Marie Luise Knott

was born in 1953 in Köln, Germany. She lives and works in Berlin. Former editor-in-chief of the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique. She has edited essays of Hannah Arendt and writes on contemporary art.


"That was my Beresina"

Producing an international monthly of French origin in German

Speech held at the 17th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
The Republic of Letters? Cultural journals in a European public space
Tallinn, Estonia 14-17 May 2004

What would it take to create a truly European publication? As Marie Luise Knott, editor of the German Le monde diplomatique, demonstrates, such a task is far from easy: Newspaper and reading habits are so ingrained in the national mythology of a nation that they do not translate readily into a concept of a “European” newspaper.