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Piotr Buras

About Piotr Buras

Piotr Buras is director of the Warsaw office of the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank; he is an expert on European and German affairs, and was Gazeta Wyborcza’s permanent Berlin correspondent between 2008 and 2012. He is the author of "Muslims and Other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic." (2011).

Prepare for a New Europe

In his autobiographical and excellent overview of culture and society in Europe at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, ‘The World of Yesterday’, the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig showed how quickly the categories and concepts that describe the world around us can become obsolete. The lead up to World War I and the 1920s were separated by a mere decade, but when viewed in retrospect, these two decades seem to have little in common. For Zweig, writing in 1940, that entire bygone world was nothing more than an implausible legend. Continue reading Prepare for a New Europe