Philipp Ther looked at the transformation of European economies after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and in light of the 2008 economic crisis.
Part 3: Recall
Claus Leggewie discussed the future of protest movements with today’s leading activists: Helena Marschall (Fridays For Future, Germany), Radu Vancu, (‘We See You’ Movement, Romania) and Dóra Papp (civic campaigner, Hungary).
A Political matinee
In a Sunday morning discussion, Ivan Krastev and Holly Case looked at how the image of 1989 has transformed in contemporary politics.
The conference brought together representatives of Eurozine’s partner journals and associates, journalists, researchers and other culture and media professionals. Parts of the conference programme were open to the public and streamed live in Eurozine.
A conversation between Igor Pomerantsev and Peter Pomerantsev
Russia as the liberal unconscious, source of all that the West finds abject and unsettling? There is something to be said for this theory, says Peter Pomerantsev in conversation with his father Igor, the émigré dissident and poet. But where does it put the myth of central Europe as ‘kidnapped West’, not to mention contemporary Ukrainian occidentalism?
In eastern Europe, neoliberalism’s loss of legitimacy after 2008 benefits coalitions of rightwing populists, whose promise of stability addresses the psychological impact of the crisis on younger voters. These are citizens who have never experienced a shortage economy and who still aspire to a western quality of life.