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Anthony Barnett (@AnthonyBarnett) is the founder of openDemocracy and author of The Lure of Greatness

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brexit (and Boris) torpedoed

The battle of Brexit has finally been joined as Boris Johnson is blown out of the water by his own brother.

Trump or Brussels: Brexit and the art of 'No deal'

Even if the UK parliament approves a Brexit agreement it will satisfy no one. The real choice the country faces is beween re-entering the EU or becoming a satellite of Washington.

Film: Albion’s Call: Brexit, democracy and England

Brexit has ignited a fire under Britain. It is altering forever the way we see ourselves. This has to be confronted boldly and in an open-minded way

How the campaign for a People’s Vote is changing politics (again)

A new generation is making the campaign for a People's Vote on Brexit the next insurgency for change in Britain.

Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

Why Brexit won’t work: the EU is about regulation not sovereignty

Brexiteers like Boris Johnson inhabit an outdated form of sovereignty. A new realm of power - regulation - demands shared authority and is the EU's greatest achievement. Britain helped create it and can't leave it. 

How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers

Brexit has already begun. Any attempt to deny this and merely ‘stop Brexit’ will fail. To succeed we must overthrow the Brexit project with another, positive one.

Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as merely irrational - nor by withdrawing from Europe.

Hungary threatens the European Union – a photo essay from Budapest

"I joined a massive demonstration against the Orbán supremacy a week after the election, on Saturday afternoon 14 March. It completely filled Budapest’s wide avenues between the Opera and Parliament."

To beat the hard right we’ll need to change too – a response to Edmund Fawcett

Joining forces demands a democratic renewal that will dig deep into our cultures and our nations.

How should we think about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Russia and shady billionaires

An authoritarian surveillance state is being built in the US, while a massive land grab for power, by billionaires via our data, subverting British democracy, is well under way. 

100 days! Osman Kavala and Turkish democracy

The leading representative of Turkish civil society faces jail

We need to talk about Europe

What are the Brexit answers – and what indeed are the right questions? Anthony Barnett’s new book, ‘Lure of Greatness’ triggers a lively exchange of opinion with Simon Maxwell.

Why Brexit? It's the English, stupid.

A response to a vigorous polemic against a core argument in the author's The Lure of Greatness

David Widgery: instigator of Rock Against Racism

As a new generation confronts the possibility of a transformation of capitalism and the realities of fighting ascendant fascism, Anthony Barnett reflects on someone who, insofar as one person can, embodied ‘the revolution’ the ‘68 generation sought and lost.

How starting – and losing – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped create the conditions for Brexit

Anthony Barnett discusses one of the key arguments in his new book on Brexit and Trump, The Lure of Greatness.

Princess Diana: the monarchy's Brexit moment

On the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, an edited chapter from the author's The Lure of Greatness

John Berger and the Booker Prize

Clarity is more important than money.

Burnt Alive, Grenfell Tower is watching us

A high-rise of death - that seems alive and watching us. A photo-essay.

The Grenfell Inferno

The meaning of Grenfell was immediately understood. It was a hecatomb to neoliberalism, a public sacrifice to the ideology that denies it has a name.

The Age of Corbyn I: He is now the most powerful person in the land

The political and media elite are in denial about the Labour leader's success

Corbyn catches the spirit of Brexit, then terror strikes

Theresa May has lost her snap election, even if she wins it.

Why is she frit?

What is the British prime minister afraid of?

Brexit is an old people’s home

... And it's English, not British.

The abdication of The Commons: how Article 50 saw parliament vote against its sovereignty

Westminster voted tonight to pass responsibility to the people, ending centuries of its sovereignty just as Trump rampages through America's rules.

Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the prime minister frightens me

Theresa May sets out her view of what kind of country she wants Britain to be.

John Berger, witness to the human condition (1926-2017)

He sought to protect and if necessary salvage humanity from the inhumanity of consumer capitalism. This gives all his work the quality of resistance. Defiant resistance in the face of likely defeat.

Brexit has killed the sovereignty of Parliament

As Britain's Supreme Court hears the evidence on whether Parliament must trigger Brexit, it's all over for Britain's old regime.

Trump or Clinton: a choice between two forms of violence

12 things we can't ignore as America votes.

The Media Monarchy: the press versus the 'people'

Theresa May may come to regret picking a fight with the law.

The Daily Mail takes power

Where does Theresa May's ideology come from? The Daily Mail, says Anthony Barnett in a taster from his forthcoming book The Lure of Greatness: England's Brexit and America's Trump.

Leave may have lied, but it was Bush, Blair and Cameron who killed political honesty

From Machiavelli to Cameron, there is a sad decline of truth in the age of Brexit.

Democratising Europe – a transnational project?

What role does national self-determination and 'self-government’ play in European and human emancipation today? Yanis Varoufakis replies for DiEM25.

The revolt of the natives: Britain after Brexit

Brexit creates an opening for change in Britain, but who will rise to the challenge and how? Anthony Barnett introduces his forthcoming book

Blimey, it IS Brexit!

England has voted to leave the EU. The conclusion of Blimey!

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