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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

History will not stop for Europe

In 2001, a series of profound changes were underway within the European Union. The same was true then as now: Europe needs a new argument.

Worcester - the city surveyed

And are there Big Macs still for tea? Richard Brooks returns from exile to take the pulse of the city that spawned a cliché.

None of the above

The first in the series of Worcester Women. In an interview with openDemocracy, Susan Harrison is sceptical of bureaucrats, corporations, lobbyists, the church – and politicians. But is she cynical?

New Labour, new cliché

Worcester Woman is the creation of Britain’s spin doctors. Every concept has a history. This one reveals the cynicism of the party machines. Can real women in Worcester bite the hand that spun them?

A letter for Europe


Too late for naïve hopes, too early for despair. A speechwriter for Germany's Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, writes a sardonic, challenging letter to ask: where is Europe?

History will not stop for Europe

The Euro is coming. Enlargement beckons. Institutions and people are on the move across the continent. Cultures and identities are in flux. From Athens to Helsinki, Europe must imagine its future into shape - or be trampled in the rush.

Privatising our genes?

Money and power, as well as the passion for knowledge, drove the race to map the human genome. One of the world’s leading geneticists sees lessons for the public realm beyond the laboratory.

Hollywood cheers and China shrugs

An epic “Western” set in, er, China, could never please everyone. Isaac Leung explains why the continent-crossing ambitions of Ang Lee’s Oscar winner seemed irrelevant to eastern audiences.

Beyond sleepwalking

The new media landscape demands fresh, undogmatic thinking. Three wise men launch the media debate on an unsuspecting world.

The BBC no longer washes whiter

Andrew Graham’s argument is seductive but wrong. The British experience shows public service broadcasting is wasteful, patronising and too close to power. A diverse, efficient future is coming – thanks to the market.

Quality not profit

A leading British economist takes on the free market argument, and insists public service broadcasters are as necessary for a healthy society as fresh air.

Elections and democracy (part one)

Are elections any way to run a democracy? openDemocracy readers share their thoughts.

Doris Lessing: the Sufi connection

The Nobel literature laureate is a seeker and educator in mysticism who uses Sufi ideas to enlarge her and her characters' humanity, says Müge Galin.