The debate is hosted in a special oD page, Can Europe make it? Its editor David Krivanek explains this is a democratic question, others warn against euroscepticism and corrosive lobbying dousing what remains of Enlightenment and Ben Hayes warns against over-excitement. Meanwhile, the Icelanders get on withdoing something about it and write their own constitution.
Elsewhere such a benign outcome is threatened by far-right populism. Outside their core militants, Marley Morris reports they are drawing on “reluctant radicals” of all ages across Europe. Meanwhile, in the UK, Our Kingdom interviews Daniel Trilling about his new book on the ugly, hard right while Sunder Katwala examines attitudes to the English Defence League and Joe Mulhall asks where the introduction of elected police commissioners will fit in while Tess Riley praises the rise of a sharing economy.
Will the international community defend democracy in the Maldives? - asks Stephen Zunes, who begins our war coverage: it’s words in Burma; motives in Syria; resurgent Naxalism in India; and forgotten combatants in Bangladesh, and two reports on the crucial impact of sanctions in Iran from Paul Ingram and Saeed Rahnema, while Paul Rogers provides the overview from Syria to Nigeria, unusually sober even for him.
In oD Russia, Euan Grant wants to tame organised crime, Mikhail Loginov highlights disillusioned voters and Ekaterina Loushnikova tracks down the families of imprisoned protesters – especially moving. An angry Sergii Leschenko says elections are rigged in the Ukraine. openSecurity however has some good news from Georgian voters.
We ask some questions: can women shape elections, the US elections and Tunisia? And is it really a good day for peasants in the United Nations and for domestic workers in the Gulf? Will this alert from Simon Maxwell and Sam Bickersteth do the trick on climate change? And the sordid side of England emerges even in OurBeeb, as the BBC slips again; is it time for its Trust to be elected?
Did you see last week’s impressive interview with David Potter, founder of Psion and ex- Bank of England? Take a read, the world financial crisis won’t be the same and you’ll Welcome the Enmity of bankers!
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