Eastern Europe / Transit

The Trap of Being New Europe

In the face of the migration crisis and populist shift within the EU, the outmoded and stale division between New and Old Europe is coming back into favor in European public debate. The concept of ‘New Europe’ can easily serve to explain and at the same time to normalize, in a politically correct way, a qualitative difference between Western Europe and its Eastern neighbors. From a Central and Eastern European perspective, however, the term ‘New Europe’ seems essentially contradictory, since being a part of Europe in its cultural and political dimensions always was and still is an undebatable assumption.
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Eastern Europe Is Both Dreading Brexit and Ready for It

What seemed impossible even a year ago now seems fated. The European Union will probably be better run with Britain out, but it is unlikely to survive if the British next week decide to leave. “The Radetzky March” is particularly apt here because, though the focus after a Leave victory will be on Britain, the real disaster will befall Roth’s literary stamping grounds of Central and Eastern Europe. Indeed, in a very real way, the disintegration of Europe will be set off by Brexit, but it will take place far to the east.
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An Unruly Younger Generation? Student Protest and the Macedonian Crisis

Student protest has been a regular occurrence in the Balkans in recent years. While the actions of students against austerity policies and budget cuts at Greek universities or the Gezi protests in Istanbul gained wider international notoriety, it was the western Balkan countries that provided for a model of student protest action that has been emulated throughout the region.
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Central Europe and the Refugees

West European elites carry the burden of a bad conscience with respect to people from the South. There is nothing of the sort in the East where people are unanimous in recalling their own suffering and their historical innocence, and in affirming that “we are not responsible for the miseries of the world.”
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Lebendige Erinnerung an die Diktatur
Was Europas Süden und Osten gemeinsam haben

Der französische Politikwissenschaftler Maurice Duverger wurde 1951 europaweit durch das „Duverger’sche Gesetz“ bekannt, demzufolge ein System einfacher Mehrheit in Einerwahlkreisen die Herausbildung eines Zweiparteiensystems begünstigt. Zehn Jahre später jedoch veröffentlichte der 1917 geborene Sozialdemokrat ein mit „De la dictature“ betiteltes Buch, in dem er nicht trockene sozialwissenschaftliche Wahlstatistik trieb, sondern einen emotionalen, gar dramatischen Ton …
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Wir waren auf die Freiheit nicht vorbereitet.
Endre Bojtár, ungarischer Intellektueller und Aufklärer

Endre Bojtár, Jahrgang 1940, wohnt seit seiner Heirat im vierten Stock eines älteren Miethauses mit den ortstypischen Pawlatschen. Der Name der Strasse hat nach 1989 gewechselt, das Quartier hinter den grossen Markthallen in der Franzenstadt ist durch die Fassadenreinigung merklich schöner geworden; das Angebot auf dem Markt ist um viele Importprodukte reicher. Kleine Kneipen, Cafés …
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Is EU Membership lesser than evil? Gloomy Impressions from the economic Landscape in East Central Europe

I have been an inhabitant of the “new Europe” since 1999. The stamp I use to print my address on an envelope, however is a product of the “old Europe”, made by the Austrian firm “Trodat”. I ordered it last spring; my previous stamp had been purchased from a local competitor of the Austrians at …
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Der G’spritzte und die Geopolitik*

Der Beitrag geht auf einen Vortrag für den Workshop “Recomposing Eastern Europe? Inner Frontiers: Real and Imagined” zurück, den das New Europe College und das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen im Oktober 2000 mit Unterstützung der Robert-Bosch-Stiftung in Bukarest organisiert haben.
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Returning to Reality: Culture, Modernization, and Various Eastern Europes. Why Functionalist-Evolutionary Theory Works

Cultural anthropologists have largely given up on the notion that there has been social evolution, despite the uncomfortable fact that their archeological colleagues are faced with the reality of evolutionary stages all the time. Most cultural anthropologists now favor a multicultural perspective that pronounces all cultures more or less equal. (Kuper 1999) It might seem …
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