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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

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Can non-Western democracy help to foster political transformation?

Democratic renewal is urgently needed everywhere, and in that process all societies can learn from each other.

People flow: migration and Europe

The existing European approach to migration does not match reality or recognise the evolving complexity of human mobility. In our People Flow pamphlet of 2003, openDemocracy and Demos proposed a model that does. 

The good student of Europe at a dead-end

As Portugal goes to the polls, there's a hunger for something new, something that comes across as genuine and yet pragmatic, not just the old political blah-blah-blah.

Beijing tightens the screws

The Chinese state is now more ideological and more repressive than ever since the days of Mao.

¿Por qué no hay un Syriza en Portugal?

Al contrario que en Grecia o en España, en Portugal ni la crisis, ni las duras medidas de austeridad han supuesto cambios importantes en el sistema de partidos. ¿Por qué? English. Português.

The Sun trials - Friday 2nd October 2015

This week and next, openDemocracy will be bringing daily coverage of the trial of Sun journalists charged with aiding and abetting misconduct in public office by paying a police officer for information. Here is Friday's report.

Por que não há um Syriza em Portugal?

Ao contrário que na Grécia ou em Espanha, em Portugal a crise e as medidas de austeridade draconianas que lhe seguiram não provocaram mudanças importantes no sistema partidário. Por quê? English. Español.

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Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why? Português. Español

More Frontex is not the answer to the refugee crisis

Rather than investing millions more in fences, patrols, and an EU Border Guard, we need the courage to accept that the policies of exclusion have failed.