500 Words on Brexit

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That ever-useful distinction between ‘ideologues’ (crudely, those who put ideas before people, whatever their motives) and ‘pragmatists’ (those who put people’s needs before ideas) seems nowhere more relevant than in Britain today. The UK has proved a perfect environment for ideologues whose chief idea - Brexit - reflects (but only [...]
30 Jan 2020 Read more

The Process of Introducing Amendments to the Russian Constitution Is Yet Another Sign for the Lack of Democracy in the Russian Political System

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   [ + ] 1. ↑ See the current text of the Constitution, which was adopted at the referendum on 12 December 1993, at www.constitution.ru/en/10003000-01.htm 2. ↑ For more information, see, e.g., www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russias-tumultuous-week-the-main-events-a69008, www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-23/putin-s-overhaul-gets-initial-approval-in-russian-parliament and https://meduza.io/en/news/2020/01/15/putin-proposes-national-referendum-on-russian-constitutional-amendments (with the list of proposed amendments 3. ↑ See http://en.kremlin.ru/structure/state-council 4. ↑ See the text […]

27 Jan 2020 Read more

Now online: Exhibition Catalogue for the exhibition “Different wars: National School Textbooks on World War II”

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The Exhibition Catalogue for the exhibition “Different wars: National School Textbooks on World War II” is now available online. The catalogue does not only reproduce the exhibition, but gives additional information on the countries’ internal discussions and key aspects regarding WWII, on the curricula and the teaching methods.   View […]

22 Jan 2020 Read more

November Review: Demonstrations in Europe and Court Hearings in Russia

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   [ + ] 1. ↑ See https://www.pytkam.net/ru/news/evropeyskiy-sud-kommuniciroval-zhalobu-maksima-lapunova-na-pytki-i-neeffektivnoe-rassledovanie (in Russian) 2. ↑ See https://rm.coe.int/16809371ee 3. ↑ See https://eu-russia-csf.org/wp-content/uploads/statements/en/StatementOyubTitiev19.03.2019.pdf 4. ↑ See https://dmitrievaffair.com/2019/11/21/petition-free-yury-dmitriev/ 5. ↑ See the joint statement by the Forum’s Solidarity Group and Historical Memory and Education Working Group on the persecution of Perm Memorial: https://eu-russia-csf.org/stand-with-perm-memorial/ and a public appeal […]

12 Dec 2019 Read more

Dekabristen in 2019

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Can social entrepreneurs become the key players of civil society? How does volunteering contribute to regional development? What can be done to revitalise post-Soviet dormitory suburbs? How to combine activism and art? These topics were the focus of the Berlin organisation Dekabristen in 2019. Dekabristen e.V. is an association of […]

11 Dec 2019 Read more