This week's editor

James Ron

James Ron hosts this week's openGlobalRights theme: public opinion and human rights.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Greferendum - once upon a time in Europe democracy broke out

The revolt is real against authoritarianism, whatever the outcome of the referendum.

The symbolism of NO in Greece

Why getting Greeks to vote NO may be easier than getting them to vote YES.


Why I will be voting NO in Sunday's Greek referendum

In its essence, Sunday's question is one of dignity and our lives from this point on.

Moving beyond the squares: anticipating the debate

On July 3-4, the LSE will jointly host a seminar with openDemocracy on the impact of the movements in the squares from 2011 onwards. Do they contribute to the democratic renewal of our democracies and if so how? A conversation.

The geopolitical implications of Europe’s debt crisis

Up until very recently, geopolitics was one of the most unpopular and outdated intellectual concepts in contemporary Europe. The eurocrisis has changed that.

Referendum and democracy: putting the demos on stage

The referendum takes the lesson of the squares to the heart of politics. The stakes are high: Greek destiny, the future of the European Union and of democracy is on the line.

Fomenting unnecessary alarmism (or why the scenarios of a “civil war” in Greece are unfounded)

Claims that the situation in Greece may escalate into a 'civil war' misunderstand the nature of modern Greek society.

Straightening Europe’s crooked timber into a democratic eurozone

Opposition to the direction of the Eurozone can be expressed through national democracies, for example through the election of Syriza, but this is now an inadequate form of political representation.

A turning point for Greece and Europe

There is still some space to avoid this worst-case scenario. And to listen to the reasons of Alexis Tsipras and of Greece - that are the reasons of democracy, in Athens as in Europe.

Actually existing Europe

How is it that Greek PM, Tsipras, who tries to relieve the suffering of his people, is a less acceptable EU negotiation partner than Viktor Orbán?

Refugees in the centre of Athens

A red line is crossed when you start thieving from refugees in order to survive or feed your addiction. ‘We can only survive as human beings through our solidarity.’ There is nothing else.

Greece’s proposals to end the crisis: my intervention at the Eurogroup

We are never going to ask you to subsidise our state, our wages, our pensions, our public expenditure. The Greek state lives within its means.

ERT: the inside story of Greece's free speech experiment

The inside story of ERT - the Greek public broadcaster shut down by the former government, which kept broadcasting in a show of defiance, and was finally re-launched by Syriza last week.

Grexit: end of the illusion

The negotiations between the Troika and Greece are a sham. Greek submission to the neoliberal EU project or forced exit was the Troika game plan from the moment Syriza formed a government.

Are Syriza progressive reformers or cynical populists?

Syriza's approach to both European and domestic issues has shown the party more interested in power and self-preservation than in reform.

The people united: on the populism of the Mediterranean purple wave

The populist discourse of Podemos and Syriza is the attempt to cope with a post-industrial and crisis-ridden economy in which traditional class identifications fail to mobilise the electorate.

What is a University and what does it need?

Greece needs a radical overhaul of its corrupt University system. The creation of autonomous University Councils, such as those in the UK where I teach, would be a good step towards this.

What Greece's creditors should know

Syriza cannot and will not default on its people by stopping paying wages and pensions. If matters come to a head, it will default on its creditors because democratic principles are not negotiable.

Golden Dawn: organising, encouraging, sustained by violence

Sixty nine members of Golden Dawn are currently on trial in Greece for serious crimes. Can it really be mere coincidence that so many Golden Dawn members are implicated in such serious and violent offences?

Deficits in the EU that should worry Europeans

In Greece for the first time the EU authorities demand a government complete a programme that it has neither designed nor has a democratic mandate to implement.

Solidarity and work: what are the prospects for Greece?

Alain Supiot and Emilios Christodoulidis discuss the questions of solidarity and the protection of work in Greece. Français.

Solidarité et travail: quelles perspectives pour la Grèce?

Alain Supiot et Emilios Christodoulidis discutent des questions de la solidarité et de la protection du travail en Grèce. English.

A ’different’ commemoration of Russia’s Victory Day: reporting from Thessaloniki, Greece (9 May 2015)

Does the ostentatious celebration of Russia's victory in the Great Patriotic War, which took place in Thessaloniki last week, tell us anything about the state of Russophilia in Greece?

Negotiating the Greek public debt: wrong finance minister was fired

Expenditure reduction leads to falling household incomes, contraction in public services and a rising incidence of poverty, all without progress toward the professed goal, reduction in the nominal public debt.

Hypocrisies and cruelties on the frontier of Fortress Europe

For many refugees, it is only the smugglers who can get them into and then out of Greece. All other legitimate and safe channels are cut off. For the smugglers, many of whom are poor, income from the refugees means that they can survive.

Crisis and reform: obstacles and possibilities for Greece and Europe

If the Greek government seems honest in its intentions to co-operate with the partners for a “mutually beneficial agreement”, the “working together for reform” rhetoric is hypocritical on the part of the EU institutions.

No signal: what is wrong with Greek media today?

The fourth power is in dire straits, having seen a 50-place-drop in the annual World Press Freedom Index. It is now in 99th place, with only Bulgaria lower among EU members.

Surveillance, migrant deaths and humanitarianism in the Mediterranean

Smugglers are not the cause of migration; they are the consequences of the EU’s expanding border surveillance regime. The EU should concentrate on saving migrants from this regime.

A very European coup

This is why Syriza's negotiating strategy has to play to the European gallery and not just to the suits in the conference room. The aim is to persuade people to put pressure on their own governments or change them in the coming elections.

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.

SYRIZA provides an opportunity that is only given once in every generation

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, discusses debt cancellation, EU reform and what a Syriza victory means for the anti-austerity movement in Europe.

Press-clipping the Tsipras-Putin meeting: the early impressions

How did the Greek press react to the recent Tsipras-Putin meeting in Moscow?

Of Trojan horses and realpolitik: The Tsipras-Putin meeting and its broader implications

Today Alexis Tsipras will sit down in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin. This meeting has been dogged by controversy and has led many to wonder: what exactly do Russia and Greece hope to gain from this encounter?

The European Union and the radical Left

What should the attitude of the European Union be towards the rise of the radical Left?

The last of the Papandreous?

During elections for change - and the first Greek Parliament for 92 years without a Papandreou in it - Adam Ramsay spoke with former scion of the Greek ruling class, George Papandreou.

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