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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Reproductive rights on the move: refugee women in Greece struggle to access contraception

Half of female asylum-seekers in Europe are aged 18-34. With little control over their environments, how can they retain control over their bodies?

Turning the Macedonian tables: what if the solution to the identity issue is the basis for solving the name of the state?

Perhaps an identity-related distinction rather than a geographical one could resolve the dispute more swiftly and on a permanent basis?

The politics of feelings

A meditation on the ‘millennials’ and several of the discussions at Team Syntegrity 2017.

Punish the smuggler or reward the smuggler? Recent refugee arrivals in Greece

As its northern and western neighbours close their doors to asylum seekers through policies, borders and distance, Greece continues to welcome them to the best of its ability.

Seeking refuge in refugees

Glimpses of life in a Greek refugee camp through the diary of a young volunteer.

What could a multi-million euro arts festival offer struggling communities in Greece?

The world-class €37 million Documenta arts festival comes to Athens and brings challenging questions about art’s relevance amid economic and humanitarian crises.

Adults in the Room, by Yanis Varoufakis (London: The Bodley Head, 2017)

A lot, maybe the future of Europe, depends on how you read the opening conversation with Larry Summers in ‘one of the greatest political memoirs of all time.’ Theological review.

Finis Europae? Historical cycles and the rise of right wing populism

Why has Europe failed to inspire its citizens in a similar way to other ideas such as the nation, socialism or human rights? Here are some answers and some solutions.

It is time to move beyond the Dublin logic

Dublin IV is built on deterrence… the overriding imperative being to prevent asylum seekers from arriving spontaneously; and block them in the member state of first entry.

Building new solidarities between movements: insurrectionary politics of food autonomy in the city of Athens

Their insurrectionary politics of autonomy, such as food autonomy in Athens, is crucial for building new solidarities and emancipatory imaginaries within cities.

You can't evict a movement: a story of squatting and migration in Athens

An inside look at one of the most remarkable stories to come out of Greece's ongoing economic and refugee crisis - the intersection of the anarchist and migrant solidarity movements in Athens.

'Exiles in the Aegean': a year after the EU–Turkey deal

The EU-Turkey deal turns one year old on 18 March. Has it achieved its intended purpose? 

Τhe European challenge: unity, return to growth and the social pillar

The White Paper presented by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker a couple of weeks ago is proof of embarrassment and inaction.

Mr Draghi, what are you afraid of? Release #TheGreekFiles!

Join the campaign to demand that the ECB publish the legal opinion it commissioned on whether its closure of Greece’s banks in 2015 was… legal.

“No birthdays here”

For the forgotten children of the refugee crisis, school brings a transient normality to life in the camps.

Populism with no leaders: the rise of 'citizenism' and how to understand it

Is left-wing populism the best response to right-wing populism? An interview with Paolo Gerbaudo on 'citizenism' - the defining political movement of this generation. Español

Syriza and ANEL: a match made in Greece

Are we seeing the convergence of Syriza and their right-wing coalition partners, ANEL, into a single party?

Radical left strategies in the era of the collapse of 'Actually Existing Liberalism'

A few decades after the fall of ‘actually existing socialism’, we are experiencing the fall of ‘actually existing liberalism’, so to speak. How should the left approach this historical moment?

A Europe of two narratives

European institutions are not the home of rational debate that influences outcomes. But if the rules-are-rules narrative is not replaced it will lead to the break up of the Union.

How complementary currencies can save Europe

The Eurozone — "flawed at birth" — is failing its member states. As paper money declines in importance, it must embrace the digital revolution.

A solution for Greece is a solution for the Eurozone

The Eurozone has entered into the most perilous period since its establishment, and so the solution for the Greek case has to be crystal-clear. December’s Eurogroup should deliver a message of unity and collaboration.

The defeat of inclusionary populism in Greece: what happens next?

The neo-colonial logic of the EU has helped trigger the formation of inclusionary populism in Greece once again. But it is no clearer for any populists in power how to implement radical policies.

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

Greece still has political life beyond austerity. But what kind of life is it?

As the Greek government cosies up to the church and right-wing forces become more extreme, human rights and national stability are coming under increasing threat.

What “the biggest trial of fascist criminality since Nuremberg” means for the future of Greece

Slow progress has been made on Greece’s most important criminal trial to date but the outcome will determine a lot.

Why protesting Obama after Trump's victory makes so much sense

Trump is the logical culmination of a culture: the narrator of a democratic apparatus that has come to conceal itself behind the mother of all TV shows: the US Presidency.”

Que futuro tem a coesão do sul da Europa?

O projecto de um fórum do sul da Europa é uma ideia necessária. É por isso surpreendente que o encontro entre os países do Sul tenha suscitado pouco interesse dentro e fora de portas. English

What does the future hold for Southern Europe?

The idea of a southern European forum is very much needed. Surprisingly, a summit  of the incumbent nations sparked little interest both within and outside the countries in question. Português

"We don’t have a refugee crisis. We have a housing crisis."

With national and European governments in gridlock, the cities themselves have decided to bypass the state level altogether and forge ahead with some very innovative solutions to the crises facing Europe today.

The geopolitics of Trumpology

A look at the curious emergence of pro-Trumpism among the far-right parties of Greece, Hungary and Estonia.

Small, illegal refugee paradise

Hotel “Oniro” is a better option for a fugitive life away from homelessness and another decent station for some Syrian refugees in Greece.

European cities to launch ‘Solidarity Cities’ in Athens, working together to receive and integrate refugees

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, held in Athens on October 17, will launch the “Solidarity Cities” initiative to provide a common platform for city-to-city mutual assistance and advocacy for migrant-friendly policies across the EU.

...the reply

Yanis Varoufakis responds to Alexis Cukier and Patrick Surain, who challenged him on his time as Greek finance minister, the feasibility of reforming existing EU structures, and a left-wing exit from the EU. Read 'the challenge' here.

The challenge...

An open letter to Yanis Varoufakis, on democracy, debt, banks and currency. Read Varoufakis' reply here.

Greece stands firm towards changing the course of Europe

The European Union is faced with a huge existential crisis, probably the most serious one in its history, as a result of the neoliberal policies that have been pursued during the last decade.

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