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We help you cut through the noise and make sense of things. Eurozine brings you diverse perspectives from throughout Europe and beyond.

    Why it united in the first place - André Wilkens on the unimaginable

    Why it united in the first place - André Wilkens on the unimaginable

    In this episode of Gagarin, director André Wilkens talks about the state of the European project ahead of Europe Day or Schumann Day on the 9th of May. The director of the European Cultural Foudation points out how Putin's war on Ukraine reminds Europe of why it needed to unite in the first place; the role of cultural workers in the crisis of war and destruction; and ultimately, what one can celebrate on Europe Day when the very integrity of the European Project is being contested.

    Spoiler: André Wilkens wants a public holiday dedicated specifically to celebrate and reflect on the European Union. And don’t we all?

    This episode is a condensed and edited version of a longer conversation, which is available in its entirety only to our Patrons, featuring bonus material about what European youth have been afraid of – and how their concerns have quickly shifted. You can get access to the full episode, and more giveaways by becoming a Patron for as little as €5 a month at patreon.com/eurozine

    You can find the programme of this year's Europe Day at https://europeday.eu/
    Or get information about the Cultura of Solidarity Grant of the ECF dedicated to supporting cultural workers affected by the war in Ukraine: https://culturalfoundation.eu/stories/culture-of-solidarity-fund-ukraine-edition/

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    • 35 min
    Putin's big lie and his allies that didn’t last

    Putin's big lie and his allies that didn’t last

    Today’s guest is a native of Sevastopol: Anton Shekhovtsov, Director of the Centre for Democratic Integrity, and author of the book ‘Russia and the Western Far Right’.

    In this episode, he tells about Russian imperialist mythology and how the insane propaganda of Ukraine’s de-Nazification came about; the new status of Belarus as a mere vassal state; desertion as a political option; and how western elites have abandoned their alliances with Vladimir Putin – with a few notable exceptions.

    This podcast episode is a condensed and edited version of a longer conversation, which is available in its entirety only to our Patrons, featuring bonus material about the Biden administration’s non-interventionist stance and Donal Trump’s surprising comments on Putin’s tactical genius.

    You can become a patron by pledging as little as 5 euros a month, or more for even more giveaways and exclusive content on Patreon at patreon.com/eurozine

    Read more in Eurozine about Ukraine: https://www.eurozine.com/tag/ukraine/

    Find Anton Shekhovtsov’s petition to Western universities here: https://www.change.org/p/western-universities-give-preference-to-ukrainian-applicants-to-western-universities-in-the-year-2022

    His articles in Eurozine: https://www.eurozine.com/authors/anton-shekhovtsov/

    His piece in Falter on Russia’s Big Lie: https://www.falter.at/zeitung/20220227/russlands-grosse-luege

    And talking to Bloomberg’s Lionel Laurent:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-02-28/putin-had-lots-of-friends-among-europe-s-elite-many-have-now-gone-quiet

    You can follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_SHEKH0VTS0V

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    • 37 min
    Learning to live with the madness: Péter Krekó on vaccine reluctance and political calculation

    Learning to live with the madness: Péter Krekó on vaccine reluctance and political calculation

    Behind vaccine hesitancy and the skyrocketing of bogus medicine, lies a motivated rejection of science, and the effects of a decades-long campaign waged against climate science and medicine. Political scientist Péter Krekó offers a way to understand why public health has become such a battleground of beliefs, and why rationality is not a straight antidote.

    This episode has an extended version available to Eurozine's Patrons here: https://www.patreon.com/Eurozine
    In the full conversation, we look into what effect the vaccines will have on the soon upcoming Hungarian elections, and whether there is an antidote to junk science and commercial bogus.

    Péter Krekó is the director of the Budapest-based think tank Political Capital Institute, Hungary. He is also a former Europe’s Futures fellow of Eurozine’s long-time collaborator, the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. He has written extensively in Eurozine on conspiracy theories and disinformation, and their implications for the pandemic.

    Find Péter Krekó's latest article, 'Mutations of science in the pandemic' in Eurozine: https://www.eurozine.com/mutations-of-science-in-the-pandemic/

    And his further articles: https://www.eurozine.com/authors/peter-kreko/

    Read more from Eurozine's focal point 'Endemic: when emergency is the norm': https://www.eurozine.com/focal-points/endemic/

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    • 33 min
    Refusing refugees: Ranabir Samaddar on forced migration

    Refusing refugees: Ranabir Samaddar on forced migration

    Europe is facing a demographic crisis, resulting in suffocating labour shortages, and yet, incoming migration is more and more rejected in mainstream politics. Can the EU come to terms with this great contradiction without an implosion?
    Editor-in-chief Réka Kinga Papp asks Ranabir Samaddar, distinguished chair in migration and forced migration studies of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in Kalkota, India. He also was a visiting fellow earlier this year at Eurozine’s long-time collaborator, the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna.

    • 38 min

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