Felix Philipp Ingold Friendship in the time of terror.Nadezhda Mandelstam's unique personal tribute to poet Anna Akhmatova
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1/3/2012.
Although the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) never received the highest literary honour, the Nobel Prize, the veneration she enjoyed during her lifetime as well as her ever increasing posthumous fame have made her one of the luminary figures of modern Europe. Few authors of the past century have been portrayed more often in paintings, sculptures or photographs; few bodies of poetry has been more extensively translated, interpreted, recorded and illustrated; few individuals... Read more
Adam Wood Arvo Pärt on Gregorian Chant
The Chant Café
My favorite living composer is Arvo Pärt. I have nearly every recording and score of his music, have been blessed to be present at several concerts where the composer was present (including the premiere of In Principio in Graz), and dedicated a set of seven choral compositions to him in honor of his 75th birthday, in thanks for which he telephoned me from Estonia and we spoke in German for about twelve minutes—truly one of the most memorable moments of my life as a musician.
What I find... Read more
Russian Britten: A bond of friendship through the language of music
October 19, 2013 special to RBTH [slightly edited]
Rostropovich and Britten collaborated a lot, performing many times together. Mikhail Ozerskiy / RIA Novosti
There is a long history of friendship and working relations between the British composer and Russian artists. Britten was highly musical as a child, adored the masterpieces of Brahms and Beethoven, and was fascinated by Mahler as a teenager as well as by the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. In 1932 he heard Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in a BBC broadcast,... Read more
Unamuno's Last Lecture
Horizon review, December 1941
'Unamuno died suddenly, as one who dies in war. Against whom? Perhaps against himself; and also, although many may not believe it, against the men who sold Spain and betrayed his people. Against the people itself? I have never believed that and never shall believe it.'
Antonio Machado, Notas de Actualidad, Madrid February 1937.
'Some maintained, during those frantic days, their independence of mind. From the human point of view, it is a consolation; from the Spanish point of view, a hope.'
Manuel Azana, Prologue to La Velada en Benkarlo, Paris,... Read more
A portrait of the modern bureaucracy
by Zamyatin, Kafka and Weber
3rd chapter of the paper. For notes, see the original on https://www.academia.edu/5880361/The_muted_masses_a_portrait_of_the_modern_bureaucracy_by_Zamyatin_Kafka_and_Weber
asilyevich Lozenko (1947), Strength in unity!
The way Kafka and Zamyatin portrayed the power of the bureaucracy can be summarized by the words of Kafka-critic David Constantine who termed the eventual result of the bureaucracy as the ‘failure even to begin’. Society ruled by a bureaucracy has stagnated and its citizens trapped in the status quo. The German sociologist Max Weber has termed bureaucracy in similar terms, speaking of the ‘iron cage’ of... Read more
David Conway :
NATIONALISM AND LIBERALISM:FRIENDS OR FOES?
Extract. From Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 16, no. 1
During the course of the twentieth century, eruptions of nationalist ardour and aspiration have resulted in great hardship and depredations being visited on various peoples of the world. Few peoples, if any, have escaped becoming engulfed in major conflicts arising from either their own nationalistic aspirations or those of other peoples.
However, national pride and allegiance, in themselves, can seem not merely innocuous but positively benign. Such forms of attachment also foster a prima facie attractive cultural diversity among the different... Read more
"Turkey is a country of collective amnesia"
Interview to Riada Ašimović Akyol
Al Monitor, January 14, 2014 Translator Ezgi Akin
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak in an undated photo. (photo by Zeynel Abidin)
To my delight, Elif Shafak, an established Turkish author, columnist, speaker and academic, spoke exclusively to Al-Monitor about her newly published book in Turkish (to be published in English by Penguin in autumn 2014), on art and politics in Turkey and the region. With 13 books, nine of which are novels, published in more than 40 countries, Elif Shafak is one of Turkey’s best-known... Read more
Umberto Eco European cultural identity? A matter of dialogue
L'ESPRESSO 11 November 2013
Those who practice the same profession as me make titanic efforts to avoid congresses, symposia, and interviews on the obsessive theme of European identity. It is a question that is not new, but one that has become a burning issue in recent years, at a time when people often deny its existence.
Many of those who reject European identity are largely unencumbered by cultural baggage apart from an almost congenital xenophobia, which would like to see the continent broken up into a patchwork of tiny... Read more
Elmar Brok : Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
Ukraine: our door must remain open
I still strongly believe in our neighbourhood policy and, despite today's failure to sign the Agreement with Ukraine, I think we must remain true to our democratic values. We did not set our standards too high.
