quo vadis – not yet answered …

… and possibly not yet sufficiently clear in posing the question. In his address to the Heads of State, on the occasion of the anniversary of the process of  European integration, of which the EU is so far the highest stage, pope Francis said that [t]hat spirit remains as necessary as ever today, in the … Continua a leggere

… Perché …

Ti hanno uccisa e sepolta nei titoli dei loro giornali, madre. Come posso perdonare, madre? Come può Jenin perdonare? Come si può portare questo fardello? Come si può vivere in un mondo che volta le spalle a questa ingiustizia da così tanto tempo? E’ questo che significa essere palestinesi, madre? (Susan Abulhawa, 2011: Ogni mattina a … Continua a leggere

Quo Vadis Europe

Part of the previous story is of course the question mentioned above … – and a small contribution to push the direction can be made here, where the IASQ is calling scholars to support our Declaration that was published om March 8, 2017. The Declaration, titled The Post Brexit Declaration on Social Quality In Europe, deals with … Continua a leggere

forward, right- or upwards or where should we go?

Yesterday we stood a step back from the abyss … – today we are looking for The progressive way, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the EU. It is frightening that the linked article, explicitly claiming a social democratic orientation, is even opened by a photo, making direct reference to the pattern that has in the meantime even … Continua a leggere

… vista …

Chiuse gli occhi, rinata, il metallo freddo ancora contro la fronte. I ricordi la riportarono indietro, e ancora indietro, a una patria che non aveva mai conosciuto. e Una terra senza popolo per un popolo senza terra. Lo ripeté finché quasi non se ne convinse. Se non fosse stato per quella donna araba. (Susan Abulhawa, … Continua a leggere

site update

A brief note on a “change” of the blog. Two new categories are added: Aphorisms from living in and between worlds – impressions and conversations It is a bit about thoughts on life and its philosophy, and also about joys of life. But it is more like taking up on the Diary from a Journey into … Continua a leggere

mind snatchers

Back home now, taking up teaching again – and with this the “major challenge” we face – nolens volens E.P. Thompson wrote in an article in 1970: Collectively, all of us – all we liberal academics – were struck with a paralysis of will as the system not only grew round us, but built us into its … Continua a leggere

the combi-app

Recently I had to travel from Berlin to Salzburg – and after not living in Europe for some time now, I booked a flight, not really thinking about the distance, simply having the “vague feeling” that it is quite a distance and visiting a gateway site, scanning hundreds of connections. After booking the flight – Berlin to Cologne/Duesseldorf, … Continua a leggere

Quo Vadis? – On EUrope’s future

What I usually do not do … – posting a link only – I still do occasionally, e.g. today: Quo Vadis Europa? | Marica Frangakis on the EuroMemorandum 2017 and the multi-speed scenario for the future of Europe

Political Economy or Political Economics?

So gut wie nichts hat alles gut gemacht (Adorno) Nearly nothing made everything good (Adorno) Davis, on page 53 of the Planet of Slums, contends: The very market forces, in other words, that the World Bank currently hails as the solution to the Third World urban housing crisis are the classical instigators of that same crisis. … Continua a leggere