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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.

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.

This week’s front page editor

Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Planet politics: time to get real

How to stop the glaciers melting? With three vital forces, it's possible.

Can left nationalism stop the rise of the far-right in Germany?

Left-wing parties and movements across Europe employing anti-globalisation and anti-EU rhetoric are on the increase. In Germany, the new left movement Aufstehen has joined the trend.

Gilets Jaunes under attack

The Gilets Jaunes have arisen out of the profound inequality that is fracturing societies across Europe. It is against that inequality that leaders must take a strongman stance.

Why the NHS Plan needs to be far more ambitious to tackle inequality

Inequality is a national disgrace that affects the health and wellbeing of us all, especially our children. Bolder action is needed to tackle it.

Out of season, out of pocket in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson is known for its agricultural produce. But out of season, life is hard. RU

Cuts are causing stress and heartache in the family courts

The legal aid cuts mean that most people struggling with family breakdowns must represent themselves in court. The impact on children and ordinary people is enormous.

Will the new Environment Bill really deliver Gove’s “Green Brexit”?

Next week parliament starts scrutinising draft legislation, but environmental campaigners are sceptical about the government’s “loopholes and vague aspirations”.

How French anti-abortion activists have used ‘digital guerilla’ tactics

Les Survivants are an example of new, anti-abortion activism in Europe targeting young people with digital tools and disinformation campaigns.

Banking on public power: what we can learn from the Institute of International Finance

The progressive movement should build a network of think tanks, politicians and financial professionals where the revolving door is just as effective as with the IIF and global financial policymakers.

VOX and the Spanish Muslim community: the new “Reconquista” of Spain

This kind of explicit attack, unfortunately familiar in the wider European context we belong to, is something very recent on the Spanish political scene.

On the hollowness of the contemporary radical populist right and what to do about it

For decades, radical right-wing populism has been accompanied by a narrative warning of the fundamental threat these parties pose to liberal democracy. The effect has been close to zero.

Nicolás Maduro, the usurper

If elected in free elections, the usurpers of power are usually democratic leaders. But they end up tampering with constitutional or electoral tools to increase their personal power. Español.

Meet the corporations who sue governments to undermine progressive change

Today, campaigners dressed as wolves in suits invaded the streets of Davos to highlight the real face of private-sector influence.

Contrasting euroscepticisms in Croatia and Serbia

What are the implications for Serbia from Croatia’s experience throughout the course of its EU-membership?

Remainers! beware demographic arguments

We need to change minds with a positive message like DIEM25’s proposal of a European Green New Deal.

How Ukraine’s “terrorist threat” is a real threat to civil rights

Since 2014, people living in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions have had limited voting rights in both national and local elections. And there is now a danger of their losing these rights altogether. RU

Now streaming: censorship

How should companies like Netflix respond when repressive governments order the removal of critical content?

The ruling class that drove Brexit

The media loves to blame far right movements and moments on the working class. Our Brexit research tells a very different story.

Still raging against the economy?

Many great minds of the past would be dismayed at the damage to people and planet being caused by our pursuit of ‘progress’.

I went inside a Colombian ‘youth camp’ run by anti-abortion activists

At a camp mixing extreme sports and extreme rhetoric, I saw how they’re training teenagers to join their fight against reproductive rights. Español

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.