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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

When Greece and Germany saw eye to eye

A look at Helmut Schmidt's little known but pivotal role in bringing Greece into the European Economic Community in 1981.

“The refugee problem is a presage of the great migrations of the twenty first century.”

This is an interview with Michel Foucault conducted by H.Uno, translated by R Nakamura for Shûkan posuto and published in August, 1979. In October, this timely if not prophetic text was translated from the French for openDemocracy by Colin Gordon.  

What is Holocaust commemoration for? - Remembering Kristallnacht

We must avoid using Holocaust commemorations solely to consign Judeophobia to an eternal yesterday. We must recall the Holocaust in order to warn the world about similar and ongoing antisemitism in our world today.

Parergon about "German power"

Thomas Fazi has replied to my article about EU federalism and the German Question. By way of reply, I elaborate on my initial position, while tackling related issues - German power, coercion, neoliberalism, power, class.

Memetic engineering: conspiracies, viruses and historical agency

Ideas, just like viruses or organisms, do not spontaneously generate, even if certain historical circumstances make the rise and spread of a given idea more likely.

A tragédia interminável do dia de Colombo

A celebração do Dia de Cristóvão Colombo não e aceitável. A colonização trouxe consigo uma imensa tragédia que há que começar a recordar. English. Español.

Orbán, Seehofer and the anti-immigration link

Why are the leaders of Hungary and Bavaria meeting up for talks in a German monastery?

EU federalism and the German Question

The primary problem in the EU is not German power, but the cross-border prevalence of the peculiar brand of euro-neoliberalism.

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.

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.

Time for nuclear sharing to end

You have to keep threatening to use nuclear weapons to make nuclear deterrence work. A view from Germany on the planned deployment of new US nuclear weapons.

Volkswagen's insider system isn't necessarily a bad system

The Volkswagen emission scandel ought to be condemned. However, with the weaknesses of the Anglo-American corporate model one should be careful not to dismiss Volkswagen's insider system of governance.

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."

Germany’s second turning point: long-term effects of the refugee crisis

Is the societal change that Germany now faces tantamount to die zweite Wende, or ‘second turning point’?

What neighbourhood and gentrification mean for Berlin immigrants

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

The poisoned chalice

Part two of the insider view of negotiations between Greece and the Eurogroup. When is a rescue not a rescue but a seizure of assets? Interview.

European values and the Arab world

Maged Mandour

EU politicians can promote 'European' values by stopping their support for autocratic regimes, and by starting to ask tough questions about radicalisation.

Protests of the marginalised: an interview

A glimpse of refugee movements in Berlin and Los Angeles. From the Squares and Beyond partnership.

The Brussels diktat: and what followed

Alexis Tsipras won the battle on a question of principle - the need for a new Europe - even if he lost the war that ensued. What are the implications for the Greek left and for Europe? (Long: 9,000 words) Français. Deutsch.

The decline and fall of the European Union: is it time to rip it up and start again?

There was no distinction in EU politics between friend and foe. Everything worked so nicely. But this was also the reason why nobody was greatly interested. This has definitely changed now. 

Germany's demographic challenge

Germany is by no means an unstoppable juggernaut, and the re-erection of trade barriers across the continent and a return to a strong Deutschmark would ravage the economy.

Some harsh truths for Germans, Greeks, and Europeans

As Greek-German antipathy threatens to tear Europe apart, a committed European - and Greek-German - challenges each of his nations' stubborn provincialisms to offer a vision for European reconciliation.

Young and European? We are Greece, we are the 99%

When will a true European democracy based on the people, not the states, finally emerge?

From a watery grave to a Berlin plot

This week the German group of activists and artists, the Centre for Political Beauty, announced that they would exhume the bodies of refugees who died in the Mediterranean Sea and bury them in Berlin.

Who can keep the German secret services in check?

Given the scope of BND-NSA cooperation, the German government can no longer ignore that the supervision of its intelligence services is in dire need of reform.

Special deal, root and branch reform or Brexit? Cameron’s EU-policy - a sceptical view from Germany

The concessions which Britain will be granted today in negotiations with Brussels and Berlin may well turn out to be self defeating in the long run, because they will marginalise Britain. 

Porous borders allow migrants into Germany. And?

Many are desperately trying to get into a country that’s perceived as Europe’s best. Politicians thrive in the petty-minded zeitgeist of those who noisily complain. Do true democrats need to worry?

Turkey is changing, and I am part of that change: an interview with filmmaker Fatih Akin

His new film The Cut directly confronts the Armenian genocide. We talk to acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin about genocide commemorations, the Turkish-German community, and what Turkey's notorious Article 301 is doing to debate.

Public and published opinion in Germany: obstacles for a Social Europe?

Even Angela Merkel herself seems convinced that she can only win elections as long as the people believe that the euro crisis is ‘managed well’ and will not cost them anything.

Where is another Europe now?

Europe either hangs together or - as the American revolutionaries liked to point out - the nations of Europe will be hanged separately.

NSA and the Stasi – a cautionary tale on mass surveillance

While the Stasi archive is overwhelming, today’s spies can gather far more information with a fraction of the effort. 

How the Pirates in Germany have lost their way

Is there any connection between the decline of the Pirate Party and the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany?

PEGIDA: a post-Nazist uprising?

Recent anti-Muslim demonstrations in Germany have fused right-wing chauvinism with Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and populism.

Mietbremse and Mindestlohn mean good news for Europe as a whole

Gentle controls on the property rental market and a fair general minimum wage in Germany will set a high democratic benchmark in Europe.

The failure of Germany's Russia policy

Germany's strategy towards Russia has gone so well that in the present crisis Vladimir Putin thinks he can be confident that Europe will not use force to defend Ukraine, and that the EU’s will to confront Russia through political means is also extremely fragile.

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