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After thirteen “analogue” events, Debates on Europe is due to the Covid-19 pandemic moving into the digital sphere. Under the title Debates Digital: Text & Talks, we have published a series of essays by some of the outstanding writers, scholars and public intellectuals who are part of the Debates on Europe network. For more information on previous events, see Past Debates.
NEW TEXT - Croatia: The Virus, the Earthquake and the Bio-Economy of Tourism by Slavenka Drakulić
In Croatia, an allegedly independent group of experts have pulled the strings in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But this crisis management has in fact been deeply political, writes journalist and novelist Slavenka Drakulić. Dependent on tourism, EU’s youngest member state plays a risky game where political power and economy stand against the lives of the most vulnerable. In the end the future of democracy could be at stake.
Northern Ireland: In Belfast the Virus Challenges Political Allegiences by Jan Carson
Belarus: Pandemic Life and Hope by Iryna Vidanava
Belgrade: Herd democracy by Dubravka Stojanović
Hungary: A Protracted Crisis of Human Dignity by Anna Lengyel
Russia: Quarantined from Politics by Sergei Lebedev
Lithuania: Quarantine Withdrawal Syndrome by Marius Ivaškevičius
What is Debates on Europe
Since its inception in 2012, the series Debates on Europe has been hosted in places where the idea of Europe is at stake. In international discussion forums organized in cooperation with local actors – mainly in eastern and south-eastern Europe – it addresses the most pressing issues on the European agenda. By supporting civil society in places where this is still emerging or under pressure it furthers free and open debate on cultural, social and political issues.