Rise and fall of middle class. What is the condition and significance of middle class in Central Europe?
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In an attempt to portrait middle class in Central Europe, renowned academics, writers and intellectuals from the region and beyond discuss its roots and possible scenarios for the future. Street protesters and bank executives, literary awards recipients and aspiring political representatives of the contemporary middle classes are all in focus.
In this issue:
- Péter Nádas questions the links of middle class and democracy.
- USA based intelligence unit Stratfor reports on geopolitical outcomes of bank acquisition in the region.
- Rudolf Chmel examines the conditions of solidarity in times of crisis.
- Timothy Garton Ash discusses the horizons of European imagination.
- Plus extensive coverage on the relations between the USA and China, an overview of the Central European book awards and much more.
Survey: What is the condition and political significance of the middle class in the region? by Iveta Radičová, Gábor Takács, Anna Giza-Poleszczuk, Roman Joch, Vladimír Špidla, Ondřej Liška
The Way Things Stand by Péter Nádas
In Search of a Usable Past: Who Were the Ancestors of Polish Middle Class? By Tomasz Zarycki
Think Thanks Watch
Banking Battlegrounds by Marc Lanthemann (Stratfor’s Europe Analyst)
Economy and Business
Deregulation and New Trust in the State- an interview with Csaba László by Martin Ehl
Igor Janke asks Who Fights for the Middle Class?
Chinese Middle Class at European Doorsteps by Marta M. Golonka
The Traumatic Symbol of the Middle Class. Interview with Don Kalb by Zoltán Sidó and Dénes Csurgó
The End of Future by Rudolf Chmel
Farmers in Fairy-Tale Land. Poland and the European Crisis by Marcin Krol
The Land of Dilemmas by Magdalena M. Baran
Wojciech Przybylski in an interview with Timothy Garton Ash
Ukrainian “Stagnarchy” Buries the Eastern Partnership As We Know It by Alexander Duleba
A view from the Potomac by Robert Kron
The Visegrad Group in Eastern Europe: an Actor, Not a Leader (yet) by Jana Kobzová
The Rusyn Revival in Slovakia – or how to Create a Nationality at the Margin of Europe by Paul Bauer
Tramps, hikers, nature lovers – a new era of wanderlust by Szabina Kerényi
Photo reportage from the Tatra mountains by Krzysztof Pacholak
The Chances of Cultural renewal in Hungary by András Bozóki
When Literature Becomes Politics: Probing the Visegrád Countries’ Systems of Literary Awards by Marek Sečkař
Winged Victory of the Nike. The System of Literary Prizes in Poland by Cezary Polak
Literary Awards as Feedback in Literary Communication: The Typology of Literary Awards in Slovakia by Pavol Rankov
Conservative Confirmation or Progressive Lottery? The World of Czech Literary Awards by Eva Klíčová
My Prizes by Endre Kukorelly
Literary Prizes in Hungary. A Short Survey by Orsolya Karafiáth
Looking back / Arts
Irritation, Unrest and the Politics of Questioning: the Eventful relationships of Art and Nationalism by Margaret Tali
Art museums among tectonic movements by Gábor Rieder
Opportunities and announcements
Social Innovation in the Limelight by Judit Barta
Summer School Central by Natalia Sawicka
The Metamorphosis of the District- Gergely Angyalosi essay on a book by Adam Bodor, 2012 literary award winner of the Belletrist Society.