We know. We know! You came here today for a piece on the latest policies of Poland, or stories of Serbia, or ponderings on Portugal, not for this letter. But we have our reasons for interrupting your regularly scheduled EUspeak post.
Firstly, because it is the last week of term here at Oxford, we are coming up on academic break, during which we will only be posting once every other week. Do not worry—we know how much you look forward to your (at least) weekly piece on European politics, and will be back regularly come Trinity term.
Secondly, because it is the last week of term here at Oxford, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the pieces that we feel best demonstrate what we’re trying to do here at EUspeak: namely, provide a forum in which young scholars and writers are able to have a textured, multi-faceted discussion on European politics and society.
We began and ended this term with two very different pieces on the European far-right. Contributor Smaranda Predescu articulated why those who want to further cultivate an inclusive democracy in Germany do themselves no favours by marginalisng frustrated far-right protesters. More recently, guest writer Mitjo Vaulasvirta challenged the very term “far-right”, and suggested that articles (like this one!) that use the term without closer consideration of what it is actually representing damage the discourse of European politics.
In an interview with Sarah Glatte, we learnt about her dissertation research on the gender gap in political participation in unified Germany. And in a piece by guest writer Paul Sander, we went on a journey through the history and political present of the Meskhetian Turks to arrive at the discovery as to why the general ignorance of the issue of their displacement is a failure of the European project and promise.
Our oldest contributor and EUspeak founder, Niels Goet, offered a policy recommendation for improving British debate. And one of our newest writers, Tine Paulsen, gave us her own personal reflections on the recent shootings in Copenhagen, and what the Danish public’s reaction to them means for the country’s contemporary identity.
Thirdly, because it is the last week of term here at Oxford, we wanted to remind you that you, too, can submit to EUspeak, or to contact us by email or on Twitter or Facebook with any questions or comments that you may have.
But finally, and mostly, because it is the last week of term here at Oxford, we wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you for reading, and we’ll see yo(E)u in the spring.
Brandon Tensley & Emily Tamkin,
Photo credit: Giampaolo Squarcina (Creative Commons).