Category: Essay

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL NORMS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS

The Problem of Ambiguity in the Language of Politics The first decades of the twenty-first century witnessed a notable rise in war and political violence. After the End of History we entered, at the millennium, a new Age of Anger.1 The United States was at war a startling two out

POLAND IN A CHRISTIAN EUROPE – RELIGIOUSNESS IN THE SHADOW OF POP CULTURE

When we talk about the foundations of European identity, we usually refer to values like those of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, Greek culture, Roman law and Christianity. Certainly many of us remember that in the recent discussions surrounding the European Constitution it was suggested that the notion of Christian

TARCAL AND THE WINE OF KINGS – TRAVELLING IN THE TOKAJ REGION

At the hilltop, above the terraces of vines, the Terézia Chapel’s bright white walls and new copper roof shine like a bright beacon against the deep blue of the autumn sky. The leaves on the vines are turning golden with the season. With the sun on our backs the October

VIENNA VIGNETTES – A NOTE ON EDUARD HANSLICK

For much of the twentieth century a chorus of Wagnerites and Modernists has fixed the image of Eduard Hanslick, dubbed by Verdi the “Bismarck of Viennese music criticism”, as a reactionary curmudgeon trapped in the aspic of formalism and clinging to a narrow canon that began with Mozart and more

MIGRATION AS A TOOL OF US FOREIGN POLICY IN THE COLD WAR

In the history of global migration, it was during the Cold War period (1947–1991) that immigration policy – traditionally driven by domestic political interests – became increasingly influenced by, at times even kept hostage to the pressures of foreign policy. The Cold War immigration policies of the United States, the