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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brexit and France: a divorce by mutual consent?

Every country, just like any individual, has to live with its own mess and pay the price for it.

Why Macron should give us hope of democratic renewal in France

François Fillon’s (LR) entanglements in corruption scandals and Benoît Hamon’s (PS) strategy to court the votes of the far left have helped Macron to emerge as the strongest candidate.

'More royal than the king': an encounter with French Zionism

The fabrication of lies and false accusations to intimidate their opponents is only to be expected from those willing to legitimize killing and torture in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Breaking France’s addiction to its state of emergency

Human Rights Watch’s own research has found repeated abuses against ordinary people during policing operations under emergency powers.

Post-'Jungle' racist policing in Calais

A witness account of a small sample of the ongoing police racism that is playing out all over Calais every day, since the eviction of the ‘Jungle’. Two hours. Seventeen people of colour detained. Nine arrested.

The Kiron family

We revisit the social start-up that gives refugees access to higher education, meeting a 24 yr.old Syrian beneficiary and a Kiron co-founder, both of whom’s future plans build on this ingenious scheme. Interview. 

Surviving sociology in Egypt and elsewhere

Strangely, although nationalism is a pervasive social phenomenon with immense effects everywhere in the world, it’s not a central preoccupation of sociology or any of the dominant social science disciplines. Interview.

COP21: the climate movement’s last summit?

In Paris, by trying to lift off ‘planet summit’, its gravity became truly noticeable for the first time.

"El futuro de Europa está en nuestras manos: nosotros, los del 89, tenemos que defenderlo."

Los jóvenes europeos deben protagonizar el diseño del futuro de Europa, ya que en última instancia recaerá sobre ellos la defensa de una sociedad abierta, tolerante y liberal. Entrevista. English Português

“O futuro da Europa está nas nossas mãos: nós, a geração de 89, temos que defendê-lo”.

Os jovens europeus devem assumir a liderança da Europa, uma vez que recairá sobre eles a responsabilidade de defender uma sociedade aberta, tolerante e liberal. Entrevista. English Español

"Europe's fate is in our hands: we, the 89ers, must defend it."

Young Europeans must assume a leading role in charting Europe's future, as it will ultimately fall on them to defend an open, tolerant and liberal society. Interview. Español Português

Europeans should be excited about Benoît Hamon winning the French presidency

From his calls for universal income to his ideas on how to make France’s parliament more representative, Benoît’s candidacy embodies the progressive, democratic values we hold at DiEM25.

My 350 on Donald Trump: on remembering November 8, 2016

Remember, remember the 8th of November, OR, the relevance of V for Vendetta in our troubled political times…

Fillon is a harsh austerian: on Sunday, Europeans need Juppé instead

Anti-Islam and pro-Russia, anti-LGBT and pro-Thatcher. If François Fillon wins France's right-wing primary, it will be Europe who loses.

“Together tomorrow” (Ensemble Demain): an intergenerational and intercultural programme of education

Together Tomorrow is an intergenerational project unique in Europe. It was selected as nationally innovative by the Ministry of Education in France.

Post-neoliberalism and the politics of sovereignty

The crisis of neoliberal globalisation has made the issue of sovereignty the centre of contemporary political discourse. If the Left is to conquer post-neoliberal hegemony it has to construct a progressive view of sovereignty.

A Europe united against refugees

Hungary may have been first to literally wall off some of its frontiers, but its example has since been copied, by the French and the British. Francais.

Solidarity is a political struggle: free and forced mobility between Italy and France

Recent European migratory policies and practices are determined to push people back out of Europe. How do activists use international solidarity to combat this in Marseille?

From "wear what you want" to reclaiming freedom, equality and solidarity

City activists across Europe have thrown beach parties against France’s burkini ban and the abuse of laïcité as a justification for the crackdown.

Defending the indefensible: France, the burkini affair and the further mainstreaming of racism

Listening to these women is unnecessary; the country of the Rights of Man knows best what's best for them.

Burkinis accepted: for a poor woman scrubbing France’s floors

The woman on the beach in her human quest to be visible, had the grace, understandably, to be bewildered. A large swathe of your citizens are bewildered, France. The world is bewildered, France.

The 'Burkini Battle': France’s capitulation to extremism

Reduced to symbols of national identity, women are caught in the center of a tug-of-war in which any amount of violence, of coercion and regulation of their bodies is justified in order to win the battle.

The burkini as a mirror

Unless we are willing to live with the discomfort of what is different and challenging, we are inviting a world of needless incivilities and lack of understanding.

July 18, 2016, Bourdieu and France

Where are Durkheim and Bourdieu when we need them?

Of density, banality and terror

Nice’s promenade follows on a long string of attacks against the dense and the banal: against the overlooked ordinary that comprises our daily existence.

ISIS delenda est

The harsh Roman response to the Carthage problem is not adequate to address the threat of terrorist groups in this era.

Brexit: a dismantling moment

We have reached a turning point with an uncertain outcome, in which the British and European dimensions are two sides of the same coin.

Paris after Orlando: gay prisoners of racial prejudice

This erasure by journalists and politicians has highlighted the lasting homophobia of French society. It served also as a reminder of how fragile the tenuous progress made for gay rights is.

Death, Rocard and the demise of European social democracy

The Big Tent model has given way to a fight to the finish between ideologues and pragmatists, both further and further away from the “People” they are supposed to represent. 

A French elegy for the UK

Referenda are a populist gimmick drafted to unite as many people as possible on a single issue. They work when leaders are popular and voters vote for the messenger.

Spring in the Jungle, after the fire

The author returns to the Calais Jungle to find Nature covering old wounds, and governments causing new ones

Defending democracy, reinventing the left

Representative democracy can only strengthen if it resorts to more participatory and deliberative mechanisms, a new generation of public action built on co-construction.

What does an anti-Semitic party look like in Europe today?

As Britain debates antisemitism and the left, support for populist right-wing parties using hardline anti-Semitic messages is growing across the continent. 

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.

"Nuit debout": el regreso de los indignados en París

Lo que distingue a un movimiento social de cualquier otro tipo de mobilización es que no se centra en una reclamación específica, sino que cuestiona algunos de los valores centrales de una sociedad. English Português

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