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Aesthetics, Politics

Art, held hostage by capital

Art, held hostage by capital

There is a global network of airport-based duty-free depots that buy and sell works of art that might never again see the light of day. Chances are you’re not among their customers.

20/10/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

1960 Volkswagen in Wolfsburg

Ersatz environmentalism VW-style

My wife and I, we’ve been driving a diesel Volkswagen for years. And we were quite happy with our Golf. Until now.

03/10/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

“German life” for all, refugees and Europeans alike

“German life” for all, refugees and Europeans alike

The refugee crisis is holding up a mirror to the European Union which reflects a troubling image— an image that cannot be talked away by morality rhetoric.

10/09/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

The House of the Greek Parliament (photo: Del Mich, 2009)

Yes or No: The Last Sequel to the Greek Tragedy?

When just about everybody joins the condemnation chorus, the sanest stance is to remain sceptical, even when running the risk of being automatically lumped together with the usual suspects.

03/07/2015 ×

Europe

Islamic and Cultural Centre of Belgium (photo: Stephane Mignon, Brussels, 2011)

Euro-Ramadan: False Unities, True Diversities?

This year’s month of Ramadan — the ninth and the holiest month of the Islamic calendar — stands in the shadow of Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

18/06/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

Dodging politics, ditching democracy

Dodging politics, ditching democracy

The Brits and the Poles have voted last week in parliamentary and presidential elections, respectively. But if anything unites these two European elections, it is the way they illustrate the hollowing of the democratic process. While conservatives tout more of the same, the Left… Well, what Left?

15/05/2015 ×