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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:13:11 +0100

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Agent hunting

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The so-called "agents law" passed in 2012 has been ramped up since the revolution in Ukraine, making it practically impossible for NGOs receiving financial support from abroad to function. Whether it remains possible to advocate for democratic values in Russia depends on political decision-making both in Russia and the West.

"Us" and "Them"

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Russia has been described as the second largest country of immigration after the US. Until recently, however, both host society and immigrants were part of the same political and cultural community. This process of "othering" affects different groups in different ways.

Caught in the geopolitical crossfire

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The new Cold War is a dead end in the labyrinth of world history, writes Achim Engelberg. It cannot resolve current contradictions in Russia, Ukraine or elsewhere. So what are the alternatives for upholding democracy, an independent Ukraine and peace in Europe? [German version added]

Utopian dreams beyond the border

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The refugee crisis has re-opened the gap between East and West. What Europe is witnessing today is not what Brussels describes as a lack of solidarity, but a clash of solidarities: national, ethnic and religious solidarity, writes Ivan Krastev. [Russian version added]

Neoliberalism and higher education in Central Europe

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Recent cuts in higher education spending fuels the commodification of knowledge, the precarization of academic work, and de-solidarization within the scienitific community. Slovenian ethnomusicologist Ana Hofman in conversation with the Lithuanian journal Kulturos barai.

The ordinary state of emergency

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Varlik discusses emergency and self-censorship; Blätter interviews Jürgen Habermas about the task of the Left; Vikerkaar shines the light on reactionary populism; Merkur considers citizenship still the best guarantee of freedom; Transit honours Charles Taylor; Multitudes enters the shared world of refugee camps; springerin examines the aporias of solidarity; Esprit addresses France's prison problem; Kulturos barai talks about neoliberal higher education policy in central Europe; Wespennest goes back to the USSR; and Glänta tours Retrotopia.

The failure of the political centre ground

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

There is a no-man's-land between European post-democracy and national democracy that largely consists of grand coalitions of the political centre. It is here that European populism is flourishing and will continue to do so. [Estonian version added]

Taking responsibility

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Russian society avoids taking legal responsibility for Soviet crimes through a quasi-religious sense of repentance. Society can only break the vicious cycle of depersonalized guilt when it accepts its own historical failure to resist totalitarianism. [German version added]

Picking up the pieces

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Trump's win was far from unpredictable: the Clinton campaign failed to take popular resentment seriously. Whether or not Trump follows up on all of his many election promises, more conflict can be expected.

When populism overruns its borders

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Hawk or dove? Donald Trump's synthesis of populist isolationism and nationalist triumphalism produces an erratic and unpredictable stance on America's international role. The foreign policies of populist precedents provide clues as to how Trump thinks about the rest of the world.

Utopian dreams beyond the border

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

The refugee crisis has re-opened the gap between East and West. What Europe is witnessing today is not what Brussels describes as a lack of solidarity, but a clash of solidarities: national, ethnic and religious solidarity, writes Ivan Krastev. [Russian version added]

Cut to the chase

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Whatever happens on 8 November, one thing is certain: the large bloc of disaffected voters represented by Donald Trump will not go away. His popularity reveals the fragility and entrenchment of the American democratic system, writes George Blecher.

Alone and tired

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In the latest of his Battle Dispatches from the electoral front, George Blecher visits the heartlands of the Trump vote in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio and begins to get to the heart of The Donald's appeal.

Carpets and ceramics

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

A supposed dichotomy between Islam and Europe means that representations of European cultural heritage exclude Islam. Despite multiculturalist avowals, European museums reproduce the orientalism of the nineteenth century, argues curator Klas Grinell.

The dissident history of trees

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Environmental protests in Russia combine rule of law arguments with cultural and moral dimensions. Jane Costlow traces the hidden history of environmentalism in Russia and looks at one contemporary example: the Dubki park protests in Moscow.

The limits of solidarity

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The success of Germany's anti-immigration party signals a mood-swing in public debate on the refugee crisis. The solidarity expressed by Angela Merkel's 'We can manage' has given way to something much less generous, writes Daniel Leisegang.

The silence of political liberalism

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Deprived of its normative core and disappointed in its hopes for universal justice, contemporary liberalism is mute in the face of current conflicts and crises. Regina Kreide seeks reasons for liberal theory's loss of relevance in today's violent, chaotic and radically unequal world. [English version added]

Into the gutter

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In his latest dispatch from the frontline of the US election campaign, George Blecher watches as the candidates unearth the dirt in each other's pasts. Policy he asks, what's that? Forget it.

The decline of liberal democracy in Europe's midst

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Fidesz's constitutional counter-revolution has reversed the process of democratization begun in Hungary in 1989. Seeking reasons for Hungary's 'backsliding', Gábor Halmai argues that democratic culture is more crucial than formal legality to guaranteeing rule of law. Hungary challenges the EU's ability to prevent illiberal democracies emerging in its midst.

The art of lying

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Duck and dodge, wheel and deal, lies, lies and precious few facts or statistics. In the second of his Battle Dispatches covering the US elections, George Blecher explains how lying – or what he calls 'evasive rhetoric' – has become the campaign's central issue on both sides.

The roots of hate

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The assumption that self-loathing is the root of homophobia ignores the fact that heterosexuals are more than capable of anti-gay damage, and is a convenient absolution for straight people. Alex Macpherson criticizes media fascination with the supposed homosexuality of Omar Mateen.

Sexual violence: An introduction

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Public debate about sexual violence does not guarantee that society confronts what is done to those who experience it, writes Gaby Zipfel. In order to understand public debate about sexual violence, we need to analyse who speaks and what is and isn’t spoken about.

Vienna has fallen!

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. [Swedish version added]

Beware the destruction of the state!

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In his recent book Black Earth, the historian Timothy Snyder analyses the Holocaust in terms of the destruction of the state. The Nazi and Soviet regimes had a comparable role in causing the Holocaust, despite their different ideologies and intentions, he argues.

The ugly Americans

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

It's about to get rough and with all still to play for. The big question in the following weeks will be how Hillary handles herself under the pressure of Trump's coming barrage. In the first of his US election 'Battle Dispatches', George Blecher challenges Hillary to come out fighting.

Moving Stories

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

One issue alone came to determine the result in the recent UK referendum: Migration, not the economy, stupid -- comments Judith Vidal-Hall in her account of a recent anthology exploring Britain's history as a place of refuge.

On a possible triangulation of some present political positions

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

It is fair to say that what is called globalization used to be built on the unexamined premise that the whole planet will end up modernizing toward some convergent omega point called the Globe. This is no longer the case - observes Bruno Latour in a lecture given in May 2016 at Humboldt University, Berlin.

The future council

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Decisions on large-scale infrastructure projects and sustainable energy development must draw on dialogue-based processes. "Future councils" can provide a basis for political identity and clarify the implications that large infrastructure projects have at a local level. [German version added]

On the borders of solidarity

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The debate on migration is dominated by economics and culture, while only the ethical approach reveals the question of power, writes Phillip Cole. The Left must understand anxieties about immigration while contesting beliefs based on untruths.

The presidential primaries: A guide to the coming chaos

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The US presidential primaries may have appeared to be a cross between a circus and a caricature of a reality show, but don't be misled, says George Blecher, the real show has yet to take place. The campaign between the two most unpopular candidates ever to stand for President will be brutal.