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Hope, power and delusion

Hope, power and delusion

Europe's refugee choice: unity or deluge

A great inflow of refugees has triggered division and alarm across the European Union. But history advises, and the present requires, a more rational response.

Volkswagen's insider system isn't necessarily a bad system

The Volkswagen emission scandel ought to be condemned. However, with the weaknesses of the Anglo-American corporate model one should be careful not to dismiss Volkswagen's insider system of governance.

Has liberalism gone missing in East Central Europe, or has it always been absent?

The refugee crisis highlights that it is time to reassess the contribution of East Central Europe’s mainstream parties of ‘liberals’ who are better at winning elections than at being liberal.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: twenty years on from Dayton

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a paralysed state. Can a way out be found by leaving behind the Dayton Peace Accord?

Can non-Western democracy help to foster political transformation?

Democratic renewal is urgently needed everywhere, and in that process all societies can learn from each other.

The good student of Europe at a dead-end

Portugal feels like a ticking bomb, yet the country still lacks the political structures that would make dissent a rational choice.

Por que não há um Syriza em Portugal?

Ao contrário que na Grécia ou em Espanha, em Portugal a crise e as medidas de austeridade draconianas que lhe seguiram não provocaram mudanças importantes no sistema partidário. Por quê? English. Español.

Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why? Português. Español

On centrism and independence in Spain

"Facing an increasingly self-centered centre, we stand for citizens who are open to the world and to the present time, capable of organizing and cooperating according to their abilities and aspirations."

No maps, no manuals: retrieving radical republicanism, restoring popular sovereignty

Republicanism brings into sharp focus an articulation of common freedoms strived for under extremely varying political conditions, in different times and places, with the shared commonality of facing unequal odds.

Is the 'migrant crisis' simply a question of humanitarian assistance?

The European left is crushed between right-wing movements declaring the moral priority of fellow nationals, and huge flows of migrants asking for dignity. How should social democrats respond?

Time to move beyond nuclear tribalism

"Question: Is nuclear power good or bad?

 Answer: No. Some nuclear is good, some is bad. For example, the Govt. should support an IFR."

Catalonia, Scotland and the fluid concept of democracy

Unlike Scotland, Catalonia has not been given the chance to have a definitive say on its independence. Does this further the cause for secessionists?

Islam and refugees: some observations from Samos

Refugees are entering a Europe that sees some of them as terrorists and Islamist extremists. The reality is that the vast number of refugees are victims of terrorism themselves.

Germany’s second turning point: long-term effects of the refugee crisis

Is the societal change that Germany now faces tantamount to die zweite Wende, or ‘second turning point’?

Bosnia and Herzegovina in peril once again

The upcoming referendum in Republika Srpska has the potential to disrupt Bosnia and Herzegovina's entire state structure. Where to turn next?

The limits of Europe

openDemocracy is partnering with European Alternatives to explore the Transeuropa festival. Here, the Co-President of European Alternatives tells us what he hopes to find at Transeuropa.

Between Russia and the west

Dysfunctionality in Serbia and Bosnia reflects the larger economic conflict between Russia and the west.

The end of a decade: what happened to Roma inclusion?

Ten years ago the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 was launched. Now that the Decade has been formally closed, it is time to reflect on the results.

"Blood cell counting": the Croatian refugee crisis

Croatia is the latest Balkan country to find itself hit by the wave of refugees trying to reach western Europe. What have the reactions been there?

Russia, Ukraine and the European Union: a way forward?

In order to secure long-term peace and prosperity in Europe and potentially beyond, a mutually beneficial arrangement between the European Union and Russia is needed.

Why don’t Syrians stay in Turkey?

Why are Syrian refugees leaving the relative safety of Turkey and choosing instead to undertake the dangerous journey to Europe?

Winter is coming!

With winter approaching, the journey that refugees face to reach Europe is becoming ever more dangerous. Why are they being denied safe passage and what can be done to help?

Catalonia: no fast track to independence

As much as many people deeply disliked the way the PP was facing the elections, they feared the prospect of a wide open scenario with no guarantees whatsoever. Español

European union – a cosmopolitan legal space

Porous borders really mean the acceptance that human beings move across borders, and that they should be able to move without being criminalized. The political philosopher in interview with Slawomir Sierakowski.

Does a democratic Slovenia secure the right to objective and pluralist information?

Even though Slovenia is "no longer under Communism" critical journalism in that country is still under siege and often subjugated to political power.

Anti-consumption in crisis

The film is about Skoros, a Greek anti-consumerist collective, solidarity/ies, and the joys of doing things differently.

Three questions for Andrej Bereta

Three questions for Andrej Bereta, who is speaking about research within contemporary art at the Transeuropa festival 2015.

Three questions for Peter Sunde

Three questions for Peter Sunde, who is speaking about online privacy and digital freedom at the Transeuropa festival 2015.