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The image that Europe is currently presenting could hardly be more contradictory: isolationism, populism, scepticism about EU institutions are all mixed in with a newly blossoming euphoria about the European idea. Does Europe need a reset?
In the face of democratic crises, climate change, structural change and the hate that exists in society, the people of Europe need new ways of solving pressing problems. Can culture help to win back the trust of Europe’s citizens and create a European public sphere? Can it generate more unity and defend Europe’s existential values of human rights, multilateralism, freedom of the press and opinion?
The contributors to this Culture Report look for answers, including Francis Fukuyama, Alfred Grosser, Pankaj Mishra, Ece Temelkuran, Herta Müller, Federica Mogherini Jan and Aleida Assmann and Margaret Atwood.
FOREWORD: Preventing nationalism and promoting a European public sphere. By Sebastian Körber
Chapter 1: DEMOCRACY ON THE BACK FOOT – IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM
The fight for liberal democracy. By Francis Fukuyama
Europe’s identities. By Alfred Grosser
Our global mess. By Ladislau Dowbor
Polarisation, identity, and how it all went wrong. By Bernd Reiter
Maximising mistrust. By Branko Milanović
The many ideas of Europe. By Pankaj Mishra
From figure of fun to terrifying autocrat. By Ece Temelkuran
Centre and periphery. By Adam Balcer
Homesick for the future. By Herta Müller
Chapter 2: RESET EUROPE – CRISIS AS OPPORTUNITY
A call to action. By Emmanuel Macron
Lifesaving medicine for the world. By Federica Mogherini
What unites Europe? By Heinrich August Winkler
How can Europe gain new strength? By Heribert Prantl
More politics? By Ulrike Guérot
Time to make Europe understandable. By Martin Schulz
Revolution is in the air. By Bogdan Goralczyk
Freedom for creative artists. By Jagoda Marinić
Chapter 3: SOCIAL FRAGMENTATION – THE FIGHT TO CONTROL THE NARRATIVE
A short story about control. By Anatol Itten
An exclusive claim to truth. By Aleida and Jan Assmann
The loss of the public sphere. By Eva Menasse
Writing in times of disaster. By Asne Seierstad
In defence of the do-gooders. By Ilija Trojanow
The digital illusion. By Jaron Lanier
The future rulers? By Thorsten Jelinek
Platform Europe. By Johannes Hillje
Giving voices to the voiceless. By Margaret Atwood
The power of conspiracy. By Michael Butter
Press freedom under pressure. By Frank Vogl
Aleida und Jan Assmann, Margaret Atwood, Adam Balcer, Michael Butter, Ladislau Dowbor, Francis Fukuyama, Bogdan Góralczyk, Alfred Grosser, Ulrike Guerot, Johannes Hillje, Anatol Itten, Thorsten Jelinek, Sebastian Körber, Jaron Lanier, Heiko Maas, Emmanuel Macron, Jagoda Marinic, Eva Menasse, Branco Milanovic, Pankaj Mishra, Federica Mogherini, Herta Müller, Heribert Prantl, Bernd Reiter, Martin Schulz, Asne Seierstad, Ece Temelkuran, Ilija Trojanow, Frank Vogl, Heinrich August Winkler
Is it conceivable that there could once again be war in Europe? Berlin photographer Edgar Zippel visits the border area between Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina and his photos reveal the traces of the destruction that was wrought by the Yugoslav civil war.
Looking at the people, it feels as if the fighting has only just ended, and they have not shaken off the horror and trauma that it brought to their lives. Zippel comments: 'My photos document the destruction of this region and its people and remind us of a war that raged in the heart of Europe 20 years ago, but that is still far from over elsewhere in the world'.