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No alternative in Europe to a long, hard struggle

Don't be conned by those determined to free Britain from EU “red tape” – their catch-all term for employment rights, consumer protection and environmental regulation.

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No alternative in Europe to a long, hard struggle

Don't be conned by those determined to free Britain from EU “red tape” – their catch-all term for employment rights, consumer protection and environmental regulation.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Trapped in the new Greek archipelago with no way out

According to the UNHCR, some 46,000 refugees are stranded in Greece - trapped in an archipelago of camps that stretches from the northern borderlands, to Athens and the Aegean islands.

Going global: the UK government’s ‘CVE’ agenda, counter-radicalisation and covert propaganda

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts, the government tells us, "address the root causes of extremism through community engagement". But could this globalising project have counter-productive consequences?

Celebrating labour day in the red city – Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

"“I don’t think older people are nostalgic about the socialist past. I can see that the life was better in those days..."

Human rights for Martians

The human rights movement can be seen as the ongoing but failing struggle to close the gap between the abstract man of the Declarations and the empirical human being. Has it succeeded? Yes and no.

Why are we Brits in such a muddle about antisemitism?

We may be at a critical moment in British public life, risking a plunge into an American-style pseudo-politics, sucking attention away from the real inequalities of our world and our society.

What do Muslims think? Same old, same old... time to wake up

It is important not to surrender to fear by seeing all manifestations of Islam, including the conservative ones, as an indicator of terrorism.

A far-right president of Austria is all but inevitable

The opposition is too weak, civil society too apathetic and far-right sentiment too strong to stop Norbert Hofer being elected President of Austria.

Without a humane migration policy and a federal Europe there is no future

An appeal was by the Young European Federalists of Pescara (Italy) in collaboration with Europa in Movimento on why the EU-Turkey agreement is illegal and why we demand that Europe return to the values of the Founding Fathers.  (FR | IT | ESDE)

Interviewing Babah Tarawally, Dutch novelist and former refugee from Sierra Leone

Babah Tarawally’s message is one of hope; he urges refugees to emancipate themselves from both a racist or excessively self-pitying discourse, and to acquire an active role in the construction of their future. 

Slovakia: Roma exclusion and the dark side of democracy

The EU should heed Slovakia consistently falling short of ‘Council of Europe standards’ in a seemingly inexorable shift to the dark side of democracy: illiberal, majoritarian, Christian and national.

From the sorrow to the shame of Belgium

The legalisation of this 'newcomer’s statement' is an undeniable step on the slippery slope in the dehumanisation of Europe’s ‘new Jews’. Alarm bells should be ringing.

Lessons from Serbia's general election

The Serbian election results are not as 'ordinary' as they first appear.

In defence of today’s anti-fascist protesters

Populist leaders today are unable to completely abolish multi-party systems, free press, individual freedom, or instigate actual war both inside and outside the country. But we can’t ignore the danger they present.

Tibet, symbolism and the Czech Republic

Czech President Milos Zeman recently labelled pro-Tibet protestors "mentally ill" during a visit of the Chinese President to the Czech Republic. What does this say about Zeman and Czech society?

Jeremy Corbyn, the future not the past

It is time to see Labour's leader in a new perspective. Can his party's MPs rise to the challenge?

Where will we end up? Terrorism, Islamophobia and the logic of fascism

Fascism is not only a form of prejudice, it is also a political logic. A logic that reduces complex problems to ‘us and them’ issues.

The Tory 'remain' strategy is based on fear and selfishness

There is an obvious reason that no Tory politician would cite the Social Charter as a reason for the British electorate to vote to remain in the EU.

No alternative in Europe to a long, hard struggle

Don't be conned by those determined to free Britain from EU “red tape” – their catch-all term for employment rights, consumer protection and environmental regulation.

An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from an Italian

Please Mr Corbyn, could you highlight Giulio Regeni's case next Wednesday at PMQs? Could you ask David Cameron to throw the British government's diplomatic weight behind the Italian investigators?

As Poles shift right, democracy runs scarce

While the Law and Justice party insists that local disputes are best settled at home, Polish opposition and fearful individuals have been reaching out to international forums for support.

Human rights and the internet from a curatorial perspective: reflections on the show “Regarding Spectatorship: Revolt and the Distant Observer”

How can we build a visual literacy that strengthens  the movement for human rights on the internet? First, understand what we are involved in when we look.

Defiantly principled: Breivik v Norway

A survivor of Anders Behring Breivik's mass murder supports recent court verdict that the Norwegian state has infringed on the human rights of the terrorist.

‘Wretched strangers’ in Sir Thomas More

To mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, we publish the speech Shakespeare gives the Lord Chancelor of England when called upon to quell rioters protesting against migrants on Evil May Day, 1517.

A migration pact not fit for purpose

Ten points regarding the recent migration pact proposed by the Renzi government in Italy.

Denaturalisation: a brief (French) history

Between November 2015 and March 2016, France went through a raging debate about denaturalisation (déchéance de nationalité). This is a brief history of a very controversial subject.

The crime, the time, and the politics of ICTY justice

Radovan Karadzic is my relative, on my mother’s side. For years, I felt uneasy about that and my vehement public opposition to the war put me at odds with many of my relatives.

Europe: as saviour or of sorrow?

The European Union has long promulgated a narrative of 'Europe as saviour' - from fascism, dictatorship and communism. Today it is the 'Europe of sorrow' which drives a considerable amount of eurosceptic politics.

Shifty antisemitism wars

Convened by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism has become a strategizing opportunity on how best to thwart a growing BDS campaign.

The case for Europe, 2016

In an interdependent world, nationalism offers no bolt-hole. The task for all progressives is to find effective ways to engage with continental partners, creating a new blend of national and European politics.