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  • Swedish giants | Eurozine

    In Liberal Debatt, Thea Andersson calls for a break in the deadlock afflicting recent Swedish politics. At a time when Swedish governments are based on long and heavily negotiated agreements, forming fractious coalitions, words alone have lost their power. Andersson asks: ‘maybe we’re only looking for one person – a giant’. But is Sweden too small for political giants? Not…

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  • What has the internet ever done for us?

      “The year 1983 was crucial in many ways…” Walter Famler describes the geopolitical landscape in which the beginnings of a common publishing project emerged. From the Cold War division of  Europe arose a need to reach out and share ideas on the mutual challenges that lay ahead. The first-ever European Meeting of Cultural Journals was held on neutral ground…

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  • No longer in tune | Eurozine

    In 1827, while walking in the Sparrow Hills above Moscow, the poet Nikolay Ogarev (1813–1877) and the writer and philosopher Alexander Herzen (1812–1870) made an oath to one another that they would dedicate their lives to the struggle for freedom in Russia. Some years later, persecuted by a repressive state, both ended up emigrating to Europe, where they continued their…

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  • On fascization | Eurozine

    If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. George Orwell Are there any movements currently in power in Europe, or on their way to power, that can be called fascist? And if so, can those who support these movements also be called fascists? Objectively, in terms of actual practices and…

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  • The never-ending lessons of war

    How can we learn to live next to violent deaths, mass graves, and knowledge of rape and torture? When looking for an answer to this question, before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine yet after its occupation of Crimea and war in Eastern Ukraine, Nikita Kadan suggested we ‘measure contemporary art against the execution pit’. The artist wrote, ‘We have bones…

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  • Kinder des einundzwanzigsten Jahrhunderts

    ‚Obwohl die Zukunft der Jugend gehört, ist das Zukunftsdenken … eher eine Domäne der Älteren‘, schrieb Andrzej Siciński.A. Siciński, „Młodzi o roku 2000. Opinie, wyobrażenia, postawy“, Instytut Wydawniczy CRZZ, 1975, S. 139. Diese provokante Aussage des Soziologen geht auf eine Studie zurück, die er und ein Forschungsteam über die Zukunftsvisionen junger Menschen in Polen in der zweiten Hälfte der 1960er…

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  • Antisemitism, anti-Palestinian racism and Europe

    In May 2023, we published an essay in De Nederlandse Boekengids/The Dutch Review of Books about the responsibility of Europe and European institutions towards the situation in Israel and Palestine. This was a few months after the last Netanyahu cabinet took power in January 2023. We wanted to highlight what was at stake in Europe, addressing the complexity of the…

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  • A tradition of moral defiance

    Alexei Navalny is being mourned as Russia’s most daring, sophisticated and Western-looking politician. Yet Navalny’s political struggle with tyranny, which ended in an Arctic penal colony in what looks like state-sponsored murder, makes his ‘life and fate’ very Russian – part of a tradition of moral defiance against cruel and deceitful autocracy. A fated opponent Navalny would have been a…

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  • Russia’s future and the war

    1. Today, to talk about the future of Russia is like talking about life after death. Russia is in the midst of catastrophe, and horror grips us when we think of what Russia has already done, or what our compatriots have done in Ukraine in Russia’s name. I have two pictures saved on my Facebook page which I always see…

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  • El agua: de la escasez a la equidad

    En la actualidad se calcula que hay más de 3.500 millones de personas en el mundo que viven en regiones donde escasea el agua. Se prevé que esta cifra aumente a 5.000 millones de aquí al año 2050, dado que el cambio climático propicia la aparición de fenómenos extremos como las inundaciones y las sequías. De este modo, más de…

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