Ein literarischer Brückenschlag. Zum Tod von Aharon Appelfeld

Anfang Januar verstarb der israelische Schriftsteller Aharon Appelfeld im Alter von 85 Jahren. In unzähligen Romanen warf er einen Blick auf die untergegangene Welt seiner Eltern und Großeltern. Ein Rückblick auf das Leben und Schreiben eines Menschen, der Brücken schlug. An einem beliebigen Abend in der ersten Januarwoche des neuen Jahres 2018 traf ich zwei Freunde und Kollegen. Wir saßen bei Kaffee und Wein in einem Kaffeehaus in Tel Aviv nahe des… Read More

Steckt Europa in der Krise?

Dortmund Hauptbahnhof im Juli 2016. Am Bahnsteig befinden sich bisher noch wenige Reisende als ich ihn betrete. Eine Frau spricht mich an. Sie fragt auf Englisch, ob dies das richtige Gleis für den ICE nach Berlin sei. Sie hält einen riesigen, ungeordneten Stapel Papiere in der Hand. Ihr Gesicht sieht müde aus, ihr Make-up ist verwischt. Sie steht sehr nahe am Bahnsteigrand. Eine Mitarbeiterin der Deutschen Bahn wird deshalb auf sie aufmerksam… Read More

Poland – Quo vadis?

„The European Union was a dream of few. It became a hope for many. Today it is a necessity for all of us”.[1] Already in 1954, the former German chancellor Konrad Adenauer declared this still having the echoes of World War II in his mind. From today’s perspective and from my point of view, being a member of a young European generation, I look differently on Konrad Adenauer’s Europe than he did…. Read More

Placing All Bets on Memorials: Memory Mania Goes Balkans

As Confederate war memorials are being removed or relocated across the United States, Ana Milosevic looks at “memory mania” in the Balkans — and the various meanings and purposes of monuments. At a recent symposium on European remembrance, I asked three experts in dealing with the past about the road to reconciliation. Does it begin as a political process or should it be initiated by a collective need to come to terms with… Read More

The “Spirit of 1975” in Spain: Lost Forever?

Three decades after the widespread political crisis that affected Europe after the Second World War, Spain abandoned its isolation and joined firmly the European project. After 1975, the future of Spain was inextricably linked to the successful experience of economic progress and democracy pursued by its European partners. Yet what happens when the EU seems nowadays anything but a success? Is Europe no longer a model for Spain, nor the solution to… Read More

The European Nations in Paradise

  Once upon a time, the European Nations went to war, but instead of the battlefield, they walked into a paradise. After entering paradise, some Nations felt a little bit tired from their previous war and thought, “We wish we could be more peaceful”. Then, these Nations saw a beautiful and peaceful community. Within it everything seemed wonderful. So, they entered the community and found peace, economic and political co-operation. After a… Read More

The Rome Manifesto: An Initiative to Re-launch the Project of European Integration

Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome, the European Union (EU) and its Member States are facing major challenges, from Brexit to the threat of Grexit, from the migration crisis to the changing reality transatlantic relations. Much uncertainty however seems to reign on how the EU should move forward. On the one hand the White Paper of the European Commission lacks decisiveness in clearly saying where the EU should be heading. On… Read More

How to deal with Trumpism – A practical guide from the Mediterranean Boot

History has never been a magistra vitae in the way Cicero might have wished. If, however, there is anyone on the American side of the Atlantic ocean who only remotely thinks that the Roman philosopher had something of a point, then the time has come to learn some lessons from a tiny country called Italy, which for centuries has had the privilege to play the trailblazer – from the Roman Empire through… Read More

The Myth of a European Memory: A Voyage to Poland and Back

More than a quarter of a century after the fall of the iron curtain, western and eastern Europe are still divided, especially when it comes to collective interpretations of the European past. Whereas the centrality of the Holocaust for European memory politics has been widely accepted in the west, this paradigm is challenged by many voices within eastern European states. Revisiting Poland – literally and through the lenses of literature and film… Read More

The consequences of Brexit for TTIP

More than three months after the Brexit referendum, which saw 51.9 % of British voters express themselves in favor of leaving the European Union, the time has come to get things cleared and collect some reasonable thoughts. In particular, in respect to the UK’s share of EU exports and imports 12.9 % and 15.2 % respectively (Eurostat Statistics Explained, 2015), with many already questioning the future of EU trade agreements, with great concern regarding negotiations… Read More

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