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Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The upheavals we are witnessing are a political response to a political failure of historic proportions, argues the most popular political philosopher of his generation. Obama’s presidency was the last, late opportunity for liberalism to make a change, an opportunity not taken.

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Why I am not a Liberal and how we need to fight bin Trump and Brexit

Trumpism cannot be defeated by seeing it as irrational – nor by withdrawing from Europe. Response to Jan Zielonka and Michael Sandel on the role of liberalism in the rise of the hard right.

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What is the meaning of the Five Star Movement?

Although it took different paths, what happened in Italy is similar to what has happened in France: both countries saw their traditional main parties from the left and the right implode.

Can grassroots historical initiatives bridge the gap between Poland and Ukraine?

With politicians in both countries unwilling to back down over worrying historical legislation, it’s up to historians, activists and journalists to reshape Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Madrid as a place of democratic innovation

An exuberant ecosystem of citizen practices and self-managed spaces has turned Madrid into an international reference of the urban commons. Español, Português

How to contain the hard right

The question is, why do even the most enlightened liberals such as Fawcett and Barnett not really try to offer a set of specific policies to forge a liberal comeback?

Relaunching French – a very messy business

Like-minded thinkers find it rather depressing that the Francophone equivalent of the battle Salman Rushdie fought 30 years ago – against the concept of “Commonwealth literature” – has yet to commence.

The French army and the values of the Republic: on military entrism in education

Promoting independence and emancipation of education from corporations and the army and instilling critical thinking are still the best ways to prevent the narrowing of our freedoms.

Europe's duty to save journalists

The murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Ján Kuciak and many other journalists were not due to fate, but to structural deficiencies in state institutions that should have protected them.

The European Left’s Machiavellian moment: notes on Costas Douzinas’ 'Syriza in Power'

Syriza’s electoral victory displayed the ability of the radical left to travel the path from resistance and revolt to rule, in the turbulent opening which is the Machiavellian moment. Book review.

Straight talk on trade, international institutions, Greek austerity and inequality

European austerity is a politics of power. It’s a banker protection racket. And the fact is, the strategy has now failed.

Decolonising migrant resistance: from #Refugeeswelcome to ‘These Walls Must Fall’

The discourse of #Refugeeswelcome is built on the Euro-centric dichotomy of ‘good migrant’ and ‘bad migrant’, whose uncritical adoption leads directly to the ‘unwelcoming’ environment intact throughout Europe.

Poor child healthcare in Bulgaria and Romania

Similar problems are observed as in Romania, joined by Bulgaria at the bottom of the league table in terms of infant mortality in the EU.

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

UBI: balancing progress and protection

Why we need to be able to think in terms of a brave new world.

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

Many epithets have been used to run down the Commonwealth. The London summit may even be called the Commonwealth Games II…

Unsympathetic people: the overwhelming success of Poland's exclusionary agenda

Three elements seem to have played a decisive role in this: voluntary servitude, the Polish brand of inferiority complex, and a deep-seated Polish anti-Semitism and more general exclusivism.

Subcontracting and forced labour in Italy: a tale of depoliticised labour relations

In Italy, discourses around labour subcontracting in the agricultural sector serve an important purpose: obscuring the root causes of labour exploitation.

You are all Northern Ireland now

The post BREXIT landscape sees two rival blocs with totally different, seemingly irreconcilable national aspirations. Welcome to my world.

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

Whose human rights? The marginalisation of dissent in France and spreading

The use of human rights to criminalize the French Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign sends out a warning alert.

No appetite for a deregulatory post-Brexit Britain: new findings on public attitudes

The transformation of the aims of Brexit emerged during the early days of the referendum campaign, when the cross-party campaign for leave realised where the route to broad-based success lay.

The ‘refugee crisis’ in the Mediterranean: the role of EU states, civil society and art

As the EU turns away from international human rights commitments, asserting border controls at almost any cost including that to humanitarian activists, what role can art play?

The ‘Europeanization’ of schooling: what is a European education?

In an ambitious future, education as a common good means an education enjoyed by the whole community, built by citizens culturally capable of influencing, acting and imagining alternatives.

Facebook, privacy, and the use of data

How to think about this, what to call for, and some links to help.

Hungary threatens the European Union – a photo essay from Budapest

"I joined a massive demonstration against the Orbán supremacy a week after the election, on Saturday afternoon 14 March. It completely filled Budapest’s wide avenues between the Opera and Parliament."

The myth of the Swedish education miracle

The Swedish model is not especially efficient or good, but it is the one that has pushed as far as possible the post-authoritarian logic in modern European education.

The Commonwealth gets extra attention

Some 5,000 participants from government, business and civil society have arrived for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The central theme of the deliberations is ‘Towards a Common Future’.

Goodbye WTO?

The WTO has to be reformed and updated, not discarded. And the EU should play its part, while at the same time promoting its own industrial growth.

Precariat spring: Spanish social movements get ready for a new cycle of mobilisation

During the last month pensioners, women and housing activists suffering from precarious conditions have taken to the streets with one key demand: an end to the precarity of their lives. Español

Why the EU condones human rights violations of refugees in Hungary

While politicians such as Merkel polish their shining armour, the dirty job done at Europe’s periphery shelters them from actually having to apply their principles on their own territory. 

The misuse of abuse: fears of potentially abusive litigation are overriding the reality of abusive companies in Europe

It’s time to look to the future of collective redress in the EU on the basis of the evidence, for victims of corporate abuse in all member states and for all types of harm.