We have offered our Ukrainian partners all the help we could give to ensure that they could sign the Agreement, but they lacked the political will. Their reliance on Russia is a serious mistake. They know very well that the transformation of their... Read more
No Politics without Culture!
With a turnover of $2 700 billion world- wide, 6.1% of global GDP, 8 million jobs and 4% of GDP in Europe for culture and creative industries: can governments and companies prepare forward-looking strategies without culture?
The New Journalism
Speech in International Media Symposium
The media world is rapidly being transformed and information management thinking is racing to keep pace. The result is a bewildering profusion of information and communication theories, concepts and fashions that often replace each other before they can become widely established. Attempting to bring coherence to this fast-fusion of media ideas is potentially dangerous. However, we believe it is possible to discern emerging trends in the development of man media paradigms, defining paradigms of means of understanding the world and the basis for informing action.
We believe that... Read more
Matisse and the Fauves
20 September 2013 - 12 January 2014
One of the world’s finest art collections has been housed since 1805 in the Albertina, a grand Viennese palace in the Neoclassical style. The palace takes its name from the collection’s founder, Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen.
In 1919, the newly established Republic of Austria expropriated the Habsburg palace and the art collection it contained, now renamed the Albertina Graphic Art Collection. Severe bomb damage in 1945 destroyed many of the staterooms, the palace facades and the access ramp leading to the bastion.
The palace underwent complete renovation... Read more
Enda O’Doherty Does Europe Exist?
The Dublin Review of Books
The Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller, in a chapter she contributed to a book published in 1992, stated with some confidence her view that there was no such thing as European…
Muslim Brothehood destroy and steal Museums
Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt's tiny Mallawi museum. The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted…
Hélène Despic-Popovic Tweaking history in Skopje
Libération, 28 August 2013
From Alexandre the Great to Mother Teresa, the small republic wedged between the Bulgaria and the Greece is loading itself down with debts and statues to confirm its identity.
How should one assert…
Alexis Papachelas On the path of strategic decline
ekathimerini.com , Sunday September 1, 2013
It’s time to start worrying about the fate of the West. In the postwar era we grew accustomed to living in a world in which the United States…
Piotr Zalewski How Turkey Went From 'Zero Problems' to Zero Friends
And lost its leverage everywhere.
Foreign Policy, August 22, 2013
Not so long ago, Turkey seemed to have found the elusive formula for foreign policy success. Its newly-adopted philosophy, "zero problems…
Michael Martens European Jihadists: The Continuation of a Historical Trend
Stratford Global Intelligence, Analysis, August 19, 2013
The threat of experienced militants returning to Europe from combat in North Africa and the Middle East is fueling debate about immigration and integration…
The muslim brotherhood's fall lands Turkey an unexpected ally
Today, Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors from each other's capital, signaling a major downturn in bilateral ties. At the same time, Turkey's influence in Cairo seems to be winding down.Indeed,…
Gezi cleansing in Turkish Media
Al Monitor Turkey, July 26
The prime minister built his policy on an approach that criminalized the Gezi opposition. He tried to unite his followers around himself by sticking to this narrative and with it he silenced…
Is Turkey in Europe?
National Review July 7, 2013
German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made a statement not often heard from high-up Europeans concerning Turkey’s bid to join the European Union: “We should not accept Turkey as a full member…
Michael Martens And if you do not want to be my brother...
It takes eight minutes or five questions until Greece’s opposition leader Alexis Tsipras breaks off an interview and throws me out. The story of a communication disorder.
Translated in English…
Edward Alexander From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel, by Robert Wistrich
The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs Volume 7 No. 2 May 27, 2013
Robert Wistrich, professor of Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew…
David Bedein Genesis of an Anti-Semitic State
ALGEMEINER, MAY 24TH, 2013
This week, a Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism will gather in Jerusalem.
The time has come for the Global Forum to consider the fact that a new anti-semitic state is in formation.
