Austria: Muslims Outnumber Catholics in Vienna Schools
Austria is also in the process of introducing new taxpayer-funded textbooks for the formal teaching if Islam in all public elementary schools across the country.... This is the first time Islam is being taught to Austrian students in the German language.
"What remains, then, is to conquer Rome. This means Islam will come back to Europe for a third time, after it was expelled from it twice. We will conquer Europe! We will conquer America! Not through the sword but through our Dawa [proselytizing]." — Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Muslim... Read more
World Halal Food Council sees Italy as potential Halal hub
The message after Rome meeting of the Whfc
(ANSAmed) - BARI, MARCH 31 - "Islamic finance and capital are ready to pull Europe out of crisis" and "Italy in particular" as long as the countries follow Halal food standards ("conformance" in Arabic) in "production, logistics and commercialization" consistent with the precepts of Sharia, the laws that establish what is licit or prohibited for a Muslim. This is the message of the World Halal Food Council (WHFC), which was held in Rome March 26-30. The event... Read more
Nicos E. DevletoglouEmeritus Professor of Economics, University of Athens
Over-Zealous Regulation Sabotages Progress in the West
The behavioural finesse generated by our free-market system competitively flourishing in the west with classic common sense and active liberalism - normally emboldened by a minimally intrusive presence of the state - is currently under siege. The reversal of fortunes began with the relatively recent emergence of an aggressive "cops and robbers" mentality largely in response to a rare batch of bad decisions that originally led to the global financial crisis. Though also a way of life by now. Evident in... Read more
International Crisis Group
Divided Cyprus: Coming to Terms on an Imperfect Reality
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
14 Mar 2014
Talks have begun – yet again – on a settlement for divided Cyprus. To avoid another failed effort at a federation, new ideas are needed. The basic blockage is that Greek and Turkish Cypriots have separate lives, languages and infrastructure and fear a unified new administration would be more threatening than the peaceful status quo. In debate and new backstage diplomacy, they and the international community should test a route to a different unity, including through giving Turkish Cypriots full... Read more
Bob Godfrey Erasmus's Moriae Encomium and the Politics of Religion in Sixteenth-Century England and Europe
Theta X, Centre d' Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance, Avril 2013
"Folly and Politics" in sixteenth-century theatre is a wide and conceptually challenging theme. Folly itself has multiple meanings, ranging from a want of good sense to derangement of mind, from error to mischief, from lewdness to insanity. There aas soone as I camere multiple theatrical examples of these differing kinds of folly throughout the Tudor period. The narratives within which they occur are equally varied. A popular version of... Read more
Ayse Gül Altinay
Gendered silences, gendered memories
New memory work on Islamized Armenians in Turkey
The case of Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the narratives of their "Muslim" grandchildren pose significant challenges to Turkish national self-understanding and the official politics of genocide denial, writes Ayse Gül Altinay.
Since 2004, at least 17 books (across the genres of memoir, fiction, oral history, history, and historiography) have been published in the Turkish language on the Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the (post)memories of their "Muslim" grandchildren. This emerging body of memory work poses significant... Read more
After the Fall: Russia in Search of a New Ideology WORLD AFFAIRS MARCH/APRIL 2014
As the Soviet Union disintegrated, ending on the ash heap of history in 1989–91, all the institutes for the study of Marxism-Leninism that had justified the regime, the collected and selected works of the communist classics, and the Marxism chairs in academies and universities also disappeared. From this void emerged a burning question: What was the raison d’être of the existing political system? And later, how did the new regime justify itself in the field of foreign and domestic affairs, and... Read more
Regional polls show few Ukrainians, Russians want a united, single state
PEW RESEARCH CENTER, MARCH 6, 2014
A pair of newly released polls conducted in Russia and Ukraine reveals that most in both countries favor the free movement of people and goods between the two nations, and relatively few support the wholesale merger of Ukraine with Russia. The current crisis in Ukraine traces its roots back to the question of whether Ukraine should align more closely with the EU or Russia.
The two surveys were conducted before pro-Russian troops seized control of Crimea. The Ukrainian poll was fielded February 8-18 by the... Read more
Secretary - General of the European Association of Schools of Political Studies
Youth and Europe
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen!
It is a great honour and a great pleasure for me to be with you today.
I would like to thank the Hellenic American College and the Greek Section of the Association of European Journalists for inviting me to address you at this meeting. I am of course particularly grateful to Mr Koskos and to Mr. Papandropoulos.
I have known Athanasios Papandropoulos for many years. He is a great European and one of the leading journalists writing about... Read more
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…