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“Shamefulness is part of the European tradition as well”

Ágnes Heller is one of the most prominent philosophers of our time. We talked with her about her experiences during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, about the crisis in Europe and its future, and about coping with the past.

By Eva van de Rakt, Silja Schultheis

Ukraine: "Women of Maidan - to Women of Crimea"

International Women's Day is celebrated in Ukraine to honour 'women's beauty'. Women of Maidan are now aiming to remind of the original meaning of the day and to draw attention to women’s issues in the country. Thus they organized a solidarity action “Women of Maidan – to Women of Crimea”.

By Anna Dovgopol

The Whole Jewish History in One Hour

The aspect of learning is central to the Jewish culture. David Solomon, scholar, publicist, translator and kabbalist, gives an insight into Jewish history. Internationally known for his innovative, inspiring and dynamic way of teaching, he presents within just one hour the whole history of the Jewish people - from its origins until today and beyond.

Women in the Arab Spring: New and distinct forms of political participation

During the Arab uprisings, an unprecedented number of women took to the streets, paving the way for a more important role in politics. However, in the transitional period that follows, they now have to fight against their exclusion from the political arena. This fight will blur the conflict lines between the „traditional-religious“ and the „urban-modern-non-religious“ blocs.  By Dalal al-Bizri

Media Democracy, Hungarian Style

In other countries, the political control of the media is mainly effected through economic pressure. It seems that in Hungary this mechanism worked insufficiently, thus necessitating direct political control through legal means and a monopoly on the organs controlling the media. An article by By Wolfgang Klotz

Instant History: The Berlin Wall Falls Again (and Again…)

"Oh I think it is a great day for freedom … you can see the joy on people’s faces and you see what freedom means to them, it makes you realise that you can’t stifle or suppress people’s desire for liberty." (Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister) A article by By Sunil Manghani

1968 and the Discovery of Politics

What is the legacy of 1968? - The discovery of politics in everyday practice, the practical improvement of society from within and below, a cosmopolitan attitude, a passion for open politics, sustained social commitments, an insistence on self-determination and democratic participation By Ralf Fücks