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Welcome to szylog!

About 200 years ago, the German philosopher Friedrich Hegel said that reading the morning papers was like morning prayer for realists. But what do we do in the 21st century, as our reading habits shift? We still read in order to make sense of the world, but we now mix traditional media, mostly online, with some more personal options.

Szylog is my bilingual blog. Here you can find my articles for the Austrian news magazine profil, the German magazine for political culture Cicero and my column about world politics in the Viennese weekly Falter. Your can catch up with interviews I gave in German speaking and British media. You will find links to events I take part in. There is also a page for my books. By curating the lecture series Philoxenia at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna I try to provide insight with my guests into political developments in the UK, the Middle East, Russia and Continental Europe.

I lived and worked in the Middle East, based in Jerusalem, in the Nineties. After the Oslo Accords there was briefly hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Next, I covered from Brussels how the European Union created its own currency at the turn of the millennium. In 2002, I moved to Moscow and watched for eight years as Putin established an authoritarian kleptocracy.

When I finally arrived in London in 2010, I realised that everything and everyone comes together here: Israelis, Palestinians, the Arab world, the Jewish world, Russians, Chechens and Europeans of all sorts – not to forget the Brits. London is a wonderful crossroads for multicultural theatre, literature, and politics. Since Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016 this island is changing, but London - fortunately - not so much. I am watching and commenting on how political establishment and society try to define a vision for the United Kingdom somewhere between Little England and Empire 2.0.

Please join me. Welcome to Szylog.

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© 2018 Tessa Szyszkowitz