Politics & Society

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Tender Monster Brussels or the Disenfranchisement of Europe

»Europe is on everyone’s lips these days. Mistrust is rife against the distant institution in Brussels. What, more and more Europeans ask themselves, do our largely unknown custodians do behind mirrored facades, mostly closed doors and with a highly questionable legitimisation?«

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Terror's Men

The eagerness with which school children, jihadists, family men and suicide bombers take arms to end their lives, and as many others as possible, puzzles most of us. »One needn't understand everything, but an attempt can't hurt«, is this essay's motto, which Hans Magnus Enzensberger has dedicated to »Radical Underdogs«.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger


This volume features works written between 1989 and 1996. Three essays are published for the first time, the others remain unaltered except for minimal stylistic changes.

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France (Gallimard), Greece (Scripta Publishing); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: English world rights (The New Press), Spanish world rights (Anagrama), Brazil (Imago Editora), Italy (Einaudi), Denmark (Gyldendal), Sweden (Geelmuyden)

Dorothea Gädeke

Politics of Domination

Should we actively support processes of democratisation in other parts of the world? With the end of the cold war, liberal democracy appeared to be ready to spread throughout the world. Established democracies attempted to support this process. But since the beginning of the new century there has been a backlash and ever more often there are accusations of imperialism.

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Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Donatella della Porta, Nancy Fraser, Eva Illouz, Ivan Krastev, Bruno Latour, Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Robert Misik, Oliver Nachtwey, César Rendueles, Wolfgang Streeck, David Van Reybrouck, Slavoj Žižek

The Great Regression

At the latest, since the effects of the financial crisis became clear and migration to the European Union began to grow, we have seen developments that many had thought were the phenomena of a distant age: the rise of nationalistic, in part anti-liberal parties like the Front National and the Alternative für Deutschland, the profound crisis of the EU, a coarsening of public discourse thanks to demagogues like Donald Trump, a growing distrust of the established media and the spread of xenophobic ideas... all of which are a reminder of dark times. Politicians are vilified as »traitors to the fatherland«, Muslims are under general suspicion and the internet is awash with the crudest of conspiracy theories.

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Stefan Gmünder, Klaus Zeyringer

Raw Leather

Authoritarian leaders who palm themselves off as men of the people on the podium while corrupt sports officials delight alongside them in their guaranteed immunity; world-cup stadiums that are built by wage-slaves and fall into disrepair after the big event; stars like Neymar who change clubs for astronomic fees – looking at these developments, many fans are of one mind: football is suffering.

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Jürgen Habermas

On Europe's Constitution

»In the face of a politically unregulated rise in global social complexity which systemically and increasingly restricts the autonomy of the nation state, the normative function of democracy itself requires that political agency be expanded beyond national boundaries.« Jürgen Habermas

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Lea Haller

Transit Trade

Coffee, cotton, rubber: there are hardly any goods that are not shipped across the oceans. The driving force, however, is not the consumers, but the middlemen. Lea Haller presents a detailed history of the transit trade that makes up an enormous part of the global economy for the first time.

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Axel Honneth


In his new book, Axel Honneth traces the idea of recognition and the diversity of meanings it has taken on since the beginning of modernity in Europe. Referencing three powerful schools of thought – the French, the British and the German – he traces the way it has in each case experienced entirely different philosophical interpretations and sociopolitical expressions due to various sociopolitical challenges.

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Eva Illouz

Is it possible to be a Jewish Intellectual?

What is happening in a country where security is of such importance that a female physician is willing to take part in a conspiracy to commit murder because she is convinced that in doing so she will be defending that country? Would high-ranking Israeli politicians or military leaders be willing to protect a member of a minority against the suspicion of high treason? These are the types of questions Eva Illouz traces in her essays about Israel.

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Sweden (Daidalos)

Eva Illouz

Hard-Core Romance

E.L. James’ BDSM trilogy Shades of Grey was an enormous success worldwide, particularly with women. But why? Because of the allegedly pornographic content? Because it was backed by a cleverly formulated marketing strategy?

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English world rights (Chicago UP), Spanish world rights (Katz), France (Seuil), Italy (Mimesis), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Korea (Dolbegae), Poland (PWN)

Rahel Jaeggi

Progress and Regression

Progress denotes social change towards a situation in which conditions are becoming not only different, but better – by abolishing slavery, for example, or declaring rape within a marriage a crime. Many would agree to that, and yet, the notion of a general social progress has lost its appeal. It even elicits skepticism. On the other hand, the inclination to evaluate the increase of authoritarian resentments and right-wing populist movements as a kind of regression grows.

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Uffa Jensen

The Politics of Rage

If we had a device for measuring the intensity of collective feelings, at the moment it would be in the red: in most of our political debates rational arguments and mutual respect have given way to fury, hate, and anxiety.

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Dirk Jörke

The Size of Democracy

Though for a long time there was consensus about the integration of national states into transnational communities like the European Union, this view is now under pressure: Brussels is too far away, the populations of member states have too little influence – »Take back control« as the Brexiteers said.

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Green Maps to Save the World

How many trees are there per person? And how much of the earth’s surface is covered in concrete? To fly or not to fly? SUV or e-scooter? Paper or plastic? eBook or print edition? Does the individual even determine the future of the planet at all, or is it on politicians to act? Answers to these and many more questions can be found in the alarming, illuminating and inspiring maps created by Germany’s most innovative magazine.

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Artur Klinau


 Anyone arriving in Minsk for the first time is likely to be confused and overwhelmed by the enormous boulevards, the endless parks downtown, and the numerous places adorned with curious décor.

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France (Signes et Balises), Sweden (Ersatz), Poland (Czarne), Hungary (Kairosz)

Claus Leggewie


The Greek crisis and the lack of willingness to act when dealing with refugees have shown clearly that the European Union is troubled. Additionally, there are more and more voices of various degrees of provenance that attack Europe and question European values: identitarians like the mass murderer Anders Breivik, jihadists like the Syrian Abu Musab al-Suri, »Eurasians« like Putin-advisor Alexander Dugin, but also some left-wing populists associated with Syriza and Podemos.

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Philipp Lepenies

The Power of the Single Number

At first glance, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is but a number, a figure expressed in Dollars, Euros or any other currency. It measures the value of all goods and services that are produced in a country within a given period of time. But GDP is much more than a mere economic statistic. GDP is the most powerful statistical indicator in human history.

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English world rights (Columbia UP), Chinese simplex rights (China Renmin UP)

Enis Maci

Ice Cream Parlour Europe

What might resistance look like nowadays? Seeking an answer, Enis Maci draws a direct line from Joan of Arc to Sophie Scholl to the sworn virgins of Albania. She exposes the media strategies of the identitarian movement as a farce, she questions mother tongue and  origin, travels to the Walhalla memorial where she looks at Edith Stein’ bust, the nun murdered in Auschwitz. She dwells on social fringes and weaves seemingly unrelated topics into the dense panorama of the European present-day. In her essays, the remarkable rubs shoulders in her essays with the everyday, the private with the political.

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Philip Manow

The Political Economy of Populism

Populism is a multifarious phenomenon. Sometimes from the right, sometimes from the left; sometimes it articulates a protest against open markets, sometimes it turns against migration. Also in its geographic distribution it is rich in variance: in southern Europe leftist populism holds sway, in northern Europe that of the right. Philip Manow develops a comparative explanation for this initially contradictory-seeming picture.

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Netherlands (Leesmagazijn)

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