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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Natural borders, beware a dangerous idea

Whatever borders follow the ongoing violence and war, they must under no circumstances be ‘natural’. 

Idomeni: a devil’s game

The most important and most asked question in Idomeni is, what is the West waiting for? Your agreement with Turkey does not handle our cause. The Europeans are using us to scare other refugees away.

Yanis Varoufakis, And the Weak Suffer what they Must? Book review.

This book is not just illuminating. It is a call to moral awakening and to intelligent, determined and humane political action.

AthensLive: new, independent and crowdfunded media for Greece

Nothing like this has existed in Greece before. The political elite has controlled Greek media for years, and clientelism has only worsened with six years of economic crisis.

Trapped in the new Greek archipelago with no way out

According to the UNHCR, some 46,000 refugees are stranded in mainland Greece - trapped in an archipelago of camps that stretches from the northern borderlands to Athens.

Human rights for Martians

The human rights movement can be seen as the ongoing but failing struggle to close the gap between the abstract man of the Declarations and the empirical human being. Has it succeeded? Yes and no.

The EU-Turkey deal: unjust and short-sighted

Sending citizens who are fleeing one authoritarian regime to another authoritarian regime will only result in more anger, frustration and extremism in the years to come.

2016 will be remembered as the EU's year of shame

2016 will be remembered as the year in which the European Union definitively broke the civilisation pact on which it was founded after the Second World War.

Portugal: there is intelligent life beyond austerity

Portugal appears to be saying goodbye to an implacable crisis. Beyond its shaky economic recovery, the political and social relevance of the current ongoing debate on austerity should be acknowledged. Português Español

Portugal: hay vida inteligente más allá de la austeridad

Portugal parece estar dejando atrás una crisis implacable. Más allá de una recuperación económica inestable, es importante fijarse en la relevancia política y social del actual debate sobre la austeridad. English Português

The EU must not leave Greece to solve the migration crisis

Still, the boats come. Detention, as a solution to this, would have to be on a scale hitherto unimaginable in the EU. We need alternatives, and migrants need to be part of them.

The idea you can skip the nation-state is dangerous

DiEM25, the movement to democratize the European Union, is urged to rethink its approach, taking events of the last two years properly into account. Interview.

Muros de odio y temor, en Europa

Necesitamos fronteras, pero éstas no tienen por qué ser barricadas. English

European walls of hate and fear

We do need borders – but these needn’t be barricades. Español

Cities of refuge

The 1951 Geneva Convention on Political Asylum was a typical creation of the Cold War: the system cannot deal with the huge population flows now permanently characteristic of our world.

Reasons for leaving: refugee stories from Samos

The term ‘economic migrant’ has been a key weapon in the authorities’ war against refugees, yet it hides much more than it reveals.

The ‘SYRIZA experience’: lessons and adaptations

SYRIZA did what the traditional way of doing politics dictates: supported social movements, built alliances, won a majority in the parliament, formed a government. We all know the results.

Who cares for the refugees?

Refugee welfare infrastructures are run thanks to self-organised, spontaneous social activists: not by the receivers of EU aid packages.

Dispatch from the Balkans

It is guarantees of safe passage and access to asylum that are crucial, not border fortifications. We must respect the universal basic right to seek asylum.

"This is not a time for splitting up, but for convergence." An interview with Zoe Konstantopoulou

The former Speaker of the Greek Parliament discusses her time in Syriza, the importance of a Plan B for Europe, and Grexit vs Brexit. Interview.

Upside down Athens

The transformation of Victoria Square in Athens is emblematic of the new model of top-down control of populations that Europe is moving towards.

Press conference: DiEM25 launched by Yanis Varoufakis and Srecko Horvat

The Democracy in Europe Movement 25 was launched by Yanis Varoufakis at the Volksbühne in Berlin on February 9. Here is a video of the press conference which preceded it.

Yanis Varoufakis, los orígenes de la crisis económica en Europa y en el mundo

acTVism Munich entrevista en este video a Yanis Varoufakis, el economista y político griego mundialmente conocido por su oposición a las políticas de austeridad de la Troika. English

Christmas on Lesvos – a man-made disaster

This former detention centre outside the port of Mytilini is possibly the only detention facility in the world that people are trying to get into.

Legal dehumanising: on the arrest of refugee solidarity activists

Greek anti-trafficking legislation, which applies to traffickers and solidarity-motivated volunteers alike, reflects the current trend in Europe: refugees are dehumanised and treated as objects to be managed by the state. 

An open letter to Yanis Varoufakis from the movements - and his reply

"Dear Yanis, a couple of weeks ago, you issued an invitation for the founding of a Pan-European movement against austerity. Since then, I’ve been thinking to respond to you about this in an open letter."

Syriza one year on: what happened to the radical left dream in Greece?

In the year since they came to power, Syriza have all but capitulated on their radical economic program. But what happened to other 'leftist' issues such as church-state relations, minority rights and the military?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: a new leader with an old name

Why did New Democracy members choose the socially liberal son of a former prime minister as the leader of their party, and of the political opposition to Syriza?

The refugee question in Europe: 'south' vs 'east'

The refugee crisis has triggered a diplomatic row between Greece and certain 'new' member-states from Central and Eastern Europe. What does this tell us?

"A Gramscian party in a non-Gramscian world." An interview with Paul Mason

#ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series that sets out to ‘tell the story of how the European Union destroyed the first radical left government in modern history’, premiered on Tuesday. An interview.

Idomeni, Grécia – sem saída

O campo de refugiados de Idomeni foi, durante as últimas três semanas, o epicentro do conflito da entrada dos refugiados na Europa. A distinção feita na fronteira entre migrantes e refugiados fez a violência escalar. English

Idomeni, Greece – dead end

Idomeni refugee camp was,over the last three weeks, the epicentre of the refugee crisis in Europe. The growing violence in the camp arose from the closure of the border.  Português.

The Eurozone crisis and the future of Europe, as viewed from Greece

As new rulers (and their voters) gradually realize that austerity cannot be simply voted out of existence, or prosperity into existence, the prevailing mood is that of a bad hangover.

Boats in the night

"Even if we didn’t do a perfect job, we could do something together. It would be better than nothing and certainly better than the absence of support offered by our governments".

The will of Idomeni

The individuals stuck in Greece have begun a hunger strike, their determination challenging the arbitrary distinction between refugees and migrants. How long must they sit there?

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