“If progressives focus too much on the
institutional sphere, the right wing can take the streets – they’ve done it before. If we don’t, someone else
will.” Interview with the author of Hope is a Promise. (5,800 words)
#ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series
that sets out to ‘tell the story of how the European Union destroyed the first
radical left government in modern history’, premiered on Tuesday. An interview.
Cambiamo Messina dal Basso - a social movement consisting of ordinary citizens - managed to win power in one of southern Italy's largest cities. So how do you run a large city while staying true to your social movement ethos?
... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.