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Lettre - Hungary | 01/10/2009

Karl Schlögel on the new Europe since 1989

The German historian Karl Schlögel writes in the quarterly Magyar Lettre International on the development of the new Europe twenty years after the year of change 1989: "The turning point of 1989 opened up a new space of experience. ... Suddenly there was no East or West any more, but something in-between, central Europe. Cities that had been inaccessible became close. Cities and landscapes that one knew only from literature, from films or from family stories were all at once within reach. ... With this opening, almost everything else changed: the space of experience, the radius of action, holiday plans and perhaps even life plans. ... This new Europe is held together by new networks, established day by day, in which goods, people and ideas circulate; powerful surface currents between Rotterdam and Moscow, between Malmö and Rome, on which the routines of the whole continent depend. These corridors, these surface currents, passing across the old border, are the true pillars of European cohesion. The routines of exchange, of coexistence, of everyday life in Europe perhaps depend more on these than on the decisions of Brussels, Strasbourg, Bologna or Lisbon."

Der Spiegel - Germany | 02/01/2006

Karl Schlögel on the European Spirit

In an interview, historian Karl Schlögel predicts a reawakening of the European spirit in the cities of Eastern Europe. "For a long time now, I've been annoyed by people acting as if the new Europe is being created in the conference rooms of Strasbourg and Brussels. Of course everyone's looking to the West, but Europe doesn't end at the banks of the River Oder. The map of Europe is being redrawn. I believe that in the long term Europe's centres will shift eastwards. People will become aware of the great potential that lies in the cities of Eastern Europe. Countless people who are working to unite Europe are already shuttling back and forth between the East and the West."

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