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Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

Why we need to think and plan beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

Urgent: expose the Brexit dark money

openDemocracy has worked for two years exposing the dark money driving Brexit. We have many more leads to chase down. Please give what you can today – it makes a difference.

Why we need to think and plan beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Stanislav Markelov: Russia’s Trade Union Movement, 1990s-2000s

Ten years ago this month, Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered. Here, we publish an extended interview with him on the fate of worker-led activism in post-Soviet Russia. 

Stanislav Markelov: F*** anarchy, there’s no future anyway

Ten years ago this month, activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in Moscow. We publish his reflections on power, the state and revolutionary maximalism here for the first time in English.

Rising roar of faux faith in poll-bound India

Read the newspapers, listen to the TV “debates” and see the WhatsApp-trained ignorant armies clash day and night.

Stanislav Markelov: the new feudalism

As part of our project to bring the thought of Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov (1974-2009) to international readers, we present his reflections on the “New Middle Ages” and the current crisis.

La democracia digital y el futuro

¿Disponemos de suficiente información como para poder regular la actividad de los proveedores de datos que tienen hoy un rol clave en el desarrollo de las campañas electorales y de nuestras democracias?

The Planetary Health Diet isn’t much use to people living in food poverty

People shouldn’t be forced to choose between eating well, and eating in an environmentally conscious way.

Lexit: The biggest unicorn of them all

Lexiters who portray the EU as mostly underpinned by Hayekian neoliberalism have got it wrong, writes Paul Walsh.

Salmond, Sturgeon and the end of the SNP's imperial era

Just when Scotland's voice is needed in the Brexit mess, the SNP's famous internal discipline seems to be disintegrating into factionalism.

Brexit – The Uncivil War: The former Chair of Labour Leave responds

As we look for ways through the current Brexit impasse, it’s crucial to understand both the key role played by Labour Eurosceptics in swinging the vote – and that movement’s long history.

A letter from imprisoned Turkish human rights activist Osman Kavala

Writing from prison, a leader of Turkish civil society asks the judiciary to show respect for individual freedom.

“We create space for freedom”: battling sexism in Ukraine’s media

Gender stereotypes are widespread in the Ukrainian media. I talked to activist Oleksandra Golub about campaigns to change this.

The Living Front of Stanislav Markelov

Screen Shot 2019-01-18 at 10.58.51.pngTen years ago, activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in Moscow. His legacy tells us why anti-fascism remains vitally important in Russia today. RU



Job advert: Assistant Editor, Economics Hub

openDemocracy is looking for two talented Assistant Editors – one based in the North America and another in the European Union – to support our new global Economics Hub.

Technology with limits

How can we tame technology to do what we need and then let it go so that we can be more connected to each other in real life?

Pro-Europe and anti-EU? Reviewing the far right’s view of Europe

The far right’s claim to be attached to ‘Europe’, not the EU, suggests that ‘European identity’ may pose a challenge rather than an opportunity for the European Union.

Has social media changed Brazil?

Bolsonaro's election does not stem only from the use of social media, yet social media was indeed paramount to allow a speech of hate, violence and discrimination to come to light. Portuguese

Ten reasons I came round to a People's Vote

A second referendum denies democracy, I thought - but arguments on the other side have become overwhelming.

Back with a vengeance? One year with the radical right in government in Austria

The FPÖ is successfully tilling the field for a radical right turn of Austria, and it seems unlikely that the party will be manipulated into moderation again by the conservative ÖVP.

Why the left must unite against Brexit

The debate about Lexit is now irrelevant. The only form of Brexit that is possible is one that will entrench the status quo or produce something far worse. The left must unite against it.

Stanislav Markelov: Times change but the stagnation remains

Ten years ago this month, activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in Moscow. We publish his reflections on Russian society’s nostalgia for the Soviet period here for the first time in English.

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy - or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It's time for something new.

Beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

France’s Great Debate

One in two French citizens want to participate in Macron’s Great Debate across the French nation. High stakes for Macron and French democracy. The rest of Europe will be watching. 

Trump's trap: leave vs remain

Washington's wars are unendable as well as unwinnable  

Democrats should aim for Medicare for More rather than Medicare for All

Expanding public health coverage, rather than universalising it, might be a more realistic goal.

New solidarity for the Mapuche indigenous movement in today’s Chile

The murder of the Mapuche community member Catrillanca at the hands of the Special Forces has become a matter of solidarity towards the Mapuche people for Chilean society. 

Can we please learn from history?

In their enthusiasm for a new cold war against China and Russia, the western establishments of today are making a mistake comparable to that of their forbears of 1914.