Navalnyj is the Russian Mandela

Interview with Denis Bilunov   Denis Bilunov is a Russian politician, writer, and journalist. Bilunov helped organize the Marches of Dissent from 2006 to 2008, and was one of the …

Salisbury, Berlin, Vrbětice

Vladimír Handl Osteuropa   The GRU has left a trail of violence across Europe. Revelations that it was behind the 2014 explosions in Vrbětice worsen relations not only between Prague …

IOU planet

Eurozine Editorial Sarah Waring   Industrialized nations have heavily plundered natural resources for around 160 years. It’s now payback time. The US and EU, having just pledged to significantly reduce …

Shifting the wall further east

Kundera’s tragedy of ‘central Europe’ three decades later   Mykola Riabchuk In an attempt to distance themselves from the post-Soviet realm and signal their belonging to the West, some countries …

Ecology starts at school

Edouard Gaudot The meritocratic premise of modern schooling serves merely to reproduce inequalities. In order to prepare young people for the challenges of the twenty-first century, the purpose of schooling …

The Europeans

Enda O’Doherty   Milan Kundera defined a European as someone who is nostalgic for Europe. But one need not share this pessimism to derive nourishment from European intellectual and cultural …

A genealogy of white privilege

On the politics of confession and guilt James Miller The discourse of white privilege is motivated by a genuinely anti-racist and democratic vision. But as a mode of confessional introspection …

China’s galaxy empire

John Keane Talk of a new Cold War between the US and China emphasizes military capacity and economic prowess. Warrior discourse presents a mono-dimensional situation in which conflict is inevitable. …

To Fire on Zeman a Babiš! My apologies.

At first, when I read that Pavel Novotný, ODS mayor of Řeporyje, had said that it was in the best interests of the Czech Republic that Andrej Babiš and Miloš …

Turkish Lives Matter

Philipp Ther Germany was quick to claim the German-Turkish vaccine developers of Pfizer/BioNTech as proof of its open society. But their success is more an exception than a rule. Rather …

Can carnival be saved?

Quinsy Gario Carnival is a time of cultural exuberance. In the Low Countries, however, the masquerade has become a refuge for dominant groups to caricature the heritage and bodies of …

The GULag is still alive

Olga Romanova Russia’s penal system has not been reformed since the late-Stalinist period and is essentially managed by the FSB. Alexei Navalny will be sent to one of the many …

The journey of revisiting 1989

A review of ‘The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989’   Kinga Anna Gajda   What causes the stark generational difference in people’s understanding of Soviet times? Is …

A muscle memory of misery

EUROZINE editorial Réka Kinga Papp   Yet another independent outlet is slain in Hungary: Klubrádió just lost its broadcast license, resuming a decade-long campaign to silence the channel. Journalists march …

Peaceful transfer of power? Forget it.

Claire Potter The erosion of democracy wasn’t gradual; the writing was on the wall. It was the public understanding that lapsed. The recent Trumpist attempt to overturn an election now …