The end of communism was meant to be a return to the “civilised” world of individualism and consumerism. It didn’t quite happen that way. (More…)

While the pandemic continues to inflict horrific suffering on the world, its early phase is now capable of inspiring nostalgia. We remember the excitement of watching everyday routines grind to a halt and then having to figure out what to do in their absence. (More…)

We are living in an era of challenges to liberal democracy that would have been comprehensible to previous generations.  (More…)

On her spacious and subtle new album Medieval Femme, Fatima Al Qadiri returns to London’s Hyperdub label to ask forceful questions about the relationship between margin and centre. (More…)

This is What Europe Sounds Like makes for uneasy listening.  Not because of strident guitars, disturbing lyrics, or aggressive atonality, but because it refuses to meet the expectation of music at all. (More…)

Fans from Italy and the Balkans, including Turkey, have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of Zagor, one of Southern Europe’s most popular comics series. (More…)

Though short – the entire digital recording clocks in at seventeen minutes – and somewhat haphazardly put together, John Waters’ Prayer to Pasolini makes a meaningful contribution to cinematic history. (More…)

Nationalism has been the most influential politics in Europe since the dawn of the 19th century (to say nothing for the moment about the wider world). (More…)

HBO’s new cinematic adaptation of J.T. Rogers’ Tony award-winning play Oslo is consistently entertaining.  (More…)

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