?From the great beyond into the present? ? an interview with Jo Lendle

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Damned to expertocracy

Friday 1 July, 2005

The end of democracy? Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks with Marius Meller about French revoltism, British phlegm and Europe's national hallucination chambers.
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Friendly takeover

Wednesday 15 June, 2005

In response to the French 'no' to the European constitution, France's new Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has proposed a new kind of union between France and Germany. Journalist and historian Gustav Seibt argues that this would be a disaster for Germany and insists that Europe be considered in a broader historical perspective.
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The victory of Euro-nihilism

Thursday 9 June, 2005

The French no is standing guard on the frontiers of the old European Community. The referendum on the constitution became a retrospective referendum against the enlargement from fifteen to twenty-five member states. Formerly Euro-skeptics, the French who recklessly promoted the no on May 29 have become Euro-nihilists. By Andre Glucksmann
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"I can't live without Europe"

Friday 3 June, 2005

Both France and the Netherlands have rejected the European Constitution. German-Iranian author Navid Kermani reflects on what this means to him, as someone who wanted to become - or thought he was - a European.
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In full knowledge of the facts

Friday 27 May, 2005

The practice of holding a referendum on a subject like the European constitution is suicidal. It is an electoral absurdity that puts in question the political intelligence not only of the French president, but also of his immediate entourage and communication advisers. By Paul Virilio
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Europe demands courage

Friday 20 May, 2005.

An open letter to French voters from German intellectuals, artists and academics warns the French public that voting "No" to the EU constitution would mean betraying progress and abandoning the ideals of the Enlightenment.
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The illusionary "Leftist No"

Friday 13 May, 2005

To the French naysayers: A Left which aims to tame and civilise capitalism with a "No" to the European constitution would be deciding for the wrong side at the wrong time. By Jürgen Habermas
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The Turkish trauma

Tuesday 19 April, 2005

For 200 years, since the end of the Greater Ottoman Empire, Turkey has been rehearsing the transition from one civilisation to another. And now the anti-European nationalists are gaining favor. The author Orhan Pamuk put his life on the line with "Snow", an overtly political novel about his country's problems. In an interview, Pamuk explains why his book has caused such vehement reactions in Turkey.
Editor's note of October 12, 2006: Orhan Pamuk is winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.
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As many wars as nations

Wednesday 6 April, 2005

May the 8th is the anniversary of the end of WW II, but was it really a liberation? Each European country has a different memory of the war, and there is no real consensus on the Holocaust either. With the EU entry of the Eastern European countries the competing myths will no longer exist in isolation, but will have to be contested with the neighbours. By Adam Krzeminski
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Islam in its new Habitus

Friday 1 April, 2005

The public face of Islam is changing. A new collection of essays tries to understand how and why. By Moritz Behrendt
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Wake up, Europeans!

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

Or you will find yourself subjected to a constitution you never wanted, discussed, or decided on. By Oliver Eberle
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Not a living soul around

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

"Quite possibly, as time goes by, we tend to perceive the 'prison of nations', as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was called in those days, as something like a prototype, albeit an imperfect one, for a united Europe." Polish author Andrzej Stasiuk wanders through the landscapes of World War One in Eastern Europe.
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