Europe, old and new - The Week in 1 Minute: May 19 – 25 on openDemocracy

This week’s coverage on openDemocracy was dominated by perhaps the most significant European elections since they began in 1979. Etienne Balibar asks whether European elections are useless, drawing responses from Teresa Pullano and Anya Topolski, while Ulrike Guerot and Robert Menasse wonder whether we could finally see the transformation of the “old Europe” into the “new Europe”, and a group of Open University authors ask, “Who are the new Euro-believers?”

24 May 2014

Can Europe Make it? includes an interview with two of the leading lights of To Potami – Greece’s newest political party – and a proposal for a new rationale for Europe: start with the south. Michele Barbero wonders whether Alexis Tsipras could be the saviour of the Italian left, while Jamie Mackay argues that Italy can no longer ignore its clandestine past.

The You Tell Us project nears its close, with stand out blog posts on how not to do politics in Bulgaria and the (lack of) discussion of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from Poland. We also unveil our interactive timeline feature, chronicling the discussion by our young bloggers, from the beginning of the year until the week of the euro elections.

Continuing Joining the dots on surveillance, Amandine Scherrer and Jef Huysmans discuss the EU’s active fight for digital rights, while we also featured an article on the relationship between racism and state surveillance in Sweden.

In openSecurity, Ozgun Topak reveals the humanitarian crisis unfolding at the Greece-Turkey borderthe flawed international response to the Central African Republic crisis is discussed and there is an important article on the trade union blacklist in the construction industry. The geopolitical consequences of the energy boom in Cyprus are debated, along with the difficulty of administering UN aid in Syria.

We can’t leave the power to create money in the hands of banks or regulatorsargues Ben Dyson in ourKingdom, which also publishes a series of short interviews with UK MEP candidates.

In Transformation this week, editor Ray Filar introduces her section’s new Liberation series, while also offering Caroline Walters on Ballet without the body fascism. And ‘Why don’t men care?’ asks Gary Barker.

oDR associate editor Daniel Kennedy writes on the state of the Russian internet today, along with Alexandra Kulikova on the ‘Balkanisation’ of Russia’s internet and Vyacheslav Kozlov chronicling the increasing censorship of the Russian web.

Che Ramsden looks at South Africa beyond the rainbow in 50.50, which also offers a sensitive comparison between Boko Haram in Nigeria and jihadist groups in 90s Algeria.

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