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Dan Dungaciu: What is happening there? Identity, democracy and public sphere in the Republic of Moldova

07.08.2007

- What is happening there?" is one of the questions most often asked at the beginning of the 90s, when people would talk about Eastern European societies. - What is happening there?" is more than a question: it is also an answer, a gesture of abandonment, slipped -“ and not very subtly -“ inside the very body of the question. - What is happening there?" is the sign of the impossibility to understand or, if you will, of an intuition that what is happening there defies our European rules, our criteria, our framework of understanding and action. You ask this question not necessarily to get an answer, but to point out the fact that you can't even find a satisfactory answer. Sometimes you don't even need to; or, anyway, you don't even try to find one. As a consequence, you act as you are used to, as things are done here, in Europe -“ in the West -“, a describable and predictable place, and not there, and the results can easily be inferred. Too many times have the institutions interested in the Eastern European space acted in this manner. And too many times have the results of this fundamental inadequacy not been the ones expected. They are not today either.

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