Westsplaining versus eastsplaining
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by Sarah Waring
4d ago
Westsplaining emerged in the 1990s but gained visibility when Russia escalated its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Political scientists Jan Smoleński and Jan Dutkiewicz describe the phenomenon as an ‘unending stream of Western scholars and pundits’ that ‘condescend to explain the situation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.’ J. Smoleński and J. Dutkiewicz, ‘The American Pundits Who Cannot Resist “Westsplaining” Ukraine’, The New Republic, 22 March 2022, available at: https://newrepublic.com/article/165603/carlson-russia-ukraine-imperialism-nato And the gist of this ‘explanation’ is that ‘th ..read more
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Battle for the middle ground
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by Simon Garnett
6d ago
European elections in the Nordic countries, especially the three EU member states – Denmark, Finland and Sweden – are often viewed as an opportunity for electorates to pass judgment on their national government as well as to debate issues overshadowed in domestic politics. Climate change and environmental policies often take centre stage, with green parties typically doing better than in national elections. Smaller, single-issue parties also get a chance to punch above their weight. Every EU election brings an ‘X factor’ – an unforeseen issue that emerges and shapes the debate. This year’s wi ..read more
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Balkan realities
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by Simon Garnett
1w ago
When Jean-Claude Juncker became president of the European Commission in 2014, he declared that accession negotiations would continue over the next five years, especially with the countries of the Western Balkans, but that there would be no new enlargement before 2020. His statement was harshly condemned in the Western Balkans and Juncker had to soften his tone. Ten years later, not one Western Balkan candidate has joined the EU. But for most politicians in these countries, this is no cause for dissatisfaction. For them, the never-ending journey towards the European Union seems like a decent p ..read more
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Another ‘New Great Game’?
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by Simon Garnett
1w ago
As Russia presses on with its brutal invasion of Ukraine and the EU wrestles with an energy crisis, the European Union has taken visible steps to build closer ties with Central Asian countries. In 2022, the European Council president Charles Michel stated that the two regions are ‘becoming more and more connected’. Given Central Asia’s geographical location, abundant raw materials, and key role in global security, this heightened interest comes as no surprise. Despite enhanced efforts at regional cooperation, however, each state in Central Asia – a region that Russia has often characterised a ..read more
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Goetz on ageing
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by Simon Garnett
1w ago
Does antisemitism have roots in Islam? In the 900th edition of Merkur, Manfred Sing looks at the historical evidence and unequivocally says no. Claims to the contrary are refuted by the long history of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East – a history that only came to an end in the first half of the 20th century. By contrast, European Jews were discriminated against, disenfranchised and expelled from their home countries since Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Anti-Jewish pogroms are a European phenomenon. While massacres and expulsions ..read more
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Europe’s weary shores
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by Simon Garnett
1w ago
The European Union’s Mediterranean countries, which have often served as a barometer of the EU’s health in the run-up to European elections, currently find themselves accounting for five years of significant events: the COVID-19 pandemic, the energy crisis and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Yet domestic political realities in the region will play the predominant role in the outcomes of this round of European elections. The far right is now taking root across the Mediterranean, as it is all over the continent – indeed, these may be the first EU elections to see uniform voting patterns throug ..read more
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Fading hopes for change
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by martabonde
1w ago
In early June this year, Romanians will be summoned to polling booths for their fifth round of European Parliament elections. Voter turnout for Romania’s first three EP polls was dismal, with attendance hovering around the 30-percent mark. Add to this the fact that 2024 is a super-election year for Romanians, who will be called on to choose their mayors, MPs, EP representatives and president, all in the span of several months.  In what may well be an attempt to minimise the toll that this will take on the state budget, as well as a strategy to avoid voter fatigue and curb the rise of the ..read more
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Grave matters
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by Salma Shaka
1w ago
Throughout human history, death has always been heavily ritualized, and has always occupied our imaginations. The universal emotion of grief is felt by all, and expressed differently across cultures and religions. Throughout East Asia and the Mediterranean, professional mourners are hired to accompany the dead person’s family and community, whereas in places like Indonesia, crying is not encouraged, and many rituals around the world choose to celebrate the deceased person’s life through joy and dance instead, or even in spite of the pain of their loss.  You may also listen to the show i ..read more
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Can the centre hold?
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by Simon Garnett
2w ago
For a comprehensive and informed overview of the political situation across the EU just before the European Parliament election, check out new articles in Eurozine’s Mood of the Union 2024 series. Covering both the EU itself as well as its eastern European, eastern Mediterranean and global neighbourhoods, the articles provide some key takeaways: 1. The conjuncture favours the far-right. This is not news, but the clarity of the pattern throughout the Union is perhaps less familiar, as are its national variations. From core to periphery, national populists are benefitting from the prominence of ..read more
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The end of shame?
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by martabonde
2w ago
Shame has long been used to punish, silence, and maintain the status quo. But now, seven years #MeToo, it is also a force for change. La Revue nouvelle explores this ‘understudied, unloved emotion’, with texts tracing a history of shame, questioning its place in schools, literature, and sociolinguistics, and presenting stories and poems. History of shame Who is qualified, or entitled, to talk about shame? As victims of sexual abuse increasingly speak up, journalists turn to experts for comment on the testimony, ‘to give it context, to explain to the victim and the wider public what exactly sh ..read more
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