Languages & Culture Archives

  • AfD lashes out at Özil

    03-06-2016

    His national credentials are indisputable. Named ‘best German abroad’ in January by football tabloid Kicker, it was the fifth such crowning for the Ruhr-born midfielder, following four consecutive years as Germany’s player of the year.

  • Why Kosovo and the Balkans found relief in Austria’s election result

    Enlargement 01-06-2016

    As president of the tiny Republic of Kosovo in the Western Balkans, Hashim Thaçi is the first one to admit to being very relieved by the results of the presidential elections in Austria.

  • Europe must remember its anti-fascist roots

    Elections 19-05-2016

    Has the EU forgotten it was the product of anti-fascist ideals? The question may sound absurd to anyone not following the latest political developments. But the situation in Austria is cause for concern, write Guillaume Balas, Sergio Cofferati, Curzio Maltese and Dimitrios Papadimoulis.

  • Alarming trends in media freedom blight Europe

    22-04-2016

    Freedom of expression and media pluralism are principles enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member states are bound to guarantee them, as they represent the essence of liberal democracies. But Pier Luigi Parcu asks whether this is true in practice.

  • Why the EU should accept Ankara’s demands

    Global Europe 16-03-2016

    The EU-Turkey deal has been painted by some as a step backward for European values, but in the long run, adopting the deal would benefit not only the EU and Ankara, but the refugee as well, argues Alexander Bürgin.

  • Private copying in Spain: A slap in the face for authors

    Innovation & Industry 11-03-2016

    The Spanish government’s decision to limit the amount of compensation payable to rightsholders is a slap in the face to authors, as well as to the culture industry, writes Fernando Carbajo Cascón.

  • Little Europe

    05-01-2016

    If we want to transcend the dichotomy between regulated diversity and nationalist reaction, Europeans will have to go beyond mere tolerance. Whether or not this takes place within a common European identity is another question, argues Josh White.

  • Refugee crisis highlights differences of French and Dutch integration models

    08-12-2015

    With the refugee crisis, the French are testing the limits of assimilation as a model of integration, while the Netherlands is grappling with a growing distance between Dutch identity and 'Dutch tolerance’, writes Eline Chivot.

  • The European Language Cloud, or how to enable a multilingual Europe

    23-11-2015

    Europe’s linguistic diversity is a cultural and social asset, but modern language infrastructure is needed to truly unite Europe in its diversity, write Andrejs Vasi?jevs and Rihards Kalni?š.

  • Media freedom and plurality is struggling in Eastern Europe

    18-11-2015

    The European Union must do more to tackle endemic corruption and the lack of media pluralism in Central and Eastern Europe, writes Juan Garcia.

  • Christians in Middle East have a ‘vocation’ to stay

    29-10-2015

    The violence and terror of IS has effectively driven all Christians and Yazidis from their homes in Iraq. To stay in the Middle East or not - that’s the most pressing question for refugees in the region, writes Benoit Lanoo.

  • TTIP, public service media and cultural diversity

    19-10-2015

    Ten years on from the adoption of the UNESCO Convention, its principles are more relevant than ever today and have a crucial role to play in any future transatlantic trade deal, writes Jean-Paul Philippot.