Songs for Europe

The Eurovision song contest has long been a way of taking the continent’s pulse and challenging commonsense notions of what Europe is.

Hostess Jacqueline Joubert announces results of the Eurovision Song Contest 1959, hosted in Cannes, France. “Een beetje,” performed by the Dutch singer Teddy Scholten, ultimately took the top spot. (Gerard Landau / INA via Getty Images)

Amid the chaos of 2022, there was a glimmer of hope at an unlikely venue — the Eurovision Song Contest. At the sixty-sixth competition, Croatia gave the Serbian singer-songwriter Konstrakta the maximum score of twelve points, bucking relatively recent memories of ethnonationalist strife. While those living in what was once Yugoslavia watched Konstrakta’s impeccable performance, the […]

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