Giving Europe a Soul?

Wednesday 20 December, 2006

While many Europeans are fed up with Europe, to others it seems like heaven on earth. In presenting itself as an economic power, Europe fails to take advantage of its emotional potential. This is the age of the image, but European stories no longer play a significant role in our theatres. The countries of Europe could dream the European dream if only we had faith in the power of our own imagery! A call to arms by German filmmaker Wim Wenders.
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Opening up Fortress Europe

Thursday November 16, 2006

Jürgen Habermas laments the swelling feel-good patriotisms in Europe and the flagging communal European spirit. The EU will only be able to fulfill its international mandate if Europeans learn to form a common front, and to recognise that the Polish plumber and the Portugese winegrower are key to European unity.
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Vietnamisation or Somaliasation?

Wednesday 21 June, 2006

Zarqawi was no Ho Chi Minh, and Iraq is no Vietnam. Across the world today, populations are being taken hostage by lawless usurpers. Somalia is an in vivo laboratory for the abomination of abominations: war against civilians. Either we accept a general Somaliasation and take refuge in an illusionary Eurasian fortress, or we revive a democratic, military and critical European-Atlantic alliance. By Andre Glucksmann.
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Europe's politics of victimology

Tuesday 30 May, 2006

Flemming Rose, cultural editor at Jyllands-Posten newspaper, justifies his decision to publish the Muhammad cartoons, and takes stock of the controversy they ignited, arguing that Europe must shed the straitjacket of political correctness.
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Towards a United States of Europe

Monday 27 March, 2006

Europe must pluck up the courage to introduce reforms. It needs its own armed forces and foreign minister, a directly-elected president and an independent financial basis. These should be decided on by a referendum binding only in states where a majority had voted in favour. We present excerpts from a speech in which Jürgen Habermas calls on Europe to act - and sketches a critique of the Internet.
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Canfora's scandalous history of democracy

Wednesday 22 March, 2006

Adam Krzeminski is outraged by Luciano Canfora's highly selective "Democracy in Europe" which puts Stalinism on a pedestal. He congratulates a German publishing house for refusing to print it and believes European scholarship has shamefully neglected Polish history.
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Europe - my neurosis

Tuesday 21 March, 2006

Ukranian author Yuri Andrukhovych was recipient of this year's Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. Andrukhovych's acceptance speech, in which he expresses deep gratitude for the distinction and deeper sorrow that European understanding remains an unattained goal, caused a minor furore.
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The right to blaspheme

Tuesday 14 February, 2006

The disconcerting thing about the cartoon conflict is having to remind people that we have the right to commit blasphemy, that picking on the parish priest has long been a national sport. When we talk about anti-Muslim racism, we ask: what race are we talking about? Is Islam genetically transmittable? An open letter by eleven French writers.
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The twelve Muhammad cartoons

Thursday 2 February, 2006

A new Rushdie affair? The European press is full of the heated debate over the Muhammad cartoons. A survey.
Updated on Friday, February 24.
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Turkey's growing pains

Thursday 19 January, 2006

The autumn of 2005 was marked by the anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Repubic, the start of EU accession talks and, most importantly, the first open discussions in the country about the Armenian genocide. Seyla Benhabib looks at changing attitudes in Turkey toward its past and its multicultural legacy.
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Europe - an identity or a project?

Thursday 15 December, 2005

Now that social and political conditions in Turkey seem to be fast approaching EU requirements, the opponents of Turkish EU entry are using a new line of argumentation. Europe is being defined more as a unit forged by a common past and common cultural values than a project for the future. This obsession with identity is a threat to European unity and the universality of European ideas and values. By Nilüfer Göle
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The new wretched of the earth

Tuesday 25 October, 2005

Sengalese writer and journalist Boubacar Boris Diop describes the combination of pain, shame and anger that he feels looking at the images of utter desperation that are coming out of the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla.
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A stone's throw from Europe

Wednesday 19 October, 2005

In the heated debate over Turkey's entry into the EU, something is being forgotten: the fact that the two continents are within spitting distance of each other. And that Europe in its current form would not exist were it not for the Middle East. By Hilal Sezgin
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Dying to reach Europe

Thursday 13 October, 2005

For three years, Portugese author and journalist Paulo Moura has focussed his reportages on the plight of African refugees in Morocco. Using literary means, he seeks to go deeper than news reports. An interview with Christa Hager.
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Born again to kill

Thursday 4 August, 2005

Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with tradition. It's a brand new direction in the faith. And it's rooted in Europe. By Olivier Roy
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