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Loomio and the problem of deliberation

One of the frustrations within the current political system is that most people are alienated from deliberation. The founders of decision-making software Loomio want to give everyone access to that essential skill. 

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Loomio and the problem of deliberation

One of the frustrations within the current political system is that most people are alienated from deliberation. The founders of decision-making software Loomio want to give everyone access to that essential skill. 

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Post-truth politics and the Italian referendum

Some (depressing) examples of how international media fell into the post-truth vortex when covering Italy's referendum.

Quo vadis, Europa? A conversation with Quentin Peel

Why are we voting for the worst characters of capitalism? If we lose the centre-ground, we risk repeating the mistakes of the 1930s. How should we avoid the mistakes of the past? Interview Español

The future of EU nationals in the UK

Ultimately, the economic claims made by Remain were unconvincing because those in power made them so.

Populism and the return of the political

"A future you can believe in" is the reverse of "Make America great again", because it doesn’t retreat into moral rejection or resistance politics.

Talk Real in Skopje: back to the Colourful Revolution

A week before the Parliamentary elections in Macedonia, what are the political expectations after the recent social mobilisations in the country? (Video, 43 mins)

Is Bosnia the worst place in Europe to be a woman?

Despite huge strides made during socialism, the position of women in work and social life in Bosnia has taken a huge step back since independence. Why?

Populism, the era of Trump and the rise of the far right

Several reasons for opening our eyes to the new/old politics of identity.

On the Italian constitutional referendum: a last appeal for a NO vote

Now more than ever, in order to fight against the rising tide of nationalist populism, we need to safeguard our democratic constitutions in a more democratic European Union.

Loomio and the problem of deliberation

One of the frustrations within the current political system is that most people are alienated from deliberation. The founders of decision-making software Loomio want to give everyone access to that essential skill. 

A solution for Greece is a solution for the Eurozone

The Eurozone has entered into the most perilous period since its establishment, and so the solution for the Greek case has to be crystal-clear. December’s Eurogroup should deliver a message of unity and collaboration.

The free space for data monopolies in Europe is shrinking

If the new EU data protection regulation is enforced equally for EU and non-EU companies, supported by anti-trust and consumer protection laws, new types of data-based monopolization could be controlled.

Not going gentle into the night: on climate, trade, Brexit and Trump

TTIP, TPP, CETA et al. are bad for the climate, equality, democracy and social justice. So is Trump.

Why we should embrace the good, the bad and the ugly

Since democracy is a form of dependency on the will of others, we need to work a lot harder to overcome our narcissism and belief that we know best.

A huge victory for Belgium's CETA opponents: Paul Magnette's speech

A patched deal allows CETA to pass to the next stage. But Belgium gained important concessions. We translate the historic parliamentary speech by the Minister-president of Wallonia in Namur on October 14, 2016.

The defeat of inclusionary populism in Greece: what happens next?

The neo-colonial logic of the EU has helped trigger the formation of inclusionary populism in Greece once again. But it is no clearer for any populists in power how to implement radical policies.

The biggest Brexit scandal of them all

The most disturbing aspect of the referendum campaign was the failure to acknowledge – on either side of the argument – the issue that has now emerged: process.

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

Romania's new kids on the block

A new party is born in Romania, grounded in years of civic struggle against government abuse and the failures of a neo-liberal state. Can Demos follow in the footsteps of Syriza and Podemos?

EU global strategy and the changing nature of conflicts

Recognising that the EU neighbourhood has transformed from a ‘ring of friends’ into a ‘ring of fire’, the strategy nevertheless remains vague on key concepts such as hybrid wars, terrorism, and strategy.

In the Netherlands, the populist battle plays out over a Christmas figure

Wilders’s Freedom Party has held a consistent lead in the polls for over a year, and is now running head to head with Prime Minister Rutte’s party.

Chanan’s imperfect cinema dialogues

How can political cinema continue to advance the aims of activists today while avoiding assimilation into the spectacle? An interview with Michael Chanan.

Resisting the movement of control

We must fight for more transparency, and against technologies of decision-making. We cannot not do it. But this is not enough. We must learn the language of becoming other. A Tacit Futures interview.

Fillon is a harsh austerian: on Sunday, Europeans need Juppé instead

Anti-Islam and pro-Russia, anti-LGBT and pro-Thatcher. If François Fillon wins France's right-wing primary, it will be Europe who loses.

Big Brother is about to be joined by his Crazy Cousin. The time for trust is over.

Whatever happens over the next few years, if there is to be a storm, then it is best to prepare. It is essential that western liberal democratic societies are resilient enough to uphold their fundamental values.

Italy: the next domino to fall

In less than two weeks, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might become the next victim of the current anti-establishment global trend, as Italians vote on a controversial referendum seen as plebiscite on Renzi himself.

Institutionalizing populism

A ‘national conversation’ about important matters is becoming almost impossible under these circumstances. Half the population does not want to listen.

Populism is also ordinary

Populism is something like an inevitable symptom of the innate limits that are constitutive of liberal democracies.

Wallonia, CETA and the meaning of 'openness'

For those who believe that open societies are worth protecting and promoting in Europe and beyond, there is a lesson and a warning from the Walloons.

The populist moment

The 'demos', the sovereign people, has been declared a 'zombie' category and this is why we now live in 'post-democratic' societies. Español

'By talking to one another, we can learn to respect one another'

Anja Van den Durpel is Head of Integration Services at the City of Ghent, tasked with helping integration and soothing community tensions in the diverse Belgian city. Here's how she does it.