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Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

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Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

No, Channel 4: Islam is not responsible for the Islamic State

“I am a longstanding admirer of Holland. However, the arguments he makes in his film are intellectually dishonest.”

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Aristides de Sousa Mendes: a light in the dark

Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.   

Solidarity according to Polish women in 2017

Women are playing a key role in the ongoing Polish protests - and this time they won't be silenced.

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

John Berger and the Booker Prize

Clarity is more important than money.

Is the world finally breaking its silence on Turkey?

"Members of my staff are sad not just for their friends, but for their country. What will it take for the world to break its silence?"

Stop blaming the rescuers

Attacks against rescue efforts in the Mediterranean must stop. The recent Italian and EU proposals are just the last steps of an ongoing de-legitimisation campaign that is putting the lives of thousands of migrants at risk.

Poland has a duty to preserve judicial independence

The Polish government's proposed law to take control of the country's judiciary is the latest in a worrying trend towards authoritarianism in the country.

Why the ICC examination into torture and other abuses by UK soldiers in Iraq must continue

The Office of the Prosecutor is under pressure to conclude the examination. It must remain open. The Prosecutor should be taking it to the next logical step – a full-blown investigation. 

Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity?

How could we use the EU budget to strengthen democracy?

In March, Jean-Claude Juncker presented five future scenarios for the European Union. They failed to include ideas about how the EU could make its citizens happier, healthier or better off.

From civil society to political society

“You can avoid paying attention to politics only until politics starts paying attention to you.” Thoughts gathered at Team Syntegrity 2017 in Barcelona.

'Constructive disobedience': a critique

For disobedience to be justified in a fully public, democratic way it needs to be grounded in horizontal, pre-institutional political relations (an extremely difficult challenge both philosophically and politically).

Can mosques and minarets be tools for democracy?

If anyone has doubts about the predominance of a strain of political Islam in Turkey, this week they should be watching Turkey’s mosques. Part two of three.

Competing conservatisms in Serbia and Croatia

Nationalist conservatives are dominating the political scenes in Serbia and Croatia, but how do they compare and differ in the way they rule?

Single market maze contains clues to complex Brexit puzzle

While political debate over Brexit sidestepped the complexities of the single market, domestic volatility makes replicating trading arrangements much more difficult.

The governor is busy

No matter how large or crowded Istanbul becomes, the centralized government structure does not change. There is always a single governor... Part one of three.

The real reason Trump went to Poland

Trump went to Poland to sell gas to its nationalist right wing government - and other big EU countries were not impressed.

Brussels works: disorder as a political instrument?

Brussels is shaken by a major corruption scandal, manifesting a perverse entanglement of politics, power and self-enrichment. Here, the concept of ‘disorder as a political instrument’ is highly applicable.

Art and the refugee ‘crisis’: Mediterranean blues

Artists are mapping new itineraries of the Mediterranean, throwing into relief an incurable colonial wound that continues to bleed into the present.

Punish the smuggler or reward the smuggler? Recent refugee arrivals in Greece

As its northern and western neighbours close their doors to asylum seekers through policies, borders and distance, Greece continues to welcome them to the best of its ability.

Resignation letter from Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi to DiEM25 and Yanis Varoufakis' reply

The writer, media theorist and activist wrote to say “I am no longer a European given Europe’s daily crimes” & “thus I resign from DiEM25”. Read his letter, and Yanis Varoufakis’ reply.

Brits should remember the spirit of cooperation at the root of the EU single market

Commonly cited arguments for staying in the single market not only don't stand up to interrogation, they also neglect what post-WWII European trading unity was meant to be about – cooperation. 

Team Syntegrity, a comprehensive method of hope

Collaborating, competing, contradicting, negotiating, accommodating and compromising, all took place to different degrees in one symbiotic process. Our first participant report-back.

Simone Veil – a passionate believer in Europe

She was a tower of moral rectitude like that other great Jewish figure of French post war politics, Pierre Mendes France. In memoriam.

Democracy in the age of Macron

What European democracies have lacked most, since at least the 1980s, is high-profile political vision.

It´s time for cities to lead

In 2005, Ken Livingstone convened a gathering of 18 city leaders that would go on to become the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – one of the most powerful urban advocacy networks in the world. Spanish

Brexit negotiations: why are the liberal media accepting the first lie of nationalism?

On Steve Baker's corporate interests and Brexit negotiations as shock doctrine.

Dirty Brexit and the covert war on regulation

During the next three months Brendan Montague will investigate the business interests and motives of the businessmen that sponsored Dirty Brexit...