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Voting doesn’t build consensus – we need a People’s Debate

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With a Damocles sword hanging over UK democracy, everyone is underestimating how many people they need to listen to or persuade for real progress to be made.

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.

Voting doesn’t build consensus – we need a People’s Debate

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With a Damocles sword hanging over UK democracy, everyone is underestimating how many people they need to listen to or persuade for real progress to be made.

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Brexit’s primitive passions could bring havoc to Ireland – and far beyond

The Good Friday Agreement was a marvel that is now threatened by the ignorant and the nasty among Britain’s ruling elite.

Democracy must be re-established in Europe

Call to engage in a continent-wide democratic debate on the deep crisis facing the European Union and how to overcome it.

Political protest not for sale!

Why the Homeland Hack is not a commodity.

A tale of two unions

Scotland can only look on with envy as the concerns of the Irish Government are placed centre stage in Brussels while Scotland is ignored or derided at Westminster.

In Azerbaijan, a hunger strike is the only remaining hope for justice

Mehman Huseynov, an Azeri blogger, is facing new fabricated charges in prison. But people inside and outside the country are coming together to try and free him.

Brexit, democracy and the sacred

There is no way back to anything resembling a united kingdom without some kind of sacrifice.

Voting doesn’t build consensus – we need a People’s Debate

With a Damocles sword hanging over UK democracy, everyone is underestimating how many people they need to listen to or persuade for real progress to be made.

The Dangerous Dance: Syrians in the New Year’s Eve

Seven years after the beginning of the refugee question, the situation of Syrians in the diaspora is still fragile to an extent that a happy and short dance made by Syrians in ‘other people’s cities’ is considered to be a danger

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. 

Why Jo Swinson changed her mind about all-women shortlists

The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats talks about getting more women into politcs.

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? English

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.