About Alex Sakalis

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy. He edits the Can Europe Make It? debate.

 

Articles by Alex Sakalis

This week's editors

Darian Meacham, Europe the Very Idea team Francesco Tava, Europe the Very Idea team Darian Meacham and Francesco Tava introduce this week's theme: Old ideas for a new Europe.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

European integration: is it still the dream it once was?

Is EU integration still a priority for states, or have we in fact hit 'peak accession'? Announcing a new joint project between Can Europe Make it? and oDR.

Yanis Varoufakis: cometh the man?

A look at Yanis Varoufakis's journey from maverick economist to Greece's finance minister - as told through his contributions to openDemocracy.

No, we are NOT all Charlie: your view

Cas Mudde's article on the Charlie Hebdo attacks went viral. Here's what some of you had to say in the comments.

Seasons Greetings from Can Europe Make it?

A look back at some of our editors' and contributors' favourite articles from last year.

Catalonia vs Spain: a clash of two debates

Patrice de Beer's article on Catalan independence went viral. With just days to go until the vote, we look at some of the interesting questions raised by the author and you also in the comments.

Now Scotland has had its say, who is next to vote?

The Scottish vote has shown it is possible to have an independence referendum for nations within the EU. So who are the likely candidates to go next?

Euro elections 2014: You tell us bloggers on life after elections (Part Two)

Our You Tell Us bloggers say farewell to the Euro elections and for now at least, to Can Europe make it?See part one here.

Euro elections 2014: You tell us bloggers on life after elections (Part One)

Our You Tell Us bloggers say farewell to the Euro elections and for now at least, to Can Europe make it?. See part two here.

Judgment in Hungary

In 2008 and 2009, a group of Hungarian right-wing extremists committed a series of vicious attacks on members of the Roma community. Six people were killed, including a five year old boy. Film review.

You Tell Us: the editor's pick

Since the beginning of the year, we have asked a group of young bloggers from across Europe to share their experiences in the run-up to the European elections. Their choice of subjects - which include apathy, the far-right, and austerity - paint a picture of what it feels like to be young and European in 2014.

Greece: how deep does this River run?

On the eve of the Euro elections, Can Europe make it? talks to Stavros Theodorakis (founder and leader of The River – Greece’s newest political party) and Nicholas Yatromanolakis (campaign manager and MEP candidate) about the silent majority, politics beyond parties, and Europe’s disconnect. Interview.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss

Young bloggers from across the EU discuss the euro elections as seen from their countries. See also, Whatever happened to the European elections debate?

Bulgaria: leaving no man's land behind for the EU open door

One lesson we are learning is that although Brussels is important, it is not a universal solution. Brussels is used as an excuse in Bulgaria so that we do not worry about political lobbying, the judicial system, and the media, because somebody else has the big stick. An interview with Dimitar Bechev. 

A black cloud over the EU?

The newly announced Le Pen-Wilders alliance in the European parliament has re-ignited speculation about the rise of the far-right in Europe. What can we expect from this new EU supergroup?

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss apathy (part two)

Young bloggers from across the EU discuss apathy among young people in Europe. Part one here.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss apathy (part one)

Young bloggers from across the EU discuss apathy among young people in Europe. Part two here.

Euro elections 2014: You tell us (05/03/14) part two

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what's on their minds. Leading this week are the issues of minority rights, Ukraine and the euro.

Euro elections 2014: You tell us (05/03/14) part one

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what's on their minds. Leading this week are the issues of Ukraine, French socialism and northern Italian nationalism.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us (17/02/14) Part Two

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what's on their minds. Leading this week are the protests in Bosnia and the EU's communication problem.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us (17/02/14) Part One

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what's on their minds. Leading this week are the issues of migration, internet freedom and smog.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us (31/01/14) Part Two

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what's on their minds, including the events in Ukraine and who Europeans are letting down when they forget their own values. Leading this week, the revolution next door.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us (31/01/14) Part One

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what's on their minds - policing terrorism, extreme inequality, war-mongering for democracy, and which is worse for Europe, fiscal prudence or the euro? Leading theme of the week: events in Ukraine.

Euro elections 2014 bloggers introduce themselves: Part Two

What is Europe for you? What does it mean to be young and European in 2014? An exchange of views between bloggers across the continent. Can Europe make it? has the pleasure of introducing you to our guest columnists for the run-up to the European elections 2014.

Euro elections 2014 bloggers introduce themselves: Part One

What is Europe for you? What does it mean to be young and European in 2014? An exchange of views between bloggers across the continent. Can Europe make it? has the pleasure of introducing you to our guest columnists for the run-up to the European elections 2014.

Can Europe make it? looks back at 2013

The editors of our Can Europe make it? debate pick some favourite articles from 2013, and wish you all the best for the new year.

 

Calling for young European bloggers

Are you between the ages of 18 to 25, living in a European country and/or with an interest in European issues? We are looking for bloggers just like you ahead of the 2014 European election.

Shining a spotlight on Poland

Poland has long been the subject of offensive stereotypes and a hostile UK media. Our new Spotlight on Poland hopes to shine a light on this misunderstood country.

The eternal return of populism - weekly comments roundup

A look at this week's best reader comments on our Can Europe make it? debate.

 

It's time to bother about Europe

Two interviews with two very different MEPs highlight why - regardless of political viewpoints - we need to start bothering about the European elections.

People getting along well together is never going to make headlines: An interview with Jean Lambert MEP

We catch up with Green MEP Jean Lambert to talk about the work of the European Parliament, 'co-decision', UK media, the youth vote and the 2014 Euro-elections.

I want my country out of this thing: An interview with Gerard Batten MEP

We invite UKIP MEP Gerard Batten to discuss European governance, UK media, the 2014 European elections and the challenges of representing eight million constituents at the European Parliament.

Der Himmel über Europa - weekly comments roundup

A look at this week's best reader comments on our Can Europe make it? debate.

 

"Irony is dead. Long live irony!" - weekly comments roundup

A look at this week's best reader comments on our Can Europe make it? debate.

 

The land of hypocrisy - weekly comments roundup

A look at this week's best reader comments on our Can Europe make it? debate.

Theory and practice - weekly comments roundup

A look at some of our new debates, as well as this week's best reader comments on our Can Europe make it? debate.

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