Today’s Russia: State-controlled Lies, All Lies

The Russian Federation has been using different ways to influence the domestic affairs of European countries and manipulate Russian public opinion. Russian state channels are flagship tools for both of …

Unaccountable Europe

How (un)democratic is the EU? Democracy is being denied by the EU’s leaders. At fault are not ‘Brussels bureaucrats’ but the member states and their representatives. Lack of transparency makes …

Slow Motion Putsch

Sometimes things get clearer with distance; step away from a pointillist painting, and what appeared as chaos begins to take shape. Since moving to this country – a country I’ve …

The new identity politics

Rightwing populism and the demand for dignity   Francis Fukuyama’s argument that far-right identity politics were pioneered by the left has been criticized as blame-shifting. But this is a partial …

Repairing trust in federation

In the run up to the European Parliamentary elections in May, editors from the Eurozine network will be reporting on national debates from across the EU. First up in the …

Who can make Ukraine great again?

The lack of ideological distinctions between Ukraine’s presidential candidates may allow them to be responsive to citizens’ needs, however it has also led to populist short-termism. With liberal, modernizing platforms …

Brexit Is Hell

Over time, public conceptions of hell have migrated from the realm of religious belief to that of literature and political aphorism. And nowhere is the idea of eternal damnation as …

Intellectual paths in central Europe

How can intellectuals of central Europe maintain their moral principles and independence, yet support democracy, in an age when the region is again traversing a rocky road paved with nationalism …

The “full truth” is unobtainable

Ideal journalist characteristics by John Lloyd. The speakers at the Journalists’ Forum that took place at Kasárna Karlín on 15 November 2018 also included British journalist John Lloyd from Financial …

The Curious Case of Paul N. Whelan

How likely is it that Paul Whelan is an American spy? At the end of December 2018 Russian authorities announced the arrest of Paul Whelan. He had received a USB …

Four numbers for 2019

Four statistics from 2018 portent trends for 2019. All have to do with human health, and none of them are good. 22 million Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, …