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Cover for: A tradition of moral defiance

Alexei Navalny dared to challenge Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial regime. His decision to return to Moscow, where he faced certain arrest, was an expression of the moral perfectionism pursued by Russia’s literary intelligentsia.

Cover for: Russia’s future and the war

As the face of European idea in Russia, Navalny incorporated everything that the forces of revanchism in the country oppose. But anti-Europeanism is no more organic to Russian politics than its opposite. Sooner or later, the pendulum will swing back the other way.

Cover for: Greece’s next crisis

Recurring flooding and fires are putting Greece’s entire ecosystem at risk. In 2023 regions crucial to the country’s food supply were particularly affected. After a decade of severe recession, another national crisis appears to be only a matter of time.

Cover for: Nowhere to flee

Refugees coming to Europe face a de-humanizing process wrought with violence, both physical and structural. Protectionist rhetoric is being used to justify aggressive border regimes. And, in Gaza, already displaced civilians are being targeted while unable to leave Rafah –Israel’s escalation of bombardment, a breach of international human rights law.

Cover for: The ways we love

From sparkly consensual group hugs to dating apps to incels: the Valentine’s Day episode of Standard Time addresses how love changes people, and how people change love.

Cover for: Legally sanctioned homophobia in the EU

Despite Lithuania’s Europeanism, its policies on LGBTQ rights are sometimes closer to Russia’s. At the end of 2023, the Lithuanian parliament voted against amending the country’s notorious ‘gay propaganda’ law, in defiance of the European Court of Human Rights.

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‘Eurowhiteness’

Europe’s civilizational turn

From migration to foreign policy, Europe has undergone an identitarian shift. Both far-right politicians and pro-European voices are framing external influences as civilizational threats, reviving the link between Europe and whiteness.

Cover for: The limits of normality

Disability has always been part of the human condition; inclusion and accessibility are not favours to extend, but measures that would benefit everybody. Europe’s regulations are quite good, but practice often lags behind. On this episode of Standard Time, we discuss access, accommodation and attitudes.

Cover for: Feminism with a smile

In memory of Nada Ler Sofronić, the feminist voice pivotal in supporting a unified vision of Bosnia-Herzegovina, drawing on valuable experiences as an intellectual, whose engagement was with the whole of Yugoslavia and beyond.

Cover for: Bleaching blue collars

Socialist reform and modernization in post-WWII Poland opened the higher-education gate to underprivileged students. But early streaming to vocational school and societal expectations remained as barriers. What became of the working-class freshers who made it to the lofty heights of academia?

Cover for: Belarus and the ghosts of the wild hunt

The ongoing repression of Belarusian society now extends to the banning of literary works by Belarusian writers seen as seditious. The reason can only be that they offer the regime its true reflection, writes one of the country’s leading poets.

Cover for: Who will pay for the truth?

When content is freely available in droves, paying for journalism almost seems like a scam. Can journalists media outlets keep up with the changing landscape of information? Find out on this episode of Standard Time.

Cover for: Sudden entrepreneurs

Economic and political transformation post-1989 exposed state-planned technological production in the former GDR to global markets. Uncompetitive operations soon led to closures and mass unemployment. But some workers, taking the crisis into their own hands, regrouped to found innovative tech companies.

Cover for: A small World War

Russia’s passivity towards Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of Nagorno Karabakh marks a shift of power in the region with potentially wider consequences. It would not be the first time that the Kremlin’s fortunes have been decided in the South Caucasus.

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The euphoria of anti-fascists from WWII-occupied countries, meeting at international events, was a short-lived reprieve from oppression. Hungarian socialist groups, bringing women from all social classes together, went from publishing starstruck articles to testifying in Stalinist show trials, their solidarity forced into betrayal.

Cover for: Can we decommercialize housing?

European cities are a hotbed of real estate speculation and affordable housing is growing out of reach. Millennials and younger will not only not own homes, but are also losing their grip on renting. The new episode of Standard Time delves into the housing crisis.

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