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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editor assistant at openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The united German extreme right

Chemnitz shows how collaboration across three rightwing sectors is a recipe for disaster, as the extreme right understands very well.

The lessons of the World Cup for our victim culture

If these rebels hadn’t somehow found the courage to strike out in bold, new and, frankly, dangerous directions, we would all be the poorer for it.

Endgames in Germany: bringing down Merkel

The CSU's position is weak – but unfortunately, not weak enough to not bring down Angela Merkel.

Protesters hear echoes of the past in Germany’s new police laws

The hollowing out of this constitutional firewall represents a weakening of a legal structure born directly out of the German experience of state fascism.

Why Germany neither can nor should pay more to save the eurozone

 “I wanted a Germany that was hegemonic and efficient, not authoritarian and caught up in a European Ponzi scheme. That was in 2013.” Excerpt from the Munich Seminar.

Germany's falling crime rates show the left should drop identity politics

AfD is a far-right party which has drawn a lot of strength over the past five years by banging on about how unsafe German streets have become.

German social democrats have alienated their base and fractured Europe

Unable to generate a domestic consensus and powerless to counter the priorities dictated by the euro, social democracy must continue to fail at home while divisions among EU nations deepen.

Darkest Hour: another film about 1940

Is this film any better at history than Dunkirk? Does it matter when you have such a multi-faceted central character as this ‘real war leader ’? Review.

Gassing and selective applications of a ‘Red Line’: lest we forget

The gassing of people is considered exceptionally inhumane, officially a categorical “red line” dividing good from evil. This belief now threatens to trigger an escalation with unpredictable consequences.

The guilt, dignity and pedagogy of shamelessness

For centuries, Europe’s Christians have shut Jews behind ghetto walls. Now, Polish Christians intend to shut the voice of Jewish suffering into a ghetto of silence behind a legal wall.

Austrian passports for South Tyroleans are fine – or almost so

There is one thing calculated to diffuse Europe's nationalisms: the feeling a person can have – or develop over time – of belonging to more than one country.

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

Appropriation and de-politicization: the uncomfortable discussion on Umm Kulthum in Berlin

An open letter about intellectual and artistic spaces being used to quash a side of the debate, to delegitimize voices and valid criticism instead of engaging in much needed intellectual debates.

Are we living through a new “Weimar era”? Constructive resolutions for our future

It has been argued that progressives should drop the 1930’s analogy altogether, on the grounds that this risks identifying the threat posed to democratic societies as inherent in the very demos itself.

Germany’s dystopian plans for Europe: from fantasy to reality?

For Germany, the idea of Europeanism has provided the country’s elites with the perfect alibi to conceal their hegemonic project behind the ideological veil of 'European integration'. Ελληνικά.

Safe spaces, bagpipes and houmous

“This is the safe space I was talking about… a totally open space people can feel safe in, because stories are shared, barriers are broken and everyone is welcome.”

Change in a consensual way

“Because often when it comes to politics, I am sort of a leader. But here I was a follower: and it was a good experience.” An interview on thoughts arising from Team Syntegrity 2017.

Are cities the key agents of integration?

While helping others is a powerful motivation in the early stage of migrants’ and refugees’ arrival, it is not a good basis for genuine integration. Institutions should help refugees build social capital and agency in their cities.

German-Turkish tensions in a collapsing Jamaica coalition

While the Turkish narrative in the close-alliance-cum-uneasy-stand-off between Germany and Turkey remained constant over the past decade, momentous changes have now occurred to the German political system.

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.   

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