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It is a commonly held belief that Europeans are coming ever closer together. More often than not, however, they know very little about what their fellow Europeans care about, what interests and moves them. Even if we discuss the same topics, we learn little about what our neighbours think about them. Despite the quality and quantity of the European press, debates on internationally relevant topics in individual countries still tend to be limited to national perspectives. is a novel type of online magazine which strives to help create and foster a diverse European public sphere. Under the motto "Let's talk European," we aim to advance a new form of international understanding, harnessing the potential of the Internet and the English language.

Our activities:

- full translations of the most interesting articles for a wider readership - again linked back to the original features

- initiation of cross-border debates on internationally relevant topics, stimulating the cross-fertilisation of print and online media

Click here for our debate on multiculturalism, here for the international press-echoes it received, here for a general selection of our international press resonance and here for our international events.

Our motivation:

- is a growing international media-network dedicated to utilising the Internet and the English language as bridges to diversity and multilingualism.

- The issues are global; the public spheres national. is working to redress this balance. We aim to interconnect European newspapers and magazines, and to boost mutual awareness of discussions and cultural events across the continent. We believe the press could play a far more central role in European integration than it has done to date.

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Many international readers from across the world appreciate Thousands of journalists and other influential multiplicators subscribe to our newsletter.

We invite partners and sponsors to accompany and support us in this process of internationalisation. We are open to any number of cooperation models and would be happy to discuss them with you personally.

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Monday 1 October, 2007

We've been online since March 1, 2005, delivering a daily press review of the German language feuilletons. Starting in October, we will only be able to provide a weekly summary, "From the Feuilletons," and two rather than three full-length articles per week.
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read more in Prague

Friday 29 June, 2007

Let's talk European! Towards a European public sphere. Over 50 chief editors and editors from all over Central Eastern Europe and beyond discussed in Prague from 15-16 June how Europe's most pressing questions could be debated across the continent. How can international media networks be extended? Read the summary of the conference here.
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Let's Talk European! in Amsterdam

Monday 4 June, 2007

In co-operation with the Goethe-Institute Amsterdam, Post Amsterdam and Dare2Connect, presented "Let's Talk European!" a panel discussion on the European public sphere. The event, moderated by journalist Hans Maarten van den Brink, featured Endre B. Bojtar of the Hungarian Magyar Narancs, Gerbert van Loenen of the Dutch Trouw, Arne Ruth, former chief editor of Dagens Nyheter and Arno Widmann, of the Frankfurter Rundschau. We give the text of the evening's discussion.
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Discussion between journalists about the European public sphere

In co-operation with the Goethe-Institute Amsterdam, Post Amsterdam and Dare2Connect, will present "Let's Talk European!" a panel discussion on the European public sphere. The event, moderated by journalist Hans Maarten van den Brink, features Endre B. Bojtar, editor-in-chief of the Hungarian weekly paper Magyar Narancs, Gerbert van Loenen, deputy chief editor of the Dutch daily Trouw, Arne Ruth, former chief editor of the Swedish Dagens Nyheter and Arno Widmann, head of the Feuilleton and Media section at the Frankfurter Rundschau.
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Comments please

January 15, 2007 is pleased to announce that our comments function is finally up and running...
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We are happy to announce

Friday 24 November, 2006

Two new developments at our website! A new layout for and a legal victory for
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The Non-English Patient

Monday 6 November, 2006

On Saturday, October 7, took part in a panel discussion at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the state of translation in the globalised world. The event, hosted by media specialist Rüdiger Wischenbart, featured Esther Allen, compiler of an eye-opening study on translation and today's book industry; Susan Harris of Words without Borders; Anne-Bitt Gerecke of; and Thierry Chervel, founder of's sister site We present the gist of the discussion.
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Tuesday 1 August, 2006

In co-operation with and the Frankfurt Book Fair presents a discussion on world literature in the digital age with Esther Allen, Thierry Chervel, Anne-Bitt Gerecke, Susan Harris and Rüdiger Wischenbart. On Saturday, October 7 in the International Centre of the Frankfurt Book Fair. (Image: Frankfurt Book Fair/Hirth)
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Our user survey

Monday 3 July, 2006

We wanted to know who our readers are, where they live, what they like about and what they think could be improved. We had lots of reponses from all over the globe.
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on Friday April 28, 2006

In co-operation with 2006 PEN WORLD VOICES, presents a discussion on "The Limits of Tolerance" with Pascal Bruckner, Necla Kelek, Dubravka Ugresic, Richard Rodriguez and moderated by Kwame Anthony Appiah. On Friday April 28 in the New York Public Library.
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