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Andreas Faludi
A Bullet Misses Its Target in Sarajevo…, a text by Andreas Faludi

A Bullet Misses Its Target in Sarajevo…, a text by Andreas Faludi

Thus opens the blurb of ‘Altered Pasts’. (Evans 2014) The same counterfactual – Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand surviving to succeed Franz Joseph to the Austrian-Hungarian throne is what ‘Der Komet’ (The Comet; Stein 2013) is about. Engaging in our friendly barter, Klaus Kunzmann has made me read this scenario of cultural and linguistic communities cohabiting...
Wie hältst du es mit der Europäischen Union?, a text by Andreas Faludi

Wie hältst du es mit der Europäischen Union?, a text by Andreas Faludi

German speakers will recognise the allusion to the Gretchenfrage: one of the characters in Johann Wolfgang Goethe‘s ‘Faust’, an innocent young woman seduced by the chief protagonist secretly in league with the devil asking: Wie hast du’s mit der Religion? – “how do you feel about religion?”. (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Gretchenfrage) When reading a campaign folder of one of the 31 parties...
The EU a Tangle, a text by Andreas Faludi

The EU a Tangle, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Portuguese Presidency wants to kickstart the Conference on the Future of Europe promised after the tug-of-war between the European Parliament and the European Council over appointing the President of the European Commission. The underlying issue is whether the EU is an ‘intergovernmental’ or a ‘federal’ construct. Dutch philosopher of law Jaap Hoeksma (2020) looks...
The Nation: Myth and Reality, a text a by Andreas Faludi

The Nation: Myth and Reality, a text a by Andreas Faludi

First post-World War II Austrian President Karl Renner (I remember the stamps issued at the occasion of his passing away) has been a Social Democrat since the 1890s. With a view to the Austrian part of the then double monarchy up to a point catering to various national aspirations, in a pamphlet, Renner proposed for...
No Fraud, a text by Andreas Faludi

No Fraud, a text by Andreas Faludi

The night from 6 to 7 January, 2021 we saw over and over again the surge up the steps of the Capitol sweeping away security guards. Fit for the occasion, amongst the flags I spotted a banner: AMERICANPOPULISTPARTY.COM. I googled it and found a website in what seemed Polish with a link to a private...
I May Have Betted on the Wrong Horse, a text by Andreas Faludi

I May Have Betted on the Wrong Horse, a text by Andreas Faludi

My infatuation with planning at EU level may have been at the expense of due attention to cross-border cooperation. It could have gone the other way. One of my first interviews has been with Viktor Freiherr von Malchus, German pioneer of cross-border cooperation largely through the Council of Europe. But I grasped the opportunity instead...
Europe Day: Myth and Reality, a text by Andreas Faludi

Europe Day: Myth and Reality, a text by Andreas Faludi

Europe Day is little known. At least I have been invited once to speak at the occasion in would-be EU candidate member state Albania. (See my blog ’Europe Day in Tirana’) On that day – 9 May 1950 – on advice of Jean Monnet, ‘First Statesman of Interdependence’ (Duchêne, 1994) French foreign minister Robert Schuman...
Territoriality and COVID-19, a text by Andreas Faludi

Territoriality and COVID-19, a text by Andreas Faludi

In March James Meek (2000) has pointed out the news prioritising ‘our’ casualties and ‘our’ people stranded overseas and travellers ‘here’ being infected by a traveller from ‘there’. This encourages suspicion, hostility, racism, tighter borders, even violence. ‘Sometimes the coverage becomes the vehicle for a criticism, implicit or explicit, of something “their” society does that “our”...
A ‘hopelessly simple-minded take on sovereignty’*, a text by Andreas Faludi

A ‘hopelessly simple-minded take on sovereignty’*, a text by Andreas Faludi

Whilst I write, there is much to do about (British) sovereignty, and well in planning, too. For instance, in the 1990, the Dutch national planning director thought  it unthinkable for ‘Brussels’ to have say over the extension of the Port of Rotterdam. Of ‘territorial trap’ fame (for the first mention see: Agnew 1994) Agnew (2020, 44)...
The Deconstruction - and Reconstruction? -of Hungary, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Deconstruction – and Reconstruction? -of Hungary, a text by Andreas Faludi

It’s not so much that I am a born Hungarian. My purpose is to fathom Hungary’s dealing with the 1920 Treaty of Trianon taking two-thirds of the “Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen” from it and leaving millions of compatriots in the diaspora. ’Nem-nem-soha’ (no-no-never) will some accept this! Margaret MacMillan (2001) writes on...
The Construction of Poland, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Construction of Poland, a text by Andreas Faludi

No, this is not against Poland. Norman Davies (2004) has shown me its heroism. But Margaret MacMillan (2001) writing on the 1919 Paris Peace Conference ending the Great War vouches to Poland having been the product of nationalism-cum-territorialism. US President Woodrow Wilson’s ‘Fourteen Points’ were meant to guide the proceedings. Point 13 promised a Poland...
Territorialism in the Cross Hairs, a text by Andreas Faludi

Territorialism in the Cross Hairs, a text by Andreas Faludi

Contending with state borders and their divisive effects, those in cross-border cooperation are with me in having territorialism in the cross hairs. They after all have first hand experience of the divisive effects of borders and the advantages of working with their neighbours in overcoming them. The EU helps, not only financially but also with...
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