern Europe. Given the rise of China and India, and economic stagnation in the West, Kalb emphasizes the importance of political mobilization in both Ukraine and Russia. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Volodymyr Ishchenko, Don Kalb, Anastasia Riabchuk en Technology and consumership Today's media, combined with the latest portable devices, have pushed serious public discourse into the background and hauled triviality to the fore, according to media theorist Arthur W Hunt. And the Jeffersonian notion of citizenship has given way to modern consumership. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Arthur W Hunt III, Almantas Samalavicius en The case against hate speech bans Rejecting the classical liberal defences of free speech, Eric Heinze insists that the strongest case for free speech is grounded on specifically democratic principles. And that hate speech bans can never claim a legitimate role in fully fledged democracies. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eric Heinze en Oh where was he going? Francis Nenik relates the life of poet and anti-Apartheid activist Vincent Swart, who practised his politics in Cape Town and Johannesburg, published his poetry in Cambridge, drank brandy by the bottle and argued with his cousin, a future president of South Africa. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Francis Nenik de Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Jonathan Bousfield en The struggle never ends Even if a humane and just society is just a dream, it is not one that humanity can afford to give up on. Of this much Walter Famler, outgoing editor-in-chief of "Wespennest", remains convinced. A portrait in prose by former "Host" editor Marek Seckar. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Marek Seckar en Seven years with Munch Steffen Kverneland describes how the medium of the comic book opens up new approaches to biographies of artists. And how, in his graphic biography of Edward Munch, he lets a little light and air and humour liven up the sad, slightly dull atmosphere that tends to surround the painter. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Steffen Kverneland en Changes in the public sphere (1983-2013) In this article based on Fabiani's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2013, the sociologist situates the events of Zucotti Park and Tahrir Square in a continuum that points to how future innovation may enable a global public sphere to overcome democratic fatigue. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Jean-Louis Fabiani en Out to where storytelling does not reach To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgård on creating literature. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Karl Ove Knausgård en New Eurozine partner: pARTisan "pARTisan", the Minsk-based magazine of contemporary Belarusian culture and world art, has joined the Eurozine network. For over a decade, the magazine's editorial team headed up by Artur Klinau has published a unique blend of aesthetic and intellectual content. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en How to win Cold War II The West must start to put its long-term interests above the instant gratification of London bankers, German gas traders and real estate dealers all over Europe, who are yearning for Russian money. Then the new Cold War can be won, writes Vladislav Inozemtsev. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Vladislav Inozemtsev en Poland's gender dispute An anti-gender campaign initiated by the Roman Catholic Church in Poland made gender a permanent fixture on the front pages of Polish newspapers as 2013 drew to a close. Karolina Wigura and Jaroslaw Kuisz introduce a new series of articles from Kultura Liberalna. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Jaroslaw Kuisz, Karolina Wigura en Conservative backwardness Film director Agnieszka Holland considers the anti-gender campaign of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland a political attempt to cover up the Church's own problems; and contends that being a white, heterosexual, conservative Catholic Pole cannot be the only respectable way of living. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Agnieszka Holland, Lukasz Pawlowski en Gender in Catholic Poland: Beyond ideology? The Roman Catholic Church in Poland is not merely scaremongering about gender: it wishes to seriously reflect upon the topic, insists Marcin Nowak. And despite the potential of every idea, including liberalism and Christianity, to become an ideology, serious dialogue will follow. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Marcin Nowak, Tomasz Sawczuk en Why are the Vatican and Poland so far apart? As shallow as it is reductive, containing no attempt at scholarly or exegetic analysis: this is Piotr H. Kosicki's verdict on the pastoral letter published 29 December 2013 by Poland's Roman Catholic bishops, condemning "gender ideology". So just what were the bishops thinking? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Piotr H. Kosicki en The Jews and the Maidan The Maidan has provided a historic chance to build a modern political nation where Jews can be Ukrainians, writes Ukrainian editor and journalist Vitaliy Portnikov. The misleading stereotype that Ukrainian nationalism is by nature anti-Semitic can finally be laid to rest. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Vitaly Portnikov en Thinking creatively: From Darwin to BioArt In interview with Jörg Scheller, philosopher Wolfgang Welsch reveals the rigours of an evolutionary approach to questions of human culture and society. In doing so, Welsch outlines how, during the twentieth century, art begins to break through the anthropic cocoon. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Jörg Scheller, Wolfgang Welsch de Gülen, Erdogan and the AKP Ahead of local elections at the end of March and presidential elections in August, Tigrane Yegavian looks into the influence that the Gülen movement wields in Turkey and beyond; and why this puts it on a collision course with the ambitions of its former ally, prime minister Erdogan. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Tigrane Yegavian en Corporatizing activism Corporatization is transforming what activists and NGOs conceive of as being realistic and possible in terms of desirable change. Genevieve LeBaron and Peter Dauvergne examine recent trends that raise crucial issues about the future of global citizen action. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Peter Dauvergne, Genevieve LeBaron en Rising to the challenge of constitutional capture Despite being well aware of the stakes involved in member states such as Hungary, writes Jan-Werner Müller, the European Commission still lacks fully convincing instruments to deal with constitutional capture: a government's systematic weakening of checks and balances. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Jan-Werner Müller en Russian society in the light of the Maidan Poet and essayist Olga Sedakova takes her fellow Russian writers and intellectuals to task for responding with silence to the light emanating from the Maidan: a light of hope, of solidarity and of rehabilitated humanity. A light that Russia would do well to see itself in. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Olga Sedakova en Between hegemony and mistrust Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the impact of Beppe Grillo's blog on Italian politics reveal how "Internet democracy" has opened a new phase of democratic innovation. The relationship between citizens and politicians may never be the same again. [English version added] Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Nadia Urbinati en When TV regimes kick in "Res Publica Nowa" slams liberal pacifism; "NAQD" greets a resurgent pan-Africanism; "Merkur" anticipates a golden future for quality TV; "New Humanist" rises above it; "Ny Tid" gives Rotten Tomatoes a low rating; "Osteuropa" wonders what happened to eastern Europe's generation X; "Genero" assesses the impact of recession on women in Serbia; "Vikerkaar" addresses the question of evil; "La Revue nouvelle" examines social phobias; and "Blätter" publishes Habermas' latest reflections on the limits of the nation-state. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Democracy in ruins Alain Joxe deals with the logic of domination, as played out in the Middle East and North Africa right up until the era of financial globalization: in which states and subjects now find themselves caught between managed militarism and the immaterial mastery of credit. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Alain Joxe fr