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Andreas Faludi
'The Turkish Wall', a text by Andreas Faludi

‘The Turkish Wall’, a text by Andreas Faludi

I remember the Berlin Wall from German radio – west and east – reporting its being built to keep citizens of the German Democratic Republic away from West German fleshpots. Like with the ‘Turkish Wall’ (Sayarer 2021) and like edifices around Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish enclaves on the Moroccan coast, the point of building walls...
A 'Prison of Nations'?, a text by Andreas Faludi

A ‘Prison of Nations’?, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Rule of Law Report (European Commission 2021) challenging her country has not amused Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga (2021). She defended her country’s unwillingness ‘…to allow the LGBT+ lobby into our schools and kindergartens….’ With the European Parliament having won its battle for a bigger voice at the Conference on the Future of...
The Future is for the Brave, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Future is for the Brave, a text by Andreas Faludi

I cannot complain about ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ (Faludi 2018) not receiving enough attention. More than two years after its publication, there is another review in the French Journal Annales de Géographie. (https://www.cairn.info/load_pdf.php?ID_ARTICLE=AG_739_0178&download=1) It is by Yann Richard who has been instrumental also in getting an extended version of my paper given at Rennes in 2018...
Opposition to 'Contemporary Universalism', a text by Andreas Faludi

Opposition to ‘Contemporary Universalism’, a text by Andreas Faludi

My encounter with Frank Furedi (2018) came rather late in writing ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ (Faludi 2018) when I noticed his defence of the position of what have once been ‘new member states’ and now a thorn in the flesh of such enthusiasts of European integration as still exist. New members have no wish to...
The EU is not eternal, a text by Andreas Faludi

The EU is not eternal, a text by Andreas Faludi

See here an astute comment from Slovenia at the occasion of the announcement of a ‘mini-Schengen’ for EU-hopeful Serbia and Albania (not Kosovo!) and North Macedonia still not admitted even to the waiting room of candidate status. Commentators from Bulgaria and Italy also agree: a ‘Balkan alliance’ outside the EU is in the making. Blame...
My imperial roots, a text by Andreas Faludi

My imperial roots, a text by Andreas Faludi

With my father born in Hungary and my mother in Austria, both before 1918, I am second-generation Austro-Hungarian. Born in Budàpest, I spoke German and Hungarian but have unlearned successively my German and eventually my Hungarian. That was after my mother, by then widowed, had taken me to Austria in 1946. Tainted by the seven...
The tangle we got ourselves into, a text by Andreas Faludi

The tangle we got ourselves into, a text by Andreas Faludi

At the 2018 conferences of CIST (Collège international des sciences territoriale) mine was one of only two in English.  (Faludi 2018) Not to worry: I met exciting people and my extended paper (in French: Faludi 2019) went into the Dossier des Annales de Droit.  Like me, Kahn and Richard (2020) underscore the EU‘s being – my term –...
Grist to my Mill, a text by Andreas Faludi

Grist to my Mill, a text by Andreas Faludi

The occasion being the on-going ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ (https://futureu.europa.eu/) the chief editor of EU Observer Koert Debeuf proposes recreating the European Community as an add-on to the EU as is. Quite the opposite of a doomsday scenario, Debeuf (https://euobserver.com/opinion/152309utm_source=euobs&utm_medium=email) presents this as a realistic alternative to the ever larger, ever closer and...
The Western Balkans in the News, a text by Andreas Faludi

The Western Balkans in the News, a text by Andreas Faludi

Thirty years ago Slovenia split from Yugoslavia, large parts of which are still a gaping hole in the EU. Central European members are keen on closing it, were it not for Bulgaria first wanting to settle accounts with North Macedonia. (See also my blog ‘Balkan Ghosts’.) She insists on this wannabe candidate acknowledging that its...
Uneasy Bedfellows?  A text by Andreas Faludi

Uneasy Bedfellows? A text by Andreas Faludi

What does Viktor Orbán have in common with the German Constitutional Court? They both defend a ‘Westphalian’ system under which sovereign states are seen as masters in their own house. Accordingly, the EU is no more than the sum of its parts. Attacking the European Parliament ever so critical of him, Orbán for instance wants...
Softening up the Nation-state? a text by Andreas Faludi

Softening up the Nation-state? a text by Andreas Faludi

Reading Estelle Evrard (2021) about legal geography and spatial justice in borderlands evoked memories of Edward Soja speaking about the relation of society and space – also described as spatiality, or the relationship between people and things, including other people – at Radbout University Nijmegen maybe twenty years ago. Evrard is from the University of...
Nordregion a model? a text by Andreas Faludi

Nordregion a model? a text by Andreas Faludi

In a film about neutral Sweden during World War II, the protagonist, a young women hiking in the woods near her home sees an escapee from Norway fall dead into the brook marking the common border. The German officer of the occupying force calmly puts away his gun, saluting the Swedish border guard having rushed...
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