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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority.

Cataluña: reconocimiento y dignidad

El día 2 de octubre será necesario buscar salidas que no impliquen la derrota total del otro y que exista capacidad de reconocimiento de la diversidad nacional de España. English

Simplemente queremos dejar de rogar

No deja de ser inquietante que en España no haya modo de celebrar un referéndum. Y me refiero a cualquier referéndum. English

We just want to stop pleading

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Español

Catalonia: recognition and dignity

On October 2, it will be necessary to find a way out that does not imply the total defeat of the other and that enables us to recognize Spain’s national diversity. Español

Cataluña se declara de facto independiente

Los nacionalistas catalanes están intentando imponer un referéndum ilegal para provocar una reacción por parte del Estado que impulse protestas masivas y facilite una mayoría que, hasta ahora, les ha sido imposible alcanzar. English

Catalonia’s de facto independence

Catalonia is trying to hold a referendum, to provoke a reaction from the State that would boost massive protests and deliver a majority which, so far, has proven elusive. Español

Are Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ a radical challenge to the neoliberal city?

Do superblocks challenge the voracity, inequality and capacity for destruction of the neoliberal city, or simply mitgate its effects? Español

The Barcelona I know will rise stronger after this day of horror

This devastating attack comes at a very delicate political moment, but it has united Barcelonians, Catalans and Spanish in revulsion and sorrow. Español

The Barcelona attack

After 16 years of the so-called war on terror, people feel no more secure than in the aftermath of 9/11.

"They are coming for your children" – the rise of CitizenGo

The right-wing campaigning platform has coordinated mass online petitions – and offline actions. Its reach is growing, alarming human rights advocates.

The politics of feelings

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

Aristides de Sousa Mendes: a light in the dark

Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.   

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

eBook: El ecosistema de la democracia abierta

«El ecosistema de la democracia abierta» es una publicación que hemos coeditado con apps4citizens en Barcelona, en el marco de nuestra sección sobre Experimentación PolíticaEnglish

A distribuição em massa de tudo

A inovação não é uma opção: é uma necessidade - para melhorar o que fazemos e ter um papel a desempenhar no contexto da economia líquida. English Español

La distribución masiva de todo

La innovación no es una opción: es una necesidad – para mejorar lo que hacemos y tener un papel que desempeñar en el contexto de la economía líquida. English Português

The mass distribution of everything

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español Português

15M, seen from the day after tomorrow

"Excuse me: It's not just that this left-right axis misrepresents me, it's also that I’m interested in the bottom-up one too, and I don't just want justice, I also want freedom." Interview Español

El 15M, visto desde Pasado Mañana

Lo que el 15M dice es: “perdonen ustedes: no me acaba de representar este eje derecha izquierda, me interesa también el abajo arriba, y no sólo quiero justicia, quiero también libertad”. Entrevista. English

Sanctuary and refuge cities

At Fearless Cities –  we catch up with the Coordinator of the Refuge City Plan of Barcelona City Council, and two fellow panellists, activists from Berlin, Germany and Philadelphia, USA.

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

In a world stuck between neoliberal crisis and authoritarianism, a reinvigorated municipalist movement is proving a powerful tool to build emancipatory alternatives from the ground up.

Why are Basque nationalists coming to the rescue of the Spanish conservative government?

One of Spain's most unlikely political alliances has ancient roots.

Guernica and the perversion of the Spanish Civil War

The memory of the Spanish Civil War has become a leading reference point for self-styled 'liberal interventionists'.

A eleição aleatória, o G1000, e a deliberação para mudar Madrid

É a eleição aleatória de representantes essencial para revitalizar a democracia? Mil madrilenos escolhidos aleatoriamente foram convocados pelo G1000 de Madrid para reflectir sobre a cidade que querem. English Español

Random election, the G1000 and deliberation to change Madrid

Is random election of representatives the key to revive democracy? One thousand madrileños selected at random were called to the Madrid G1000 to reflect and debate over the city they want. Português Español

La elección al azar, el G1000, y la deliberación para cambiar Madrid

¿Es la elección al azar de representantes la clave para revitalizar la democracia? Mil madrileños elegidos al azar fueron convocados al G1000 para reflexionar y debatir sobre la ciudad que quieren. Português English

Eight lessons from Barcelona en Comú on how to Take Back Control

After 20 months in charge of Barcelona, here are eight things we have learned from Ada Colau and Barcelona en Comú.

Mirada a Podemos/Día 4: ¿Qué estrategias de comunicación son adecuadas para este nuevo ciclo post-electoral

¿Qué viene después de la "máquina de guerra electoral"? Estrategias de comunicación para el ciclo post electoral. English

Glimpse of a key debate : deciding the future of Podemos, Day 4

What comes after the “electoral war machine”? Communication strategies for the post electoral cycle. Español

Mirada a Podemos/Día 3: ¿Cómo ampliar la base social de Podemos?

¿Cómo expandir la base social? La relación de Podemos con los movimientos sociales. English

Mirada a Podemos/Día 2: ¿Se puede democratizar el partido en Vistalegre II? ¿Cómo?

Democratizando el partido en Vistalegre II: "Gobernismo vs. municipalismo", "consenso vs. conflicto". English

Glimpse of a key debate : deciding the future of Podemos, Day 2

Can the party be democratized at the upcoming party congress (Vistalegre II)? If so, how? Español

Mirada a Podemos / Día 1: ¿Qué tesis para el nuevo ciclo? ¿Cómo relacionarse con el régimen del ‘78?

¿Qué hemos venido a hacer aquí? La relación de Podemos con el régimen del 78. English

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