|15 July, 2016||World|
My story is inseparable from my experience as a member of the European Parliament. During my term (2009-2014), I was in a position to witness the debates and political skirmishes in the House that allowed me to anticipate easily what happened recently in the United Kingdom
|1 July, 2016|
Rethinking Isaac Bashevis Singer
|1 June, 2016|
That evil can be banal we learn from Hannah Arendt’s book Eichmann in Jerusalem: The Report on the Banality of Evil published in 1963. As we all know, Israeli intelligence, the Mossad, caught the chief architect of the Holocaust in Argentina, and brought him to Israel where his trial took place
|31 March, 2016|
Born on September 11, 1935, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is one of the most illustrious creators of contemporary academic music
|2 February, 2016||History|
When as a student I heard Arsenal, the jazz rock band of the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, I was dumbfounded: in Soviet times Russian musicians were playing music that jazz lovers at once identified as being under the influence of Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tear
|18 December, 2015|
The Baltic States have already injected their share of optimism in the European project. Now the turn has come for Ukraine to cure the Union with her magnanimity and optimism
|9 December, 2015|
It may take two generations of Ukrainians to rebuild and reorient the country, yet Ukraine won the historic and epic battle for the future
|12 November, 2015|
The danger of clownish dictators
|24 September, 2015|
Russia has recently lost one of her towering personalities in the fields of political dissent, human rights defence, political memory, social criticism and humanities
|2 September, 2015||World|
We can conclude that Putin’s fascism and aggression in Europe was stopped, first and foremost, by the courage and heroism of Ukraine. Yet the leaders of the world, namely, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, have responded to the challenge as well
|17 August, 2015|
People who have lost their sensitivity temporarily or for a long time are no demons. They simply remove from their sensitivity zone certain people or entire groups
|6 August, 2015|
An analyst who tries to win back our threatened sense of self-confidence and sober-mindedness
|27 January, 2015|
Why it will fail sooner than the Russian leader expects
|15 August, 2014|
Ukraine has become a litmus test of global moral (in)sensitivity at the beginning of the 21st century
|12 February, 2014|
What could be a proper metaphor for a unilateral war – the war that has been waged in the void and with much sound and fury, yet that has no real adversaries? The war waged by the self-chasing ghost? Or that by a Don Quixote stripped of any ideals of chivalry, and confined to the fight against a series of imagined phantom-enemies?
|30 January, 2014|
The title of this opinion piece does ring a bell, doesn’t it? It was Slavoj Žižek who said these words when he was asked to assess the USA and NATO bombing of Serbia during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Whereas quite a few public intellectuals and thinkers in Europe had second thoughts on NATO operations, the Slovenian philosopher didn’t bother to search for a softer phrase: “Too little and too late"
|19 July, 2012|
If we choose to believe that well-being is more important than freedom, we pave the way for serfdom.
|4 June, 2012|
To have a plausible political-historical narrative nowadays means to have viable politics, rather than policies masquerading as politics.
|26 April, 2012|
It is a thousand times better for Ukraine to be regarded as the weakest link in the EU and NATO than the apple of the eye and the pride of Russia’s satellite world.
|30 March, 2012|
Lithuania was and continues to be unimaginable without its historically formed minorities and its precious voices.
|14 March, 2012|
We badly need a Hohol of our time who would point out what has been lost by Eastern European politics
|24 February, 2012|
In the world of a technological and consumerist society only two things matter: the entertainment of politics and the politics of entertainment.
|17 January, 2012|
In the modern liquid era, mass surveillance and colonization of that which is private is alive and well, though it assumes different forms.
|28 October, 2011|
The real threat to Europe and the world is the delayed collapse of old empires and the resulting formation of new hegemonic derivatives.
|19 September, 2011|
Human rights and multiculturalism are no longer values in the world today. They have turned into words opening the door to politics
|26 April, 2011|
2011 is the year of Czeslaw Milosz (1911–2004). The centenary of the greatest modern Polish poet allows us a glimpse of Eastern and Central Europe at the beginning of the twenty-first century
|15 March, 2011||Society|
The west won't tolerate fascism among its own, but is ready to tolerate it wuth Russia