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In this nomadic, undefined, polymorphous, and unsymmetrical war, the populations on 'both shores' of the Mediterranean are taken hostage. And Europe has a nearly irreplaceable function. - free thinking for the world

In war

In this nomadic, undefined, polymorphous, and unsymmetrical war, the populations on 'both shores' of the Mediterranean are taken hostage. And Europe has a nearly irreplaceable function. - free thinking for the world

Fear and loaning in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska’s controversial referendum

While Europe's focus is on the Middle East and the threat of terrorism, Bosnia and Herzegovina is may hold a referendum that puts the country's fragile peace at risk.

The vicious cycle of pitiless violence

ISIS fighters must be held to account as criminals, not conventional military adversaries, for their violent crimes. Snared by geopolitical interests, post-9/11 interventions have too easily been captured by leading states.

The return of Balkan solidarity?

Deep-seated mistrust and apathy among the people of the Balkans has been replaced with actions of transnational solidarity brought about by the region's natural disasters, disgust at political corruption and the ongoing refugee crisis.

You are the border, not us: Greek – Macedonia border

UNHCR, the leading UN refugee protection agency, is supporting the enforcement of border restrictions designed to implement a selective right to claim asylum based on nationality.

Border games and their pawns

Balkan borders dominoed shut last week, ostensibly to block ‘economic migrants’, and now only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis may pass. Those trapped, however, have come too far to stay quiet.

The answer to Paris may be Paris

Paris is about to host the COP21 - a mammoth UN conference on climate change. It is exactly this event that might be a unique opportunity to send a decisive strike to ISIS and its economics.

Why did ISIS target France?

ISIS has clearly expanded its theatre of operations beyond the Middle East but why did it target France?

We don't need another "war on terror", we need a policy change

We need a serious debate about the failure of the "war on terror". Here are a few proposals for an alternative strategy.

Democracy and belonging

In 2006, a conversation before a large audience in Rotterdam on the role that Muslims should play in European societies took place, between Dyab Abou Jahjah, then president of the Arab European League with its Antwerp headquarters, and Tariq Ramadan. openDemocracy’s Editor was there. Archive.

When Greece and Germany saw eye to eye

A look at Helmut Schmidt's little known but pivotal role in bringing Greece into the European Economic Community in 1981.

Which lives do we mourn? And other questions we no longer decide for ourselves

What control does Facebook have over our experience of tragedy?

Blame games

The perpetrators of the attacks on the London Underground in 2005 were also born and raised in Britain. So much for the British-French dichotomy.

Plus c'est la même chose: racist connotations of the “new” terror

This simplistic stereotyping of 1.6 billion people as extremists is not only ridiculous but also has serious political implications.

Why fear is our enemy

"It is a France made up of diversity, plurality, of people coming together and mixing, that the terror wants to shut down, to silence through fear, to make disappear through horror. And it is this open society that we must defend because it is our most secure and lasting protection against terrorism."

Bringing democracy back to environmental politics

Science alone can’t make the tough environmental policy choices our societies face, only citizens can. How can we get them back to the table?

In war

In this nomadic, undefined, polymorphous, and unsymmetrical war, the populations on 'both shores' of the Mediterranean are taken hostage. And Europe has a nearly irreplaceable function.

TalkReal in Vienna: towards a Plan 'D' for democracy in Europe

A discussion about the future of democracy in Europe, the changing borders and the challenges that transnational movements face today. (Video, 34 mins)

A message to my country: refugees are victims of terrorism, not its source

The new right-wing Polish government is trying to use the Paris attacks as an excuse to scapegoat refugees and stir up nationalist fervour. This is my message to them. Polski.

The Paris attacks

No European country, even Britain, can defend herself any more on her own and each one is now a potential target for ISIS.

The demon of Death, a letter from Paris

The real goal of the attacks in France, as well as those in the Shia southern suburb of Beirut a few hours before this, is through fear, to spread division.

Paris has been hit at its heart

The roots of these terror attacks are deep. They lie partly in Syria and Iraq, but also partly in our French and European cities. 

Genocides versus human rights

Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo introduces the International Human Mobility Charter of Palermo 2015 to a Goldsmith University audience in a lecture to launch their new partnership with the city of Palermo.

Foucault and the ‘current’ refugee crisis

The specter of Foucault has much to teach us – if we are able to listen.

The drowned and the saved: Foucault's texts on migration and solidarity

This is (along with Islamism and neoliberalism) one of a certain number of global issues on which Foucault can be credited with having shown a degree of prescience; and the future he foresees is sombre.

“The refugee problem is a presage of the great migrations of the twenty first century.”

This is an interview with Michel Foucault conducted by H.Uno, translated by R Nakamura for Shûkan posuto and published in August, 1979. In October, this timely if not prophetic text was translated from the French for openDemocracy by Colin Gordon.  

The rights and duties of international citizenship

This statement was read by Foucault at a press conference on June 19, 1981, organized in association with Médecins du monde and Terre des hommes, in the presence of Yves Montand, André Glucksmann and Bernard Kouchner. 

Brexit could help the EU reshape itself

The EU's democratic deficit has never been more obvious. A Brexit could shake things up for the better.

“Wait, the Serbs are now the good guys?”

How can Serbia's compassionate treatment of refugees be explained and what does it tell us about the country – and Europe?

Our lives may be rubbish, but they are lives worth living

Theatre Replika's We Are The Rubbish From Eastern Europe documents everyday life in order to illustrates just how pervasive the remnants of Bulgaria's socialist legacy are.

The Prague Café: a brief incursion into Czech presidential discourse

What is the 'Prague Café', and why has it become the Czech President's insult of choice for his opponents?