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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will MeRA25 bring the bright day that Greece has been waiting for?

Why should Europeans care, more than vicariously, about a new Greek political party this time around? A French perspective.

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

Re-igniting political polarisation in Greece: the ‘liberal’ opposition’s turn to the right and the challenges for democracy

What is often ignored across Europe is the mainstreaming of nationalism and nativism, the legitimization of illiberal and indeed of anti-democratic ideas and practices by established ‘moderate’ political forces.

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

The power play behind the FYROM dispute

With Tsipras hoping to become a 'Bismarck of the Balkans', this dispute is a political tool for parties from all sides of the spectrum and is a clear indication of nationalist sentiment.

Macedonia and rightwing banality: history as myth machine

In Thessaloniki this January a libertarian squat was burnt down during a “march for Macedonia”. Who was marching ? Was it inevitable that its slogans ended up being nationalist or fascist?

Golden Dawn Girls documentary gives new voice to women in Greece's far-right elite

Why would women connected to leaders of the extreme nationalist party invite documentary cameras into their homes, around their dinner tables, and inside party headquarters? RU

Let’s not ‘politicise’: let’s skill

"We are very aware, when it comes to the whole Greek experience, that one of the problems the political left faces is … what it means to be able to implement your own ideas."

Combatting loss: refugees, employment and social entrepreneurship in Turkey

Turkey, at the crossroads of refugee flows, hosts 3.4 million refugees, while not granting them refugee status but a state of exception. Hospitality and hostility go hand in hand.

Western Thrace: where your way of life is governed by a hundred year old treaty

I don’t know if the Treaty of Lausanne is anachronistic. I am, however, certain that what needs to be revised is the anchoring of people to the Treaty in order to claim equal and free lives.

The European Left in times of crises: lessons from Greece

The prospect of government did not generate or impose novel thinking, practices, or behaviours within the Greek left.

Kafka in Greece: a struggle against tax bureaucracy

Faced with Greece's near-impossible loan repayments, the country's Tax Authority is using highly dubious methods to create the illusion of a budget surplus - and it is ordinary Greeks who are paying the price.

'It's a sense of adventure' - How Vouliwatch is reinventing politics in Greece

Vouliwatch is a new online platform which is revolutionising politics in Greece by introducing transparency and accountability into the country's parliament. Can it work elsewhere?

One more time with feeling, in Athens

Nick Cave's fearlessness in visiting darkness makes the light shine brighter.

Shadowboxing over the Greek Civil War

Both the Greek government and the opposition have resorted to the usual shadowboxing over Greece's Civil War past. What a shame they aren't more focused on the country's future.

Should we close our worlds? Or open them out?

Cities need an overarching, positive narrative that binds all people to where they live, and where day to day behaviour and activities connect well with civic life. Interview. 

“If the company wants the pipeline to pass through our region, it will first have to pass over our bodies.”

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) crosses highly fertile agricultural land in northeast Greece. We travelled to Greece in June to speak to farmers and residents about their protests and peaceful action to block the construction of the pipeline.

Winterization in Kara Tepe camp, Lesvos

Depending so highly on a single donor makes UNHCR the operational arm of the EU’s shortsighted policies. This is the third winter for UNHCR in Greece...

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?

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