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The will of Idomeni

People stuck in Greece on hunger strike, their determination challenging the arbitrary distinction between refugees and migrants. How long must they sit there? See also Border games. - free thinking for the world

The will of Idomeni

People stuck in Greece on hunger strike, their determination challenging the arbitrary distinction between refugees and migrants. How long must they sit there? See also Border games. - free thinking for the world

Erdoğan and Putin: unalike likeness

The leaders of Turkey and Russia are often compared. But their differences are more instructive than their similarities.

(This article was first published on 22 November 2014)

Why we should oppose British air strikes against ISIL in Syria

Britain’s Prime Minister says we should not undertake air strikes lightly – he is right: we need to think about legitimate state building, not replying to terror with terror.

COP21: Five keys for unlocking the climate negotiations

With next week's Paris climate summit fast approaching, five core issue will be central to a successful outcome. What are they and how will they contribute to climate change?

We need to rethink radical Islam's appeal

The Paris attacks invite us to reassess our ways of dealing with the spread of Muslim fundamentalism in western Europe. Is 'containment' enough?

Another ‘Dodgy Dossier’ for war

Undeterred by the disastrous results of ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya, western powers have for four years been determinedly trying to help regime change in Syria along.

The will of Idomeni

The individuals stuck in Greece have begun a hunger strike, their determination challenging the arbitrary distinction between refugees and migrants. How long must they sit there?

Belgrade Waterfront - the dark side of 'urban renewal'

The development project known as the "Belgrade Waterfront" vividly illustrates the mechanisms of dispossession and exclusion in the Serbian 'transition progress'.

Eyes wide shut – Germany, the immigration crisis and Merkel’s winter of discontent

Rarely has a democratic country moved so rapidly from seemingly perfect political stability to a widespread feeling of crisis, confusion and near chaos as Germany has done over the past six months.

Post-democracy in Armenia? How the new Constitution will depoliticize Armenian society

Is the new constitution an attempt by Armenian capital and oligarchs to signal to EU elites and European capital that they are determined to fulfil transnational capital’s wildest dreams? A conversation.

Mourning Paris, Beirut and Kabul

Most western commentators describe ‘the events’ in Paris as entirely different, an attack on our way of life. Which ‘way of life’ is under attack in Kabul and Beirut? 

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 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.