Poland: a stable partner of China in Europe 

The shrinking “16+1” group will not leave Poland anytime soon. At the end of July, Polish President Andrzej Duda had a phone call with Chinese President and General Secretary of …

Energy and existence

PEN Ukraine conversations With Russia closing its gas pipeline to Europe, predicted economic downturns have hit the markets. Skyrocketing energy bills mean production cuts and job losses, as well as …

“Honey for the dead”

“Honey for the dead”   “A period of enforced mourning” The bees at the checkpoints Honey for the dead   Michael March

Death of the Queen

Queen Elizabeth has died. Through her demeanor, propriety, steadfastness and unwavering service — and simply by being there for so many years — Queen Elizabeth came to define the constitutional monarch …

Fighting for Roma identity

This year’s Venice Biennale proudly features a Roma Pavilion. But Roma people are still often underrepresented. Romania’s recent population census was an opportunity for minorities to acknowledge their identity, and …

Strategies of unimaginable crime

While Zelensky calls for Ukrainian civilians to flee eastern Donetsk, under ongoing attack from Russia’s military, Putin maintains that his forces are liberating the region. Propaganda that turns conflict into …

The arc of world war memories

War memorials and faded names on plaques have lost their power to remind us of battlefield realities in the past. We need new ways to make us remember, force us …

Restoring masculinity

Today’s world once again demands strength and the ability to defend oneself. But these manly virtues have almost disappeared from the lives of boys and men. Modern men should be …

Guilt and repentance in Berlin

Hans-Hermann Tiedje, former advisor to Helmut Kohl, has entered the debate about German culpability in the current war in Ukraine. It is the biggest mistake in the history of the …

When self care is guilty pleasure

Testimonies of women in war Who can focus on interior design after the massacres of Mariupol, Borodyanka and Bucha? Ukrainian women tell how their relationships with self-care, beauty and consumerism were …

Migrant women staying behind

Out of cities and work, India´s working women struggle to rebuild their lives.  Millions of internal migrants were sent back to their homes across India since the first coronavirus lockdowns. …

When vegetarians get a craving for meat

The war in Ukraine is strengthening Europe’s internal constitutionalism. It redefines the East-West divide and replaces the conventional Cold War narrative with one of decolonization. In 1995, American anthropologist Clifford …

No empire without end

Putin’s Ukraine war is drawing a curtain on ‘Pax Rossica’, the notion that Russia can dominate the post-Soviet Eurasian landmass. The Kremlin’s strategy has changed since it failed to gain …