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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The world comes closer together as it falls apart

People living under unjust administrations hope for an open world and membership in the global club of humanity, infusing the wilting, erstwhile European notion of global citizenship with new aspirations and purpose.

Why you should know about Germany's new surveillance law

The controversial law allows government authorities to install a malware, the so-called ‘state trojan’, on smartphones, tablets and computers during a criminal investigation.

The New York Declaration on refugees: one year on

The New York Declaration called for states to ease pressure on less-developed countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia that host the most refugees.

The curtain falls on the occupation of Berlin’s historic Volksbühne

" It means stage of the people and that’s what it is supposed to be. It has never really been that.”

Russian-Germans and the surprising rise of the AfD

The right-populist AfD party is soon to take its first seats in the Bundestag. What was the role of Germany’s Russians in that unprecedented electoral success? RU, Deutsch

The Islamophobia industry

The prevalence of Islamophobia in liberal discourse is part of the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-migrant racism that many believe to be the territory of the far right. Book review.

The eternal Chancellor

Is Germany ready for a new ‘social contract’, more adequate to the global age? Or does it want to continue under the comfortable protection of a reassuring Mutti?

The day after the vote in Düsseldorf

Everybody knows that something has changed – even here.

G20 – they colonized our future

G20 forecasting prolongs the infinite growth paradigm into the future, while G20 backcasting draws strategic conclusions for present action leaving the paradigm still intact.

On the eve of the German elections, Alternative für Deutschland prevails on Twitter

Populist parties have a higher capacity to exploit digital arenas to boost and propagate their slogans and influence the political agenda. This should not be underestimated by mainstream political forces.

What is peacebuilding? Ask the public

This International Peace Day a striking 84% of people in the UK, US and Germany agree that ‘human beings have the right to live in peace: free from conflict’.

German elections 2017: 8 proposals for Germany's progressives

Germany needs new narratives and policy agendas in order to energise a new politics across Europe – a politics which will reflect the common interest of the majority of Europeans.

A new leftist narrative is required

In discussion with Nancy Fraser on identity politics, social justice and an emergent anti-Trump coalition.

What happened in Hamburg?

Police and protests meet at the G20: a litmus test for freedom.

Violence from the future: on the logics of the G20 state of emergency

Chaotic crowds, like natural disasters or terrorism, are perceived as ultimate threats. The excesses of the resulting strategies of preemption became obvious during the G20 summit.

Aristides de Sousa Mendes: a light in the dark

Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.   

Hamburg G20 protests and alternative futures

We must use such a protest event as an opportunity to open up new horizons of political strategy on different scales, to expand counter-institutions and social solidarity.

Democracy in the age of Macron

What European democracies have lacked most, since at least the 1980s, is high-profile political vision.

Hamburg transformed itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit

On July 7-8 the G20 Summit took place in Hamburg. The city’s authorities plan to transform it into a democracy-free zone of complete surveillance, enforced by paramilitary means. We wrote the open letter below to the Senate of Hamburg to protest.

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

Women as wartime rapists: a new book explores 'the impossible'

Academic Laura Sjoberg argues that our gendered assumptions about sexual violence in conflict limit our understanding of these crimes.

What role is Germany playing in the European Union and what is meant by “Multi-Speed Europe”?

Yanis Varoufakis explains Germany's role in the European Union and what we should take into account when we hear the term "multi-speed" Europe. (Video, 4 mins)

Merkel, Macron and the future of the EU

The results will tell us whether or not we are witnessing a historical shake-up of the French political scene. Meanwhile, pragmatism is what is needed both in Berlin and Paris.

Turkey’s presidential referendum and the (not so) curious case of the Turkish diaspora in Europe

Maybe it is time Europe looked at itself in the mirror and started discussing why more and more people, including Europeans, are walking away from the much-vaunted “liberal European values”.

Restoring the Franco-German leadership of the EU

Britain for one is quite unprepared for the ultimate project of the new French president: the restoration of Franco-German leadership in Europe.

From across the world together against the G20: an open letter to the people of Hamburg

“So we ask you to open your city to us, not to be scared but to welcome us when we come to raise our collective voice for social equality, freedom and democracy.”

“Our programme is called reality”: rain on the Rue Nationale

Beyond the French elections, how much ‘business as usual’ can French and German voters take?

Red lines: can we be sure that Assad was responsible?

Why has the mainstream media reported Assad’s guilt as a fact and failed to address the crucial question of why he deliberately shot himself in the foot – twice?

The Turkish referendum and Bild

A tale of two deep states?

Human rights after Hitler: and the essential role of the global popular

A timely and groundbreaking book breaks the silence over a little-known UN agency operating between 1943 and 1948, the UNWCC – a key chapter in our war-time experience. Excerpts.

Does Turkey’s ongoing purge resemble the 1933 Enabling Act in Nazi Germany?

In both cases, through democratic processes authoritarian rule is imposed on a previously fairly democratic country.

Time for the west to fight for the exiled

Today’s autocrats are displaying a growing audacity in their willingness to pursuing dissenters everywhere, blatantly disregarding national boundaries in the process.

Israel’s invisible refugees

We often think of the Refugees Welcome culture as a ‘European’ phenomenon, but an exchange between German and Israeli civil society shows the value of turning our eyes outwards towards global examples of solidarity and support.

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. 

Adhocracy helps create a future of political engagement

For us, it is already a democratic achievement if you have the possibility to participate.

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