A key country

  Osteuropa focuses on the ‘key country’ of the Czech Republic: with articles on the state of democracy and the transformation of the party system as mirror of wider processes. …

The power of empty terms

Unlike a historical dispute or ideological debate, the ‘politics of morality’ is primarily about power, a concept with American origins, now playing out in Europe. But what lies even further …

Rome and Beijing: Divorce Italian style?

Italy’s enthusiasm for Chinese investment has recently cooled, as transatlanticism, security risks and domestic resentment become decisive factors. The Italian change of heart is shared by the EU, which is …

Arbitrary lines

The idea of Europe – and its consequences The myth of European exceptionalism no longer holds: the continent’s boundaries are arbitrary, its heritage mixed and controversial, and unfit for a …

Sisterhood behind bars

  Female solidarity in Belarusian prisons   A former Belarusian political detainee reveals the remarkable depth of cohesion and trust between women activists confined for weeks in overcrowded prison cells. …

Curtailing academic freedom

Research and education in Hungary and the UK Attacks on academic freedom in Hungary are rife: the Central European University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences being recent victims. But …

Writing in opposition

A conversation on the politics of literature   When political points can be scored by tearing up children’s books that are deemed too tolerant, what is a writer to do? …

Keeping sane

Journalism is steadily becoming less and less liveable, due to structural problems and political interference. From heroic poses to varying degrees of denial, each professional develops their own individual strategies …

Journalism under duress

From the 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals Three opposition journalists from Turkey, Russia and Hungary talk to Eurozine’s editor-in-chief about repressive regimes, personal risk, migration, the role of the …

Borders, bodies and see-all technologies

Pushing the limits of bio-surveillance Use of high-tech surveillance is on the rise: in a moment when controlling the spread of COVID-19 is paramount, a global regime of technologically enabled …

The story of the Sputnik V vaccine

Vaccine nationalism and Cold War tropes abound Marek Eby   Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine could be one of the most effective jabs available. Yet, its media coverage in the West has …

The domination of football

Autocrats and nationalists behind Euro 2020 Ronny Blaschke   World sporting events intrinsically emphasize national allegiance. When real-life rivalries mix with on-pitch competition, football, the ‘beautiful game’, can quickly turn …

Young and disobedient

Christian Mellon   Faced with government inaction on climate change, young people are increasingly engaging in civil disobedience. For those as yet unable to vote, the act of collectively removing …

Lost in distance learning

Roberta  Cardarello Ira Vannini   Interactive education has become essential in the classroom. But didactic teaching methods seem to have resurfaced through interactive media delivery. The consequent loss of engagement …

Revenge as policy

The radicalisation of the Lukašenka regime   Volker Weichsel   With the abduction of a passenger flight, the Belarusian regime gave up the last remains of its connections to democratic …