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The Poetry of Gardens: Russian Parks as Civic Spaces

I hear it from people I meet on the train, in places of work or entertainment: Russians, but for a few exceptions, do not engage politically; they make poor citizens. Yet I cannot but be struck with the plastic notion … Continue reading

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Monolingualism or pride precedes the fall

I still remember discovering a French translation of “The Ugly American” on my mother’s bedside table in my early mid-teen in Switzerland. I read some pages feeling slightly puzzled. Yet it confirmed my vague impressions of the Americans as a … Continue reading

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Remembering foundings in Russia and the European Union

Do the European Union and Russia share a similar difficulty in coming to terms with the memories of their political origins?  This question comes up at the end of my second class session on The Politics of European Integration with … Continue reading

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In Greece with the Greeks

Will Greece exit the Eurozone? No one knows for sure, even after the second round of elections. But after eight weeks spent in Athens this spring I cannot countenance more loose talk about Greece in some Western media and EU … Continue reading

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