Eurozine Review

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Cover for: Italy out of step

Italy out of step

Il Mulino 3/19

In il Mulino, Stefano Feltri compares Merkel and Sarkozy’s lack of confidence in Berlusconi’s reforms in 2011 with the spectacle of Salvini rubbing shoulders with Le Pen, Wilders, et al. Both were ‘unequivocally images of Italy’s isolation in Europe. In the past this was hard to bear and always denied, but now it is proclaimed with pride.’

Cover for: The Zelensky phenomenon

The Zelensky phenomenon

Osteuropa 3-4/2019

In ‘Osteuropa’, political scientists and journalists speculate on Ukraine’s ‘president without qualities’. The familiar cycle of hope and disappointment turbo-charged by social media’s disruptive technology. Also, a dossier on the sociology of the war in Ukraine.

Cover for: The Czech love affair with the North

Host looks at the Czech fascination with the Nordic countries, which predates the Scandi-noir craze by more than a century. Also, two Wikimedians parse the EU’s Digital Single Market Guidance, arguing that it will change the way the internet works – at least for
individual users.

Cover for: Art and politics in Erdogan’s Turkey

The reaction of artists and celebrities to the result of the re-run Istanbul municipal elections, in which Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party lost to the opposition CHP, leads Varlık to explore the complex relationship between art and politics. At the centre of the issue is the question: ‘Which is more political: the artist or their work?’

Cover for: Protecting justice against new threats

Protecting justice against new threats

Index on Censorship 2/2019

Democracy is about more than ‘one person, one vote’, says novelist Robert Harris in Index on Censorship. In this issue, authors from Brazil, Hungary, Venezuela, and elsewhere, look at how new populist regimes hamstring democratic life by taking control of judicial systems.

Cover for: Fragile hopes for philosophy

Fragile hopes for philosophy

Dialogi 3–4/2019

‘The neoliberal era of financial capitalism, the ideology of consumerism and the mentality of nihilism’ have transformed the traditional role of philosophy, argues Dialogi editor Boris Vezjak. In a themed issue, Slovenian authors inquire what happened to philosophers as public intellectuals.

Cover for: Not a good place to be in

Czech magazine A2 profiles Slovak investigative journalist and novelist Árpád Soltész, whose new book ‘Swine’, inspired by the Kuciak affair, has caused a publishing sensation. Also, a sober assessment of the Million Moments for Democracy movement, and a discussion of the politicization of folklore in Hungary.

Cover for: What money cannot buy

What money cannot buy

Esprit 7-8/2019

Esprit’s summer issue, edited by Camille Riquier, considers the idea that capitalism has replaced God with money. Because the thirst for wealth ignores the blood of the poor, the community of money is based on a breach of trust. Do new currencies make a difference? Can we make money visible again, and hence master it?

Cover for: Who exactly are ‘We the People’?

In the latest issue of Czas Kultury, Anna Paprzycka makes the case for programming languages to be credited as a means of artistic production. In a second focus, the terms ‘people’, ‘nation’ and ‘race’ are scrutinized.

Cover for: Understanding Rome

Understanding Rome

il Mulino 2/2019

‘Whoever cultivates the vocation of politics must have a sensibility for human idiosyncrasy,’ writes il Mulino; ‘for the flashes of light and the layers of dirt, for the unexpected failures and sudden scrambles that make it unpredictable.’ And this is even more true of one of the most unpredictable of cities, Rome.

Cover for: Greeting Algeria’s second independence

In its June issue on ‘The Algerian uprising’, Esprit pays tribute to the democratic and non-violent movement that started on 22 February 2019. The whole nation, carried by its youth, demanded the end of a corrupt and authoritarian regime. The concern for democratic dignity allows Algeria to recover its historical consciousness.

Cover for: Liberalism’s red lines

Liberalism’s red lines

Merkur 6/2019

In the June issue of ‘Merkur’, Jan-Werner Müller responds to advocates of ‘talking to the right’. Liberals need to enter the political fray and try to win over their illiberal opponents. However, liberalism must also define its red lines when engaging with populists.

Cover for: Potato poetry

Potato poetry

Varlik 6/2019

Drawing on Erdoğan’s war on the prices of certain agricultural produce, the June issue of the Turkish journal Varlik explores the politics of the potato.

Cover for: A continent divided by experience

‘Ord&Bild’ thinks long-term about Europe; ‘New Humanist’ laments New Atheism’s irrationalist legacy; ‘Mittelweg 36’ explores new directions in the sociology of violence; ‘L’Homme’ reads historical case studies of ecstatics and intersexuals; and ‘Revista Crítica’ looks back at Afro-Yugoslav film and post-colonial solidarities.

Cover for: The European common good

‘Blätter’ says don’t blame the Eurocrats; ‘Letras Libres’ considers the crisis of authority; ‘Springerin’ conceptualizes the backlash; ‘New Eastern Europe’ sees work ahead for the European Partnership; and ‘Cogito’ reads the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ to understand planetary catastrophe.

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