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Europe and the spectre of democracy: Michel Feher interviews Yanis Varoufakis

"Our transnational movement to bring together Europeans has to be energized from the cities to adopt the methods, the narrative, the esprit and the élan of these movements in order to create a potential for reconstituting the dynamics of European progressive politics."

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Europe and the spectre of democracy: Michel Feher interviews Yanis Varoufakis

"Our transnational movement to bring together Europeans has to be energized from the cities to adopt the methods, the narrative, the esprit and the élan of these movements in order to create a potential for reconstituting the dynamics of European progressive politics."

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Justice for atrocity and economic crimes: can the EU deliver?

With the partial exception of the Holocaust, European states have done little reckoning with their own legacies of abuse inherited from war and repressive rule in Europe and the former colonies.

Idomeni: a devil’s game

The most important and most asked question in Idomeni is, what is the West waiting for? Your agreement with Turkey does not handle our cause. The Europeans are using us to scare other refugees away.

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Turkey down the slippery road: stories of people in Izmir

"He has lost his mind and drags us to the abyss. I think, if I meet him somewhere and have a gun, I would shoot him. No kidding." says Aydin*.

Don’t be fooled: Brexit or Bremain, both want us to fear Turkey

Ironically, Britain’s PM did not counter the slanderous comments made against Turks, but instead sought to demonstrate that he too would prevent them from entering the country.

From hybrid peace to human security

An effective second generation human security policy that would actually improve everyday security, both in conflict zones and in Europe, may well be critical for the very survival of the EU.

Mogherini’s The European Union in a changing global environment: a discursive space to rethink the world

“I want a strategy that responds to the ideas, the fears, and even the dreams of the European citizens, the young and the older generations”, Federica Mogherini, 2015.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

An open letter to #NuitDebout from the Indignados’ districts of the internet

This open letter is against the manipulation of 'new ' parties. Let's be radical, demand what's possible. Español. Francais.

Will young people decide the Austrian presidential election?

Will young people in Austria vote for the youthful far-right candidate Norbert Hofer or his septuagenarian rival, Alexander Van der Bellen?

A human economy approach to development

Money buys the machines that control people’s access to work. Humanity’s task is to reverse that order.

A new politics from the left?

Can it be achieved from within existing political institutions, or does it require new sources of power to be built in society and the economy as a base for new political institutions?

The European project is ours: let's roll up our sleeves for remain

How the EU got to where it is and what can be done about it. Chapter 8 of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Yanis Varoufakis, And the Weak Suffer what they Must? Book review.

This book is not just illuminating. It is a call to moral awakening and to intelligent, determined and humane political action.

Defending democracy, reinventing the left

Representative democracy can only strengthen if it resorts to more participatory and deliberative mechanisms, a new generation of public action built on co-construction.

Populism - the eternal ideology

Populism - once associated mainly with Latin America - is now part of the political mainstream in western and eastern Europe. What's behind this surge?

"Brexit": the real threat to globalization

British voters on June 23 may also decide the future of globalisation/ financialisation. If Britain votes to leave the EU, globalisation may be over, and with it an era in history.

AthensLive: new, independent and crowdfunded media for Greece

Nothing like this has existed in Greece before. The political elite has controlled Greek media for years, and clientelism has only worsened with six years of economic crisis.

Europe and the spectre of democracy: Michel Feher interviews Yanis Varoufakis

"Our transnational movement to bring together Europeans has to be energized from the cities to adopt the methods, the narrative, the esprit and the élan of these movements in order to create a potential for reconstituting the dynamics of European progressive politics."

Why did David Cameron reject this essay from his anti-corruption book?

Readers can judge for themselves why this contribution by a veteran politician to the UK prime minister's volume on tackling corruption was not included. Today, we are pleased to share it with our global readership.

Why on earth would socialists support the neoliberal, undemocratic EU?

The EU is a deeply undemocratic institution enforcing austerity and privatisation on its member states. In what strange world is this a progressive institution?

The capitalism tribunal

At the 'Capitalism Tribunal' in Vienna, citizens from across the world are invited to prosecute or defend capitalism. The charges are then transferred from the digital sphere to physical space, in a real trial.

From a non-Jewish Left-Zionist: an open letter to Ken Livingstone

The Livingstone affair is the latest symptom of the European left's retreat into anti-Zionism. Proportionate criticism of Israel is necessary, but opposition to the Jewish State insults history.

Today’s People of the Abyss

Is the book a time capsule from a bygone era from which we can learn ‘how it was’ rather than ‘how it is today’?

LuxLeaks court case against two whistleblowers and a journalist

As Luxembourg strives to mend its tarnished image with a 'Nation Branding' scheme, a lawsuit against two whistleblowers and a journalist puts the small country back into the international spotlight.

Europe's day: a reflection

On Europe Day, let us remember that peace is not achieved simply through an absence of war, but through an end to the very antagonisms and contradictions driving conflict in all its guises.

What does an anti-Semitic party look like in Europe today?

As Britain debates antisemitism and the left, support for populist right-wing parties using hardline anti-Semitic messages is growing across the continent.