Dario Fernandez-Morera When the Spirits Collided: Islam and Christianity in the Course of Western Civilization
Library of Law and Liberty
Emmet Scott’s Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: the History of a Controversy is a stimulating and important book joining other recent works…
Hugh Trevor-Roper Erasmus
DESIDERIUS ERASMUS was a scholar who in the early days of printing, sought to give his contemporaries clear and accurate texts of certain neglected works. He retranslated the Bible and edited the Christian Fathers. He also wrote, in…
Marilena Koppa Speech in the conference on "Serbia preparing for starting EU accession talks"
I am very pleased to welcome President Boris Tadic and for the opportunity to address him here at the European Parliament. Boris has been the President…
Enlargement: policies, criteria and EU's strategic interest
European Parliament resolution (2012/2025(INI))
The European Parliament,
1. Strongly supports the enlargement process and believes that enlargement needs to remain a credible policy, supported by the public both in the EU and in the candidate…
Anna Diamantopoulou EU’s inherent conflict: European integration vs state sovereignty Defining European Union
Speech at Harvard University, Oct. 2012
Talks about the future of Europe are frequent, but explanations of what Europe is, how it came to being, are rare.…
Anna Diamantopoulou Europe Needs Leadership With Vision
Social Europe Journal
European leaders opt for unification; citizens do not
Three years into the crisis European leaders seem to be convinced of the necessityof European unification. They consider that Europe’s dissolution would be a disaster.…
Schuman Medal awarded to Reiner Kunze
At the EPP Group Bureau Meeting in Dresden today, the Chairman of the EPP Group, Joseph Daul MEP, and the Head of the German CDU/CSU Delegation of the EPP Group, Herbert Reul MEP, presented the…
Marcin Święcicki Józef Retinger – the Polish Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
Marcin Święcicki (MP) is the President of the European Movement Forum, Poland.
Joseph Retinger was born in 1888 in Krakow just 380 km from Vienna, in which Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi was raised. Both…
Jürgen Habermas Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis
Lecture delivered on 26 April 2013 in Leuven Univ.
The European Union owes its existence to the efforts of political elites who could count on the passive consent of their more or less indifferent…
Francis Fukuyama Identity and migration Europe's failure to better integrate its Muslims is a ticking time bomb
Journal of Democracy No 17, February 2006
Modern identity politics springs from a hole in the political theory underlying liberal democracy. That hole is…
Ian Traynor Crisis for Europe as trust hits record low
The Guardian, 24 April 2013
Public confidence in the European Union has fallen to historically low levels in the six biggest EU countries, raising fundamental questions about its democratic legitimacy more than…
The first elections for Europarliament in Croatia: A failure
Partly based on the Croatian euinside newsletter
Who has won the election?
The most precise answer is apathy. Voter turnout was 20.84%.
The first European elections in Croatia is sending to Europarliament the right-wing politician Ruza…
Umberto Eco It's culture, not war, that cements European identity
Gianni Riotta – La Stampa. The Guardian, Thursday 26 January 2012.
Outside Umberto Eco's office window in Milan looms the intimidating mass of Sforzesco castle, a reminder, with its towers and black…
Jacques Le Goff What Constitutes Europe
From The Birth of Europe, translated by Janet Lloyd, Blackwell Publishing, USA 2005
From the vantage point of the twenty-first century -but not forgetting that the concept of a "century" was not invented until the end…
Giorgio Agamben Introductory Note on the Concept of Democracy
From Theory & Event. Vol. 13, No. 1, 2010.
Any discussion of the term "democracy" today is distorted by a preliminary ambiguity that condemns those who use it to misunderstanding. Of what…
I.K. Hassiotis Eastern Europe in the early plans for European unification (15th -7th centuries)
From “The idea of European Community in History”, ed. National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greek Ministry of education and religious affairs, Athens 2003.
I MUST MAKE…
Takis S. Pappas Why Greece Failed
Mr. Pappas is an associate professor of comparative politics at the University of Macedonia, Greece and a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
On 1 January 1981, Greece became the tenth…
Gildas Le Roux Florence exhibition evokes dawn of the Renaissance
ArtDaily | Agence France-Presse
The Renaissance really began in a few decades at the beginning of the 15th century in Florence -- an artistic revolution mapped out in a remarkable exhibition that…
Femen A 'Topless Jihad'
Earlier today, members of Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged protests across Europe as they called for a "topless jihad."
The demonstrations were in support of a young Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler. Last month, Tyler posted naked…
Athanase Papandropoulos If Germany leaves the Eurozone
This time the situation is indeed very serious. A new party made its appearance in German politics and is composed of economistes, lawyers and Christian Democrat politicians who believe in the dissolution of the…