The deep roots of Macedonia's current turmoil – and the way forward

The country must avoid just replacing the driver in the seat of a captured state machinery - by increasing inclusion and pluralism in governance. This will be impossible without EU and NATO assistance.

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The deep roots of Macedonia's current turmoil – and the way forward

The country must avoid just replacing the driver in the seat of a captured state machinery - by increasing inclusion and pluralism in governance. This will be impossible without EU and NATO assistance.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Porous borders allow migrants into Germany. And?

Many are desperately trying to get into a country that’s perceived as Europe’s best. Some are vociferously unhappy about this. Politicians thrive in such petty-minded zeitgeist. Do true democrats need to worry?

Technical, geopolitical, or transformative: what future for the Eastern Partnership?

In most Eastern Partnership countries, elites are prepared to adopt EU templates as long as they do not undermine their interests and affect their survival strategies. The EU needs a change of strategy.

Civil disobedience is not the same as violent extremism

Several leading Swedish academics published a protest in a major daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter this March, regarding Swedish Government plans for preventing extremism.

Scandal and silence in Lisboa

I am not an “austerity refugee”, the author tells our partners, Precarious Europe. In fact, my family has had a role to play in the suffering of millions of Portuguese workers.

A Syrian’s view of Europe

Humam, fleeing his war-torn country, made the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe. He now reminds Precarious Europe how big and wonderful Europe can be.

From pro-American to pro-Russian? Nikola Gruevski as a political chameleon

A former staunch ally of the US-led War on Terror, Macedonia PM Nikola Gruevski has gradually turned his country away from the west towards Russia - all the while keeping his neoconservative ideology intact.

Who has the right to live in London? An interview with Renters’ Rights London

Renters’ Rights London aims to provide the tools and knowledge renters need to defend themselves from unfair treatment and campaign for more rights. We speak with coordinator, Rosie Walker.

Deficits in the EU that should worry Europeans

In Greece for the first time the EU authorities demand a government complete a programme that it has neither designed nor has a democratic mandate to implement.

15M four years on: will an Indignado have to shoot an elephant?

A number of those who occupied the central squares of major Spanish capitals four years ago are set to win seats in their city councils or regional parliaments in the upcoming elections. Will they have to shoot the proverbial elephant?

First we take Barcelona...

This spring, Barcelona has become, once again, the battleground for the radical soul of Europe.

Twisting the 'lessons of history' to authorise unjustifiable violence: the Mediterranean crisis

More than 300 slavery and migration scholars respond to those advocating for military force against migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean. This is no slave trade. Where is the moral justification for actions that cost lives?

The wretched of the sea: an Algerian perspective

The securitisation of immigration control has failed to solve the migrant crisis because it ignores the root cause: a global system that puts profits before people.

Europe entrapped? An interview with Claus Offe

Europe remains mired in a crisis as much political as it is economic. The crisis has been long in the making and its dynamics stem from the institutional structures that govern European politics. 

The future of human rights in the UK

A British Bill of Rights will not only allow the Conservative government to deport an individual to a country where they face a real risk of torture, harm or humiliation: the human rights system must be fought for.

From migrant to citizen: reimagining democracy in the European Union

Public intellectuals in the EU should help to reimagine the meaning of democracy by questioning the division between citizen and migrant.

Justice, morality and exclusion from the law: the case of the Roma in Finland

‘Culture’ appears to be both an easy way in and out of understanding the complexity of the ‘moral’ and the ‘just’ among minority or excluded groups. From States of Impunity.

Fascist legacies: Italy’s approach to mobility and mobile labour

Italy abolished Mussolini-era laws restricting internal mobility in the 1960s, yet troubling continuities exist between these regulations and current efforts to control Italy’s migrant population.

Europe’s migration crisis: central Europe’s dangerous game

Should a serious migration crisis erupt as a result of conflict escalation in Ukraine, the odds are that the V4 would need assistance through exactly the kind of EU solidarity mechanism they now oppose.

Solidarity and work: what are the prospects for Greece?

Alain Supiot and Emilios Christodoulidis discuss the questions of solidarity and the protection of work in Greece. Français.

Solidarité et travail: quelles perspectives pour la Grèce?

Alain Supiot et Emilios Christodoulidis discutent des questions de la solidarité et de la protection du travail en Grèce. English.

Polish presidential election: the Left decides which Right wins

Does it make sense for the Left to participate in a race between two conservatives? Should we leave home and vote for the harmless and bland Komorowski, or should we allow for a victory by the Law and Justice candidate, Duda?

Smoke and mirrors over 'Brexit': key questions on the path to the EU referendum

Cameron has unleashed a process he won't be fully able to control, having major impacts on the UK's political dynamics and its constitutional future at home and in the EU over the next two years.

A ’different’ commemoration of Russia’s Victory Day: reporting from Thessaloniki, Greece (9 May 2015)

Does the ostentatious celebration of Russia's victory in the Great Patriotic War, which took place in Thessaloniki last week, tell us anything about the state of Russophilia in Greece?

Cyprus: dusting off the peace process

The rest of the world expects of Mustafa Akinci and Nikos Anastasiades to resolve a problem now fully 60 years old. How realistic are their chances of success?

The deep roots of Macedonia's current turmoil – and the way forward

The country must avoid just replacing the driver in the seat of a captured state machinery - by increasing inclusion and pluralism in governance. This will be impossible without EU and NATO assistance.

Populism in Europe: a primer

EU President Herman van Rompuy has called populism "the greatest danger for Europe". But what exactly is populism? And why are EU leaders feeling so threatened by it?

Gagged in the name of security

The responses by the Spanish government to the escalation of public protest have taken increasingly threatening forms. Gag laws put the very essence of democracy at risk.

Blueprint for genocide: the destruction of Muslims in Eastern Bosnia

The Six Strategic Objectives could be considered as the Bosnian Genocide’s Wannsee Conference. The only difference is that the participants of this Assembly are still active as politicians in modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Negotiating the Greek public debt: wrong finance minister was fired

Expenditure reduction leads to falling household incomes, contraction in public services and a rising incidence of poverty, all without progress toward the professed goal, reduction in the nominal public debt.

What is hopeful about Akıncı? The Cyprus paradigm problem

The Cyprus problem will never be solved without a paradigm shift away from leaders and referenda, and towards "bottom up" re-unification and tangible, small-scale progress.