Point of view

Problems of Taxonomy, Issues of Class, Citizenship, Consumption, and Avdot’ia Smirnova’s KoKoKo

Helena Gocilo, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Ноябрь 27, 2018

Sundry discussions of Russian society by scholars, journalists, and politicians suffer from imprecise taxonomy, wielding labels such as middle class, civil society, and creative class in an automatic transfer of discursive categories long defining Western societies to one at increasing odds with numerous Western values. As various surveys by Russian sociologists have indicated, a ‘middle class’ and ‘civil society’ in the traditional sense do not exist in Russia. Moreover, even ‘the intelligentsia’, as historically defined, seems to have diminished, evaporated, or emigrated…

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Итальянская политика на распутье

Еугенио Травессои, журналист

Август 21, 2018

За 70 дней итальянская политика изменилась больше, чем за предудыщие 70 лет. Мартовские выборы продемонстрировали триумф движения «Пять звезд», получившего 32% голосов, а также Лиги, первой партии правой коалиции, которая получила соответственно 17%. Теперь правительство страны определяется этими двумя партиями.

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Politica Italiana: 2018

di Eugenio Trevissoi

Июнь 30, 2018

In 70 giorni la politica in Italia è cambiata più che in 70 anni. Le elezioni del marzo scorso hanno sancito il trionfo del Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S), che ha raccolto il 32% dei voti, e della Lega, primo partito di una coalizione di centro destra grazie al suo 17%. E ora al governo del paese ci sono questi due partiti.

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«GROKO» the New German Government Coalition: Is It Good or Bad for Europe? Or Motor or Obstructionist for Europe?

Renate Schroeder

Апрель 28, 2018

On the 4th of March, the SPD gave the green light to form a grand coalition (“Groko”) together with the CDU/CSU after months of negotiations. But how high on the Groko agenda is the reform of the European Union?

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“From America with Love. American Slavists and the Russian Perestroika”. Roundtable

Март 27, 2018

October 2017
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. At that point, Americans started ties with post-Communist Russia. However, not only a professional interest captivated policymakers, journalists, and scholars, but also pure human curiosity and inspiration. The Roundtable “From America with Love” gathers American slavists who have taken an active part in this process. The participants will discuss the following questions: what do they think about that period of time after over two decades have passed? How do they feel today about their 90s hopes, ideas, and projects? What do they think about the real value of those years as well as present-day perspectives on Russia?

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En Catalunya nadie se ha saltado la ley, España no ha querido dialogar como hace más de trescientos años

Teresa Carreras

Декабрь 27, 2017

Каталония – как она есть. О достоинстве и унижении Каталонии размышляет публицист Тереза Каррерас.

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Clinton, Le Pen, Merkel: Does Power Have a Gender?

Renate Schroeder, Camille Petit

Май 13, 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt was probably right when she once said “Every woman in public life needs to develop skin as tough as rhinoceros hide.” Hillary Clinton (1947), Angela Merkel (1954) and Marine Le Pen (1968) have for sure a hard shell which gave them a special fate.

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Bosnia in Ukraine

Send Pećanin

Март 15, 2017

I feel anxious with April approaching. It was 24 years ago that the four-year siege of Sarajevo began. By then, Serbia had already used the Yugoslav Army to attack Slovenia and Croatia, but we in Sarajevo could not believe that war was possible in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and especially in our city.

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Facebook and Matters of Fact in the Post-Truth Era

Aidan White

Март 15, 2017

In 2016 media learned the hard way that journalism is in danger of being overwhelmed by rogue politics and a communications revolution that accelerates the spread of lies, misinformation and dubious claims. According to many observers two major stories – Brexit and the election of Donald Trump – signal a moment of peril for the press, and media around the world are deeply alarmed.

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Der kritische Journalismus in Russland ist nicht tot

Roman Berger

Февраль 23, 2017

360 JournalistInnen sind in Russland seit 1990 bei der Ausübung ihrer Arbeit ums Leben gekommen. Sie haben Missstände aufgedeckt oder waren zu kritisch.

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The Year of the Penguin

Marek Bekerman

Январь 06, 2017

The lovers of mixed metaphors revel at every possibility of inventing new interpretations of surreal elements in cult works of fiction or cinematography. The late Polish film director, Andrzej Wajda, had been endlessly mauled by critics to explain the allegorical meanings behind his repeated use of images of a white horse in some of his films, notably in “Ashes and Diamonds”. The public found it inconceivable that under Communist censorship...

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Présidentielles 2017/France: une élection à haut risque

Patrick Kamenka

Апрель 08, 2017

A quelques semaines du premier tour des élections présidentielles françaises, jamais un scrutin de ce niveau n’a paru aussi incertain du fait du nombre élevé des électeurs indécis qui seraient un mois avant les échéances à plus de 30%.

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