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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is submissions editor at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Liquid democracy, its challenges and its forebears

Until today, particular decisions within software and product development have to be decided by privileged people. LiquidFeedback can democratize the decision-making process. An interview with the founders.

Rolling back corporate capture will take more than EU lobby transparency

If Europe is serious about regulating the car industry and protecting public health and the climate, it needs to stand up to the car lobby rather than allowing those resisting regulation to write it. 

More than a refuge, a welcome

In today’s world, it is essential to take welcoming into account in the cycle of reproduction of social life.

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.

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."

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.

Anti-consumption in crisis

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

Climate negotiations: countries must commit to short term objectives in order to succeed

An agreement on short term objectives for climate change must absolutely be found in order to make the Paris agreement a truly sustainable, effective and human one.

Populist hegemony in Greece

The electoral victory of Tsipras over his political opponents signifies the triumph of energetic populism over docile liberalism.

The EU stumbles as crises mount

It is precisely at dealing with a world like today's, of instability and fast-moving events –  not open to easy or direct control – that the EU is, and always has been, very bad.

I know the fear and hope of those seeking refuge in Europe

If I could send a message to European leaders it would be this. Understand why people risk everything to reach Europe. Show them the same humanity being shown by ordinary citizens.

Greece, when the social movements are all that is left

Skyrocketing abstention, social demobilization and an impending wave of harsh austerity measures call for critical reflection after Syriza’s victory.


It seems normal to grant priority to victims of wars which are destroying Iraq and Syria, because we all share a large part of the responsibilities in the present conflicts.

Europe and the refugees: a demographic enlargement

We will begin to understand that in order for Europe to be able to carry out the task which has suddenly fallen to it, a new Europe is required, with a different political form.

Why is Europe desperate to spy on its Muslims?

The Muslim, in the eyes of the west, is stuck in a perpetual condition of imminent fanaticism. This is why the west has to survey all Muslims, all of the time.

Why the EU gets in the way of refugee solidarity

To distribute people, the most sensitive dimension of solidarity, is firstly about sharing norms; the rights of the asylum seekers must be guaranteed in reality, not just in law. 

Could ISIS bring Russia and the west together?

For a couple of years after 9/11, there was a solid US-Russia anti-terrorism cooperation that basically gave the Kremlin a freer hand in crushing the Chechens.

Greece, the breach remains open

"Whatever SYRIZA’s failings may be, they reflect the failings of the entire European left, of each and every one of us." 

Learning from the stark variations across Eurozone Crisis media coverage

As the European press reports on the refugee crisis unfolding across the continent, what lessons can the media draw from another recent event: the Eurozone crisis?

The meaning of the refugee crisis

"One is reminded of the beautiful summer days of 1944, when tens of thousands of Jews were forcibly marched to their deaths through the streets of Budapest." Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian and Czech.

Right-Wing soft power, the refugee crisis and Europe’s failure

The fact that Syriza was crucified more often and with more intensity than Viktor Orbán speaks volumes in itself. It is just that most people do not want to listen.

Fragmented we fight: what’s Left in Greece in 2015?

The openings produced by the Syriza phenomenon have been closed by Syriza itself. What, then, is the current state of the Greek political left with yet another national vote pending? 

Looking through the fence: Hungary's refugee psyche

The Hungarian reaction to the refugee crisis has caused a media storm. But before we join in the castigation, let's try and understand the reasons behind Hungary's actions.

Tear gas at the EU’s border

The chloropicrin agent used as a popular pesticide belongs historically to the same family of toxic irritants used in tear gas attacks against refugees.This is not an innocent coincidence.

What should Corbyn demand of Europe?

To campaign for remaining in the EU without advancing a set of positive reforms that address its problems, would obviously be a non-starter. 

Just what is the point of the European Union?

By the end of 2017, the British people, denied a voice within the EU for over four decades, will decide whether the UK should remain…or leave. An opening salvo.

'Brexit' and workers' rights – no case for a 'no'

What is this crazy 'cut-off-your-nose to spite your face' strategy? How can we defend let alone improve EU workers’ rights by leaving the EU?

Hope, power and delusion

Jeremy Corbyn has won the race for leadership of the Labour party. But Greek and Spanish activists advise against placing too much faith in political parties.

The argument against compassion: Europe and the refugees

These justifications seem to be logically weak: the problem, however, is that they capture the imagination of large masses of people in Europe.

Europe's refugee-love

Fear pushes us to know the social and political determinations of refugees from a right-wing perspective ('are they potential ISIS militants?'). But compassion works by blinding us to it.

Open Letter to the EU, EU Member-States and the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council called for September 14, 2015

The undersigned researchers, faculty, staff and alumni of the European University Institute wish to express our outrage at the deaths of thousands of people on their journey to Europe.

With eyes on Europe, we are forgetting those still crossing

Instead of focusing on this humanitarian crisis, governments in Europe, the United States and Canada are only concerned with the number of migrants they can take in.

What neighbourhood and gentrification mean for Berlin immigrants

Even without the threat of racism, many immigrants are unhappy about changing their neighbourhood.

Welcome to the European Union: notes from Lesbos

The Greek island of Lesbos is struggling with overwhelming numbers of refugees arriving daily on its shores. What can be done to solve this humanitarian crisis?

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