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Interview with Adrian Zandberg, Partia Razem

If you don't have a Left that is able to question unjust social relations and give viable perspectives on changing the world for the better, then politics dies.

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Interview with Adrian Zandberg, Partia Razem

If you don't have a Left that is able to question unjust social relations and give viable perspectives on changing the world for the better, then politics dies.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The world’s citizens need to take back control – with a Global Parliament

The Brexit vote is an anomaly and an irrational response. We can democratise international organisations - rather than leave them.

Two visions of politics in Turkey: authoritarian and revolutionary

Politics is not a mere choice between white and black, but rather a creative way of people running their daily lives in all their colourful richness.

‘A training in violence’: the connecting line between France’s ‘war on drugs’ and jihadism

In France, there are many ways in which the pool of violence caused by drug prohibition bleeds into home-grown jihadism. But there is an alternative.

To inhabit democratic cities

Anyone who remains outside of democratic cities, who doesn't accept the open rationale oriented towards the common good, will have one name: the enemy of democracy. Español

The politics of ethnic diversity: Scotland, Brexit and inequality

This week the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a study demonstrating that people born into an ethnic minority household in Scotland are twice as likely to face poverty. 

Sharing responsibility for refugees in Europe: the logic of identity

Values such as ‘shared responsibility’ that define the EU on paper do not appear to be powerful in practice. But across Europe national identities are a different matter. 

Migrant and refugee suffering on the central Mediterranean route: too much, too long

Despite the world’s media focus on the eastern Mediterranean route in the past year due to the high number of arrivals, the central Mediterranean remains the deadliest route into Europe.

Federalism and the European left

Politically, it may well be ideologically hopeless. But it is crucial to realize that, institutionally, the EU is a very plastic organization.

Europe’s misguided applause for Morocco’s reform process

Stability under the cover of autocracy is not only unjust and brutal but also unsustainable.

A botched coup and Turkey’s future in western institutions

The EU will fail in anchoring policy reform in Turkey as a result of becoming hostage to inter-governmentalism and the zero-sum-game dynamics associated with it.

Unruly Britannia: Why we can no longer call our kingdom 'united'

We think of Britain as a bastion of stability, security, and unity. This vision was always partly a myth, and it is now more distant than ever from political reality.

Kurdish women’s battle continues against state and patriarchy, says first female co-mayor of Diyarbakir. Interview

After this military coup, the government may use this as an excuse to strengthen their sexist, militarist and anti-democratic policies further. We face this danger now.

Understanding transversality

It is essential that we always remember that activist spaces are a means and not an end in themselves, to reach the broad social majority that needs us.

Human rights and the failed coup in Turkey

There are risks for human rights in the post-coup purges in Turkey. But we must applaud more loudly the coup’s failure as a victory for human rights and democracy. Türkçe

Interview with Adrian Zandberg, Partia Razem

If you don't have a Left that is able to question unjust social relations and give viable perspectives on changing the world for the better, then politics dies.

Scotland would not be independent inside the EU

Will Scotland get special treatment from the EU just because it voted remain?

Seven reasons why a second EU referendum looks unlikely

Debate is not focused on the UK’s retreat from solidarity, partnership, voice, influence and the multiple connecting ties of the EU.

The migrant camps of Chios: Greece's ongoing refugee crisis

There are three refugee camps on the Greek island of Chios. Your quality of life depends a great deal on where you've been placed, and where you’ve been placed is mostly down to luck.

Regeni and cosmopolitanism: the false question of national belonging

"Where are you from? - Italy." "Ah, you have Regeni. We have thousands of Regeni in Syria."

More than black and white: a report from Istanbul

A critical engagement with the question of the ‘right’ relationship between religion and politics, would immensely benefit analysis of the events in Turkey, as well as future European political decision-making.

Five Star Movement: Italy's populist progressives?

The Five Star Movement was progressive from the start. Now they have another chance to shake things up – will they squander this too?

The IMF confesses it immolated Greece on behalf of the Eurogroup

What good is it to have a mea culpa if those officials who imposed such disastrous, inhuman policies remain on board and are, in fact, promoted for their gross incompetence?

Stealing the spectacle

A new Polish xenophobia cannot be explained only by political economy, but also needs to be understood in terms of political aesthetics.

Reclaiming Europe from the powers that be: an interview with Barbara Spinelli MEP

"Any constitutional change of the European institutions is futile without first restoring citizens’ trust." Lorenzo Marsili in conversation with Barbara Spinelli.

Turkey’s clash of Islamists: Erdogan vs Gülen

What does the power struggle between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and powerful Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen mean for Turks who want democracy?

Engineering an uprising: what the democracy rallies in Turkey tell us

Since this initial mobilisation and the thwarting of the coup, the Turkish government has done all it can to sustain the momentum behind what it describes as a kind of popular uprising.

Fleeing Europe?

Europe’s dire politics of deterrence is leaving people in a social and legal limbo while others consider escaping what they had previously believed to be a place of safety and rights. 

Turkey, the EU and the death penalty: a chequered history

The abolition of the death penalty has been arguably the most symbolic result of Turkey's EU accession process. To see it revoked would be a sad, backwards step for Turkey and for the EU.

Coup talk in Ukraine

The war in the east, the rise of paramilitaries and polarised public opinion are feeding fears of a violent seizure of power in Kyiv. Could Ukraine follow in Turkey’s footsteps? 

The European migration crisis – have we lost the moral high ground?

Europe simply can’t guarantee its money will stop human rights crises. At best, it will simply force migrants to trade one hell for another.