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

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A tale of two parks: a conversation between activists in Armenia and Turkey

... Nor Zartonk [New Awakening] the recently emerged leftwing Armenian youth association was there in Gezi Park. And they were one of the main actors in Gezi. They had a tent and when you entered the commune the first thing you saw was Nor Zartonk... From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

Macedonia's long year: scandal, protest and revolution in the Balkans

One of the co-ordinators of the protests in Macedonia gives us a personal insight into the country's dysfunctional political and social life, how the protests started, and why he thinks Macedonia has changed - for the better.

Greferendum: an anthology

Some of our best contributors on the Greek crisis give their thoughts on how they would vote in Sunday's referendum.

The symbolism of NO in Greece

Why getting Greeks to vote NO may be easier than getting them to vote YES.

 

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

Scenes from a bullying

Anna Odell's film The Reunion is an original approach to the well-worn ‘victim takes revenge on bully’ narrative.

Turkey is changing, and I am part of that change: an interview with filmmaker Fatih Akin

His new film The Cut directly confronts the Armenian genocide. We talk to acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin about genocide commemorations, the Turkish-German community, and what Turkey's notorious Article 301 is doing to debate.

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.

 

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