Columns : Slow News Europe

Daniel Tkatch

Take-away cheeseburgers riddled with calories cannot provide proper nutrition. Consuming ever bigger quantities of information does not satisfy one’s need to know what is going on. Europe is muddling through crisis after crisis, unable to come to its senses. Media machines — too big to fail — set the rhythm and our spin-doctored politicians are happy to dance along. Infosumers are properly shocked, carefully enraged, skillfully disoriented, but also hungry for actual content, hungry for thought. What is the share of the new in the news today? Slow down, make sense.


Containing terror with security measures only goes so far.

An article with the same title as this one was published in the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s English-language daily a day after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The author, Yossi Melman, describes the attacks as “the result of years of negligence” and “a colossal security and intelligence failure.” According to Melman, Europe missed the opportunity to profit from Israel’s security-related know-how. The author is both right and wrong.

Udi Aloni’s new feature film, the winner of this year’s Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, is one of two Israeli films at the festival having the word “junction” in their title. Can one see this as a sign that Israel is standing at an important crossroads in its history? Katoikos.eu spoke to the director and the Palestinian leading actor, Samar Qupty.

On Netanyahu’s use of history to deny the Israeli-Palestinian conflict its political status and history’s consequences for the European Union’s involvement in the region

If it hasn’t been clear already that the Israeli government often exploits the Shoah for political purposes, Netanyahu’s recent speech at the 37th World Zionist Congress provided additional first-hand evidence.

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