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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Democracia 2.0: decidir antes de votar

A democracia representativa não é suficientemente democrática. Hoje, os cidadãos devem poder participar nos processos políticos desde o inicio, e não só no final com o seu voto. Entrevista. English Español

Lessons from Rio: how can the BBC compete with bigger sports broadcasters?

As the Rio Olympics draws to a close, we take a look at the how the BBC can protect itself from losing out to broadcasters like Sky and BT Sport.

A França luta em Noites Despertas

Como a ocupação de praças pelos jovens, contra a “reforma” trabalhista, a desigualdade e a desesperança, pode acordar um país acossado pelo terror, pelo Estado de Emergência e pela política reduzida a simulacro. Español English

How ISIS provincialised Europe

A politics of blame, of ‘us’ versus ‘them’, serves only to endorse ISIS’s Manichean worldview. Only an ethos of intercultural dialogue can help produce the "strange multiplicity" that an irreversibly multiethnic Europe so urgently needs.

París: composición de lugar

La massacre del 13/11 revela la escala de la amenaza de ISIS. Es vital una respuesta coherente. English. Português.

Paris: assembling the fragments

The “13/11” massacre reveals the scale of the ISIS threat. That makes a coherent response vital. Português. Español. 

Paris: encaixando os fragmentos

Os atentados que tiveram lugar no dia 13 de Novembro revelam a ameaça que representa o Daesh, escreve David Hayes desde Londres. Esta realidade implica que uma resposta coerente é vital. English. Español. 

After Paris: live news should challenge narratives, not recreate them

After the Paris attacks there is a desperate desire on the part of major news organizations to create and drive the narrative of terror attacks, when what they should be doing is questioning and interrogating narratives.

Race, caste and gender in France

Criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical: Anti-racism and anti-sexism must work together. 

Charlie Hebdo and the blasphemy of censorship

The massacre in Paris spreads fear and reinforces the retreat from free expression in Europe. It also sharpens an unavoidable choice over legal and political order.

Charlie Hebdo: how journalism needs to respond to this unconscionable attack

The killings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo highlight the threat to media workers in a world where free expression faces many violent threats. But they provide no excuse for hateful rejoinders.

Algeria, football, and France's "black box"

The political misuse and misreading of events involving Algerians in France are an obstacle to true understanding.

France and Rwanda's genocide: a long wait

The belated trial of a suspected genocidaire in Paris highlights the complex political relationship between Rwanda and France. It also reflects problems in the hard road to international justice, says Andrew Wallis.

Aimé Césaire: poetry as weapon

The passionate, lyrical voice of the poet from Martinique was part of a lifework that embrace négritude, Marxism and surrealism all in one, says Nira Wickramasinghe.

(This article was first published on 21 April 2008)

The Front National’s new clothes

Last year, Marine Le Pen came third in the French presidential elections, following a campaign seeking to de-demonise the party and make it more attractive to a broader electorate. While it is arguable whether her strategy was entirely successful, the changes made may well have long-term consequences.

France, a political tightrope

The aftermath of the presidential election is also the prelude to a parliamentary vote whose outcome is crucial to Francois Hollande's leadership, says Patrice de Beer.

François Hollande and France: the big deal

A new socialist president brings the promise of change to France and Europe, says Patrice de Beer.

France: a politics out of time

The tragedy in Toulouse has changed the atmosphere of France's presidential-election campaign. The emergence of a left-wing candidate makes the first-round outcome even harder to predict. But beneath the drama, the country's politics remain far behind a changing society, says Patrice de Beer.

France's election: looking for light

France's disillusion extends beyond the country's president to its political class, economy and sense of social direction. The beneficiaries may include the far-right Marine Le Pen as well as the centre-left François Hollande, says Patrice de Beer.

The scandal of France: power and shame

The arrest in New York of the head of the International Monetary Fund and leading French politician on charges of sexual misconduct is a confusing and revelatory moment in France's public life. Whatever the legal outcome of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s case some uncomfortable truths have to be faced, says Patrice de Beer.

Charles de Gaulle remembered

A London radio broadcast on 18 June 1940 by an unknown French officer altered history’s course. It was also the first act in Charles de Gaulle’s extraordinary thirty-year role as national-political leader and embodiment of “a certain idea of France”. Neal Ascherson traverses a landscape of memory - from Greenock to Paris, Algiers to Warsaw - to recall his encounters with a colossus of French and European history.

France: president’s defeat, polity’s crisis

Nicolas Sarkozy’s buffeting and the left’s advance in regional elections are less important than France’s profound alienation from politics, says Patrice de Beer.

France's other worlds: burqa and abyss

The degrading realities of France’s survivalist economy put the country’s latest debate about Islamic apparel into perspective, says Patrice de Beer.

Sarkozyland: France's inward politics

The European elections in France are the story of a rearmed right, lost left, and broken centre. But Dany Cohn-Bendit’s creative pro-European ecologists pierce the gloom, says Patrice de Beer.

Le Pen. La fin.

The French extreme right is splintering into its many constituent currents as Le Pen, charismatic leader, fails to pass on his mantle

France’s lost and found ideals

The noble principles on which modern France was founded are in trouble. But the effort to give them new life is underway, says Patrice de Beer.

Esther Duflo: the new French intellectual

A young French development economist is reinvigorating her profession by pioneering new anti-poverty strategies focused on experiment and evaluation, finds Patrice de Beer. 

France's Obama fixation

Enthusiasm for Barack Obama's success provides a window into the glaring shortfalls of French society

La grève: republican spirit

The French readiness to strike and demonstrate deserves not condescension but a true appreciation that the spirit of republicanism survives even as its structures are so visibly failing

France’s politics of regicide

The embrace of an "anti-capitalist" option is symptom of rather than escape from France's exhausted politics, says Patrice de Beer.

France’s socialist crack-up

The campaign by Ségolène Royal to gain control of France's main opposition party has failed. But the search for a new style and model of politics in France will continue, says Patrice de Beer.

Claude Lévi-Strauss at 100: echo of the future

The ideas of the pioneering anthropologist still inform contemporary understandings of the human mind and its cultures, says Dan Sperber.

Nicolas Sarkozy: world leader, local problem

The ambitions of France's president extend to a dominant role in Europe and a powerful position on the global stage. But he is bound to discover that all politics is local, says Patrice de Beer.

France in Afghanistan: a wounded mission

The burden of France's foreign-policy reorientation under Nicolas Sarkozy may be too heavy to bear, says Patrice de Beer.

China and the Olympics: a view from France

The failure of judgment towards China among the French political class is all the more reason to reaffirm universal standards of human rights, says Patrice de Beer.
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