Referendum and democracy: putting the demos on stage

The referendum takes the lesson of the squares to the heart of politics. The stakes are high: Greek destiny, the future of the European Union and of democracy is on the line.

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Referendum and democracy: putting the demos on stage

The referendum takes the lesson of the squares to the heart of politics. The stakes are high: Greek destiny, the future of the European Union and of democracy is on the line.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Demotix/Alexandros Michailidis. All rights reserved.

No, sweet no

The astounding NO vote that swept every part of Greece will take time to digest and understand and its meaning also depends on how the Europeans respond. But here are some immediate reactions.

Nothing in politics is an accident

“More cynically (or realistically) the Hellenes must be kept in the NATO orbit and timely aid is the best guarantor of it.”

“We have already voted NO”

Personally it took me a while to feel more hopeful about this referendum and to overcome my own anxieties and fear.

What happens after the Greek vote

If YES wins, Tsipras could lose everything; if NO wins Tsipras could gain nothing. But, in the longer term, YES would prolong the agony of the country, while NO would show that some democracy is left in Europe.

SYRIZA crash-lands against the euro

Tsipras’ room for manoeuvre is completely circumscribed by the euro.

The Greek burden: confronting neoliberal authoritarianism on July 5

Much like the mythical Atlas, Greece must carry the struggle against austerity on its shoulders as punishment for its government challenging the neo-liberal European consensus in Europe.

The last couple of days in Athens and in solidarity

Tribute to the Greek left from a fellow European who won’t forget the run-up to the historic Greek referendum.

Drawing the line between free speech and online radicalisation

Two court rulings in Denmark and Norway reveal the contradictions at the heart of the European debate on free speech versus incitement to terrorism.

Greferendum: an anthology

Some of our best contributors on the Greek crisis give their thoughts on how they would vote in Sunday's referendum.

What is at stake in the Greek referendum?

How will Greece be able to fix its economy in a desert landscape, with no appetite for reforms, without helpful partners and with a crippled democracy?

Why we recommend a NO in the referendum - in 6 short bullet points

The future demands that, with the power vested upon us by that NO, we renegotiate Greece's public debt as well as the distribution of burdens between the haves and the have nots.

Greece and immigration: the nadir of European integration

Significantly, centre-left governments also aligned themselves with the conservative majority, providing further evidence for the argument that European Social Democratic parties are incapable of an alternative European leadership.

Greek referendum: voting for or against Europe?

Why does Syriza say that it wants to stay in the Euro while doing exactly the opposite of what is required to achieve it?, To Potami asks.

Why I will be voting YES in Sunday’s Greek referendum

I would vote yes as I do not want my objections to the way the crisis has been managed at home and in Brussels to be usurped by politicians that dream that they can give the Union a bloody nose by destroying the Eurozone.

España: el holograma como protesta

Millones de españoles han participado en manifestaciones y protestas en los últimos cuatro años. A partir del 1 de julio de este año pueden ser objeto de penas desproporcionadas y hasta de encarcelamiento por ejercer sus derechos democráticos. Entrevista. Este artículo ha sido publicado por primera vez en Can Europe Make It el 22 de Abril, 2015. English

Greferendum - once upon a time in Europe democracy broke out

The revolt is real against authoritarianism, whatever the outcome of the referendum.

Spain’s hologram protests

Millions of Spaniards have engaged in protests over the past four years. As of July 1 they can be subject to disproportionate fines and even jail for exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression, assembly, protest and information. Interview. 

Last tango in Athens?

Doom merchants predict social catastrophe for Greece. But when Argentina defaulted in 2001,  the people - not the banks -  rallied to the rescue. Español

Iceland's unfinished revolution? An interview with Hordur Torfason

The award-winning human rights activist credited with starting Iceland's 'pots and pans revolution', discusses with Phil England the prospects for 'unfreezing' the draft new constitution.

The symbolism of NO in Greece

Why getting Greeks to vote NO may be easier than getting them to vote YES.

 

Why I will be voting NO in Sunday's Greek referendum

In its essence, Sunday's question is one of dignity and our lives from this point on.

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

Europe as a republic: the story of Europe in the twenty first century

Europe is now almost completely integrated in terms of economic and monetary policy. So European integration is yesterday’s word; tomorrow’s is European democracy. We all are Europe! Deutsch. (8,907 words)

Europe in the 21st century: a new version of Europe is available

“No idea is a good idea unless it first appears to be completely illusory.” (Albert Einstein) Español.

Europe: a new version is available

We are outraged. We see Europe falling apart in front of our very eyes. Europe is in dire need of radical change in social, financial and energy policies and more. Join us.

Rebuilding democracy in Iceland: an interview with Birgitta Jonsdottir

In the first of a series of interviews by Phil England examining the situation in Iceland and the possible relevance of developments there to the UK, Phil talks to Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jonsdottir.

The geopolitical implications of Europe’s debt crisis

Up until very recently, geopolitics was one of the most unpopular and outdated intellectual concepts in contemporary Europe. The eurocrisis has changed that.

Ulrike Guérot: the European Republic is under construction (video)

A video of Ulrike Guerot's speech at re:publica on the creation of a European republic. (60 minutes, in German)

Referendum and democracy: putting the demos on stage

The referendum takes the lesson of the squares to the heart of politics. The stakes are high: Greek destiny, the future of the European Union and of democracy is on the line.

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