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Plath, Jörg

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 19/11/2007

László Végel on the Serbs' conflicting orientation

Writer Laslo Vegel is a member of Serbia's Hungarian minority and currently lives in Berlin. He talks to Jörg Plath about Serb relations with Europe and Russia. "The majority want to come to Europe. This orientation is a legacy of the Tito era: we had a Western lifestyle, with Heidegger supporters on the central committee and a million guest workers living abroad, but at the same time eastern values, with the one-party system and a soft dictatorship. The Communists were partially pro-Western while today's anti-Communists are partially pro-Eastern. ... Putin symbolises the new-old Eastern European ideal: national populism. He's attractive to opponents of globalisation, romantic anti-capitalists and nationalists. Even Putin's detractors feel attracted to this ideal. The transition from a one-party system to a multi-party system was short, but the change in mentality will take a lot longer. All our parties are small or large-scale feudalists. The feudal tradition is still very much alive in post-communism. Our past is still to a certain extent our future."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 09/07/2007

Imre Kertész on Europe's freedom of knowledge

Nobel laureate Imre Kertész talked to Jörg Plath about the 'pits of the apocalypse' in Europe he had previously described in his speech at the Berlin conference 'Perspektive Europa'. "I don't want to use political arguments. Politics is like football: everyone thinks they know something about it. I don't understand the first thing about politics, but I believe the pits have not have not closed, not even in Yugoslavia. And they can open up anywhere. The past few days, during which London has been living as if under shock, demonstrate how fragile everything is: how fragile civilisation is, and how fragile daily life is. People must be aware of the dramatic side of life - each day and each moment. Europe has generally been a bright, wise and strong entity since the times of the ancient Greeks. I believe Europe represents something that no other civilisation represents: the freedom of knowledge; freedom in general. It must not be betrayed."

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