26. September 2012
The media today represents the strongest weapon of the society and at same time the most influential tool of politics. Unlike the territorial borders, today the media sets new borders, much more important in the digitalized era, connected with privacy settings, accessibility and targeted up-to-date news. Also, it can be available from everywhere for everyone, no matter the age, language or status. In that way whoever uses it can find support, call for action, or impact on public opinion in any field of importance for the society or a group.
25. September 2012
by Lukas Brück
The European Union was created under the liberal basic assumption that shared institutions and judicial patterns of behavior and relations are to the benefit of all countries. But is this assumption correct? What is required to solve and come out of this current crisis stronger than before?
24. September 2012
When talking about media coverage and why it is important to the people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is important to see the historical picture of this area. Why? Because the interest for the Balkan Peninsula was always present in the world. And I am not talking just about media. It comes from the variety of events that happened and from the results that left marks that lasted (and still last) through time. Ancient events produced cultural myths that evolved over time, especially paying attention to the conflicts that started many Balkan wars, and eventually led to the “modern” (and hopefully last) conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. All of these events have left a significant historical mark on this land, which attracts not only tourists, but economical and political thinkers to give the praised opinions and longing to learn more about “windy area of the Balkans”.
24. September 2012
I am reading Lena Sundström’s book Världens lyckligaste folk (Eng: The world’s happiest people). It gives a brilliant insight into the development of xeno- and islamophobia (with a big focus on Denmark) for anyone who reads Swedish. Sundström makes countless interviews to find the roots of this fear of the foreign. In one of these interviews she speaks to a taxi driver, Shakil, born just north of Copenhagen who says “My father came here in 1967, so my whole family lives here in Denmark. We will never become Danish, but we feel Danish” (my translation).
18. September 2012
What is the image of Europe in 20 years time? Is European Union — just a middle stage of a process of unification of political, economial and social environments? Or are we at the grassroots of a change to counter direction to separate national states? Nowadays agenda of Europolitics is much more complicated, than just managing financial problems of Greece, Spain and Portugal, it is about future governance in Europe- dealing with common european financial stabilisation process.