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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The good student of Europe at a dead-end

As Portugal goes to the polls, there's a hunger for something new, something that comes across as genuine and yet pragmatic, not just the old political blah-blah-blah.

¿Por qué no hay un Syriza en Portugal?

Al contrario que en Grecia o en España, en Portugal ni la crisis, ni las duras medidas de austeridad han supuesto cambios importantes en el sistema de partidos. ¿Por qué? English. Português.

Por que não há um Syriza em Portugal?

Ao contrário que na Grécia ou em Espanha, em Portugal a crise e as medidas de austeridade draconianas que lhe seguiram não provocaram mudanças importantes no sistema partidário. Por quê? English. Español.

Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why? Português. Español

Refugee crisis in Europe: remember Latin America

This is not only a European crisis but a global one, and it should be approached as such, involving nations throughout the world in its solution. As it did in the past, Latin America can give a hand. Português. Español

Crisis de refugiados en Europa. Recordad América Latina.

Esta crisis no es sólo europea, sino global. Debemos tratarla como tal, involucrando a naciones de todo el mundo en su solución. Como hiciera en el pasado, América Latina puede ayudar. English. Português.

Crise de refugiados na Europa: recordando a América Latina

Esta não é apenas uma crise Europeia, mas global, e que deve ser abordado como tal, envolvendo as nações de todo o mundo na sua solução. À semelhança do que fez no passado, a América Latina pode contribuir. English, Español

Financiemos un barco salvavidas

Quizás los ciudadanos reaccionen antes que el Estado: People’s Armada (Flota Popular) ha lanzado una operación de crowdfunding para costear una nueva embarcación para operaciones de búsqueda y rescate en el Mediterráneo. Por favor, aportad generosamente. English. Português.

Financiemos uma embarcação de resgate

Provavelmente as pessoas reagirão de forma mais rápida que o estado: a Frota Popular está a financiar coletivamente uma embarcação para levar a cabo missões de busca e salvamento no Mediterrâneo. Por favor contribua generosamente. English. Español.

A solução “Portuguesa” e a Grécia

Portugal, segundo o que se entende pelas palavras do seu primeiro-ministro, orgulha-se de ter contribuído para uma decisão que supõe um golpe à soberania Grega em detrimento do sonho Europeu. English. Español

La vía portuguesa no vale para Grecia

Portugal, según se desprende de las palabras de su primer-ministro, se enorgullece de haber contribuido a una decisión que supone un golpe a la soberanía griega, en detrimento del sueño Europeo. English. Português.

The Portuguese way is not the way for Greece

Portugal, as its Prime Minister says, is proud to have contributed to an agreement that has dealt the last blow to Greece’s sovereignty at the expense of the European dream. Español, Português

Scandal and silence in Lisboa

I am not an “austerity refugee”, the author tells our partners, Precarious Europe. In fact, my family has had a role to play in the suffering of millions of Portuguese workers.

Europe adjusting the noose around its neck

Steadfast, chins high, and completely oblivious to the momentous changes happening around it, the ossified political mainstream of Europe is marching towards the abyss.

Why these European elections matter for Portugal

As Portugal celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, the Portuguese must decide what role they want to play in Europe. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

How to be a rogue superpower

It hardly matters under what label - including American “safety” and “security” - such a governing power is built; sooner or later, the architecture will determine the acts, and it will become more tyrannical at home and more extreme abroad.  Thank your lucky stars that Edward Snowden made the choices he did.

Populism, anti-populism and European democracy: a view from the South

Isn’t it time to start dissecting the extremism of this ‘moderate centre’? Is it not the duty of every truly moderate citizen/social scientist, of every democrat, to radically oppose this extremism camouflaged as moderation? 

Why European air space was closed to the Bolivian President

While European leaders have expressed outrage about the US eavesdropping on the communications of its citizens, for them to symbolically challenge the US is one thing; to challenge it substantively is another thing altogether.

Politics, punditry, and the foreign gaze: the crisis in Portugal and the media

Porous boundaries between politicians and pundits, rigid austerity and a zealous attempt to please foreign observers can only have a destructive effect on Portuguese society.

Europe’s guns, debt and corruption

This second of two essays on military spending and the EU crisis, explores the role of the European arms trade, corruption and the role of arms exporting countries in fuelling a debt crisis, and why these 'odious' debts need to be written off. See Part One here.

Europe's Middle East policies: a southern European twist

More coordination and strategy are needed in Europe's response to the sinister signs of stolen revolution. The political-strategic impulse has come from the south in the past. In the current economic crisis this should be more the case, not less.

Portugal and the eurozone crisis: the well-behaved pupil plays truant

The people have finally realised that the troika-imposed austerity is not working in Portugal. In fact, the austerity packages are not working in Ireland (another good pupil of the troika), or in Greece, or Spain, or Italy.

Withering carnations

After airing an opinion piece criticizing Portugal’s Angola politics, a radio show is pulled and questions about censorship abound. Is the dire economic situation undermining Portugal’s democratic institutions?

Portugal: the day after

Last night, Portugal joined the ranks of 21 of its fellow European states by electing a right-wing government. Can it lead the country out of its historical crisis?

Xenophobia: Europe’s death knell

The Europe that is dying is the one that remains hostage to its past. Another Europe is not only possible but is in fact fast becoming an urgent necessity. This would be a Europe of vitality, open to connections, that has let go of its civilisational conceits

Europe and its myopic leaders

Europe’s leaders are reversing their historically generous role in assisting countries out of criminality and fascism. What we are seeing now therefore strikes at the heart of the European project not just the euro.

Portugal: no country for young men?

A comic duo in the Eurovision, a new hymn against high-qualified slave labour and a Facebook protest on March 12, brought back the dormant spirit of revolution to the streets of Lisbon.
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