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Tr @ nsit was the online sister journal ofTransit, published until 2017. Here, authors, fellows and friends of the IWM offered further articles, reflections and comments related to ongoing research and debates at the Institute.

Tymoshenko: Wake-up call for the EU

Why has the EU reacted so angrily to Tymoshenko’s imprisonment and threatened the Ukrainian government with various sanctions, primarily with the shelving of the nearly-finalized Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine?

The Unexpected Fourth Estate Crisis

Authors: Paul Starr (Translated by Andreas Simon dos Santos)
My guide says that I am standing here on the most prestigious stage in the German-speaking world. I regret all the more that I cannot speak in German here. I'm also not so sure whether what I want to talk about belongs in a theater at all - except for one reason: the subject we are talking about today has something dramatic, perhaps even tragic, about it.

Hectic proximity: journalism and politics

When journalism is talked about today and there are also many journalists around, there is usually a big complaint. And one has the impression of attending a funeral ceremony rather than a colleague meeting. As is well known, there is much to complain about all over the world. Suffice it to say: The good old printed newspaper, the big problem child, is notoriously bad. No publisher has yet found the magic cure to compensate for the decline of print - which, by the way, I do not consider unstoppable - with bubbling income from online. Journalism seems to have become an ailing industry with bad news fluttering into the house every day. That gnaws heavily at the self-confidence of the journalists, who sometimes have to be imagined as melancholy contemporaries.

Art - Society - Politics

Between 2008 and 2010, the IWM organized a series of lectures with the kind support of the Renner Institute under the unimaginably unimaginative title of Art - Society - Politics. Three common nouns strung together abruptly, especially in the frowned upon singular - when we have long known that the / an art, the / a society, not to mention the / a politics no longer exists, never existed and not at all can give, but only the confusing abundance, the colorful diversity, the irreducible plurality of arts, societies, politics, etc. - or perhaps none of all of that. At a time when everything and nothing has to be advertised, when the struggle for attention is becoming an imperative for any type of public event, such a meaningless title seems to be a fatal marketing strategy.

The story behind the story

When people talk about journalism nowadays — and particularly when journalists talk about journalism — a chorus of lamentation usually rises to the heavens. One has the impression of attending a funeral service rather than a celebration among colleagues.

Balancing the Books

West German foreign policy after 1945 was reconciliatory but conducted over the heads of the eastern European populations who had suffered most during the war. Now, Germany can be said to have atoned for its wartime misdemeanours; yet, in the European political climate post-May 2004, eastern European experiences of subjugation are often glossed over.

Memories of 1984

My first encounter with George Orwell's novel must have taken place sometime in the early 1970s - when I was reading at school. After Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four was "taken through". This was probably not only done to expand our English vocabulary, but also with the intention of giving the students of a deeply middle-class girls' high school in the deepest western German province (on the extreme western edge of which my parents had fled in the late 1950s), not least of all to spare their child the GDR school system) to show the horrors of a victorious totalitarian system.

The Hungarian Shock: Transition from Democracy?

Hungary has been among the greatest successes of the postcommunist era but - faced by new challenges in the twenty-first century - the thriving democracy achieved in the 'negotiated revolution' of 1989 is facing unexpected threats.

Taking stick

Barely eight months have passed since Hungary’s new Parliament met - and since then the words and deeds of the party and new government have turned the political life and the workings of the state and the economy upside down. We are constantly perplexed; we have not even recovered from our astonishment at yesterday’s political measure when today’s new announcement or measure arrives. It is hard to stay upright in the whirlwind of events and absorb their import.

Living memory of the dictatorship What Europe's south and east have in common

The French political scientist Maurice Duverger became known throughout Europe in 1951 through “Duverger’s Law”, according to which a simple majority system in single-electoral districts favors the development of a two-party system.

To configure human history, violence and community. Repoliticization of a “humanism of the other person” with a view to Levinas and Rancière

Authors: Burkhard Liebsch
It is well known that people are mortal; but can terms like “man” also die in order to celebrate their discursive resurrection?

Obama and the Crisis: What Does the Future Hold?

Authors: Katherine S. Newman
The rise of populist, xenophobic and nationalist parties has been attributed to tensions arising from the financial crisis in Europe. While these tensions have erupted in some regions of the United States as well, ironically at the national level, the steep downturn delivered a democratic victory with the election of Barack Obama.