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Anna Polonyi

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Third Culture Child

The nation-state in crisis, clash of civilizations, the death of multikulti? Anna Polonyi writes about hybridity, where historical memory and aesthetics meet daily politics.

The Iron Curtain’s Comeback

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How the death-strip turned into a biodiversity Eden, and why its story is emblematic of Europe's problems today.

27.06.2012

Terrorists and Occupiers

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The 7th Berlin Biennale “Forget Fear” has been met with scathing criticism. Too political, too vague, or too didactic: German cultural critics unite in declaring it a flop. But is that the reason for this enfant terrible’s success?

27.05.2012

A Flicker, But No Beacon of Hope

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Obama has finally announced his support for same-sex marriage. But as the fierce conservative opposition shows, the West is no longer the prime champion of equality and democratic progress.

15.05.2012

La Universala Lingvo

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Esperanto's advocates envisioned nothing less than a revolution of human language. But the universal language has a different strength: it flourishes in local contexts and committed communities.

03.05.2012

Much Ado About... A Poem?

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How did a bad poem become the cause of international diplomatic conflict?

15.04.2012

Why the EU Is Unsexy

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The Euro crisis has given the European Union a bad rep, but at least it has given it a rep to speak of. This may turn out to be more important than any potential fiscal or budgetary integration touted on paper.

25.03.2012

Field Guide to Dresden

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After years on the periphery of public attention, nao-Nazi radicalism has burst back into the German consciousness. A country that is otherwise skeptical of expanding executive powers soften when it comes to deter agitation from the right.

13.02.2012

The Moniac

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Steam-punk anachronism meets utopian optimism: Bill Phillips' economic machines are a reminder of the times when markets were not seen as beasts but as subjects of scientific inquiry.

27.12.2011
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