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Suspended Utopia

With our magazine we have encouraged reflection and mutual understanding about European issues, and tried to act as an intellectual and artistic point of reference, at the intersection of opinions. But our resources today prevent us from continuing along this road and force us to suspend publication.

Eutopia’s journey
Climate and Sustainability

The UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris has the aim of reaching an agreement to keep global warming below 2°C. Europe was the home of the industrial revolution that contributed to the acceleration of global warming, and is now demanding that the "developed" countries adopt often expensive environmentally-friendly technologies and respect internationally-agreed protocols and rules. So what should be done? What models can Europe promote for a sustainable economy? And from a geographical and historical point of view, how has the climate built Europe? Through debates on this fascinating and pressing theme, authors will try to stimulate new questions and provide some answers.

What role for Europe
Borders

Borders are a topic that has long raised discussion, interpretation and debate: to the West with the position of Great Britain, and even more so to the East. We want to retrace the idea of a geographical Europe throughout history, draw the current and desired borders of the EU, address the ‘Turkish question’ and that of the relations with the Mediterranean. We will reflect on the relations we should establish with countries outside of the Union – in particular those on the southern shores of the Mediterranean – and explore the existence of any borders internal to Europe.

Where is Europe? AW_©Stephan Vanfleteren
The Cultural Exception

In 1993, France introduced the concept of the ‘Cultural Exception’ (l'exception culturelle). The idea was to treat cultural services and goods differently from other market products because the values and identities they represent are not compatible with a commercial value. UNESCO later supported this stance in 2005 with a convention protecting cultural diversity. But how important are our individual cultures in Europe and does protecting our diversity mean closing ourselves off from our neighbours?

A European debate
#JesuisCharlie: Europe after the Paris attacks

What is the link between young Europeans who have planned the latest aggressions and ISIS and Al Qaeda? Can integration policies help in fighting religious fanaticism? Should freedom of expression have a limit in offending ideas and religious beliefs? Is it correct to speak of ‘a war’? Some of the most important European academic voices discuss these and more themes on the relationship between Islam and Europe.

Are we really at war?
The Berlin Wall 25 years later

A special issue to reflect on how far the fall of the Berlin wall represents a momentous political, historical but also intellectual split and how it still impacts our lives today. European historians, philosophers and sociologists focus on how the fall of the wall changed and still changes thoughts and perspectives in Europe. Contributors include Zygmunt Bauman, Ivan Krastev, Valerio Castronovo and François Hartog, among others.

11.9.1989-11.9.2014
European Cities

Cities have traditionally been considered a distinctive feature of European identity. Some cities are expanding rapidly, especially by an increase in their suburbs, and in doing so they are gradually losing their borders. Others are now models of so called “smart cities”, ecological and advanced urban centres. In all of them history and modernity coexist – and sometimes fight. Urban planning is the constant search for the perfect balance between beauty and comfort. Benjamin Barber writes that cities are the only place where democratic and effective government can exist. Does this apply to Europe? Architects, historians and experts such as Guido Morpurgo, Anne Vogelpohl, Pablo Sanchez Chillon, Sehran Ada and many others reflect on the transformation of European cities.

The challenge of modernity
Rethinking Democracy

Europe's democratic model is facing a crisis which has old and recent roots. Asking if democracy is the only reasonable political system in the Western world and in modern age should be no more a taboo. A discussion with, among the others, Philippe Aigrain, Gaetano Azzariti, Wilfried Nippel, Gino Roncaglia, Myriam Revault d'Allonnes.

A European challenge
Welfare

Europe is in need of a new welfare State in line with the changes occurred in the last decades in the lives and work style of Europeans. This is the thesis coming out of various contributions among which those of Chiara Saraceno, Colin Crouch, Stefan Lessenich, Maurizio Ferrera, Tony Atkinson, Enrico Giovannini and others.

why we need a social Europe