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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The radical right, immigration and the future of the EU

In the May European elections, the immigration issue will continue to play a role in the expected success of radical right parties.

Open letter to the women of the world from Leyla Güven

"All the women of the world need to be saying enough to fascism, enough to dictatorship!"

Nicolás Sartorius: “Las posiciones cerradas no conducen a nada, lo único que se consigue con ellas es la melancolía”

Han pasado 46 años desde la muerte de Franco. Hoy, en España, un sector no tan grande como ellos quisieran ni tan pequeño como quisieran los demócratas sigue defendiendo los valores de la dictadura. Entrevista.

Labour and the trade unions can unite people against a no-deal and push for a radically reformed, social Europe

The holding of the first referendum was the real boon to the far-right, and any outcome of the Article 50 process is one in which they gain ground. 

Turkey: the lion that the hyenas did not kill

The president of the Portuguese Judges Association published the following article about Turkish judge, Murat Arslan, in Público, here in English.

The Hungarian paradigm shift: how right-wing are Fidesz supporters?

It is clear that the Fidesz government is truly what the Hungarian people desire, their success not simply a matter of effective propaganda.

Venezuela – A rough road ahead

As a deep crisis unfolds in Venezuela, there is little informed analysis of what is going on and what the EU should do about it. Here’s ICG’s assessment, a part of its EU Watch List 2019. Español

Rethinking divorce: the rights of UK nationals are at risk

The PM alone made the decision to leave the EU on the basis of the referendum result: Article 50 was invoked before setting out what type of Brexit the country would pursue.

Let’s not crash out of or back into the EU: we need more time – a response to Yanis Varoufakis

Pushing away this fake deadline, which is effectively pointing a gun at the heads of the people of Britain, is extremely important, since it appears to control the entire political dynamics.

¿Qué municipalismo defendemos?

¿De qué estamos hablando exactamente a día de hoy cuando hablamos de “nuevo municipalismo” o “municipalismo transformador” tal como lo defienden las Ciudades sin miedo?. English.

Greek visiting hours: touring a debtors prison

“This transformation, which has simultaneously shut people out from meaningful participation in politics and destroyed the economic basis of their prosperity, can lead my country to fascism.”

As long as it lasts: Latvia’s new coalition government

The rapid emergence of KPV hints at the growing relevance of economic Euroscepticism for a new generation of ambitious, anti-establishment, parties in the crisis-ridden parts of the ‘new’ Europe.

Catalonia: the trial will be about our ideological freedom

"This case is not about proving that specific acts constitute an offence. It is about the deactivation of an independence movement and of its leadership."

National dialogue: post-Brexit, we need a UK-wide coming together

National dialogues operate outside the permanent institutions of government; moving beyond the Westminster bubble to listen to the communities who feel disconnected from government.

Can left nationalism stop the rise of the far-right in Germany?

Left-wing parties and movements across Europe employing anti-globalisation and anti-EU rhetoric are on the increase. In Germany, the new left movement Aufstehen has joined the trend.

Gilets Jaunes under attack

The Gilets Jaunes have arisen out of the profound inequality that is fracturing societies across Europe. It is against that inequality that leaders must take a strongman stance.

VOX and the Spanish Muslim community: the new “Reconquista” of Spain

This kind of explicit attack, unfortunately familiar in the wider European context we belong to, is something very recent on the Spanish political scene.

On the hollowness of the contemporary radical populist right and what to do about it

For decades, radical right-wing populism has been accompanied by a narrative warning of the fundamental threat these parties pose to liberal democracy. The effect has been close to zero.

Contrasting euroscepticisms in Croatia and Serbia

What are the implications for Serbia from Croatia’s experience throughout the course of its EU-membership?

Remainers! beware demographic arguments

We need to change minds with a positive message like DIEM25’s proposal of a European Green New Deal.

Democracy must be re-established in Europe

Call to engage in a continent-wide democratic debate on the deep crisis facing the European Union and how to overcome it.

Voting doesn’t build consensus – we need a People’s Debate

With a Damocles sword hanging over UK democracy, everyone is underestimating how many people they need to listen to or persuade for real progress to be made.

Pro-Europe and anti-EU? Reviewing the far right’s view of Europe

The far right’s claim to be attached to ‘Europe’, not the EU, suggests that ‘European identity’ may pose a challenge rather than an opportunity for the European Union.

Back with a vengeance? One year with the radical right in government in Austria

The FPÖ is successfully tilling the field for a radical right turn of Austria, and it seems unlikely that the party will be manipulated into moderation again by the conservative ÖVP.

France’s Great Debate

One in two French citizens want to participate in Macron’s Great Debate across the French nation. High stakes for Macron and French democracy. The rest of Europe will be watching. 

Can we please learn from history?

In their enthusiasm for a new cold war against China and Russia, the western establishments of today are making a mistake comparable to that of their forbears of 1914.

The fateful issue in Sweden’s autumn election was nuclear weapons

As we await the formation of the new Swedish government this week-end, one overriding issue and far too narrow an escape consumes the thoughts of an elder statesman.

How do we ensure that Project Hope overcomes Project Fear?

Caroline Lucas’s speech to The Convention: Think Anew, Act Anew, Another Vote is Possible, London, 11 January 2019

Terrorism policing: the YPG/YPJ, an ally abroad but a danger at home?

The erratic treatment members of the YPG/YPJ receive at the hands of Europe’s counterterrorism networks doesn’t look set to change in the near future.

Gentrification in Porto: will the city turn into a hotel?

Tourism is booming in Portugal, but so is housing speculation. Gentrification has been causing the displacement of the poor, a proliferation of hotels and shrinking public space.

Democracy is facing strong headwinds in 2019

Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration as president of Brazil marks the beginning of the political year. The redrawing of the world order currently under way is increasingly adverse to democracy. Español

Polarisation with no ideological solution in sight

The increasing political polarization, a problem of the entire western world, is based on misconceptions to which today's politicians find themselves without a solution.

Small-town feminist activism in Poland

On Monday, October 3, 2016 the landscape of social movements in Poland changed. What surprised many observers and academics was the distribution of protest events throughout the country.

Which municipalism? Let's be choosy

What exactly are we talking about when we refer to the “new municipalism” or “municipalist transformation” as defined by the Fearless Cities movement? Español.

White is the new black: populism and the academic alt-right

“It is our duty to expose this moral agenda for what it is, not by 'deplatforming' them – only adding victimisation to their already lavish arsenal – but through reasoned argument.”

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