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Spain: shall we talk?

"We need to opt for dialogue, respect and understanding. We are many, we are diverse, we are respectful, and above all we want a better country and not one infinitely worse." Español

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Spain: shall we talk?

"We need to opt for dialogue, respect and understanding. We are many, we are diverse, we are respectful, and above all we want a better country and not one infinitely worse." Español

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’ and immigrant-bashing? openDemocracy is different - join us and hear from Elif Shafak, Brian Eno, Peter Oborne, Sultan al-Qassemi, Birgitta Jonsdottir & many more on what we can do together in 2017.

Shadowboxing over the Greek Civil War

Both the Greek government and the opposition have resorted to the usual shadowboxing over Greece's Civil War past. What a shame they aren't more focused on the country's future.

How technology powered the Catalan referendum

One of the real heroes of the referendum was undoubtedly social media.

The national conversation: free, open and broad debate

In the UK, do we see political polarisation facilitated by politically partisan websites and social media, or the disintegration of a governing consensus?

Pro-Remain media and Brexit: unwise response to populism?

Since the Referendum, the liberal élite and their media have largely neglected the societal threats inherent in the rifts exposed, while inadequately addressing the practicalities of Brexit.

Did you know we were seeking an AA/DCFTA deal?

A blog on making sense of Brexit: one version of what happens when members of the 'educated' British middle classes seek clarity.

Babiš’ Czech Republic: too thin a gruel?

There is always a chance that, owing to unforeseen domestic or external dynamics, the Czech Republic may yet slide into illiberal isolation. But it will be not be by design.

If the hard Brexiteers have nothing to hide, they've nothing to fear

Molly Scott Cato MEP explains why she has teamed up with the Good Law Project to force the government to lift the veil of secrecy on its Brexit impact reports - through action in the high court, if necessary.

Why Catalonia is not the Balkans

An analysis of where the Spain/Yugoslavia comparison succeeds, and where it fails.

Nationalism as a substitute for equality

Real equality cannot be achieved through distribution alone, but by relying on personal relationships with one another. If we are to reduce inequality, and fight populism, we must rehabilitate equality. Interview. Español

Solidarity under attack

How migrant activism in Italy (and beyond) is criminalised and used as a scapegoat for failed EU migration politics.

Should we close our worlds? Or open them out?

Cities need an overarching, positive narrative that binds all people to where they live, and where day to day behaviour and activities connect well with civic life. Interview. 

Catalonia: an incomplete transition?

The revolution to build democratic ‘stability’ and peace based on human rights and respect for citizen participation is an open-ended process in which dialogue, negotiation and participation are vital and ‘immortal’ cornerstones. Español

Catalunya and beyond: what’s after the nation-state?

To take back control we need neither to retreat to existing nation-states nor to replicate the nation state’s authoritarian structures at a smaller, regional level.

EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

Workers are not poor and disadvantaged because they have been left behind. They are poor because they are being robbed.

South Tyrol is a success story at a difficult time for majority‒minority relations

Why the multicultural Italian province of South Tyrol provides an interesting counter-example to other contested regions, such as Catalonia and Scotland.

Taking the Spanish government before the law

The EU might be forced to act under the pressure of its citizens, and for this, it has provided both the procedure and the channels.

Endless strife: the Israel-Palestine conflict and the international media

Adaptation of a talk at the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, Vienna, hosted by the UN Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine, 5-6 October 2017.

A new Jewish voice for Labour

The fightback in the UK’s Labour party conference against ongoing misapplications of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working definition of antisemitism’.

“If the company wants the pipeline to pass through our region, it will first have to pass over our bodies.”

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) crosses highly fertile agricultural land in northeast Greece. We travelled to Greece in June to speak to farmers and residents about their protests and peaceful action to block the construction of the pipeline.

Does Catalonia have a right to secede?

Having taught the philosophy of secession at universities around the world, only now, in reaction to Catalonia, do I have a sense of what justifies the right to independence... Español

Spain’s uncompromising perspective

In Spanish, the word ‘to compromise’ has no translation.

Spain: shall we talk?

"We need to opt for dialogue, respect and understanding. We are many, we are diverse, we are respectful, and above all we want a better country and not one infinitely worse." Español

Spain: how a democratic country can silence its citizens

Spain, one of the European countries at the sharp end of imposed austerity measures, has also been in the vanguard of imposing restrictions on protest against them. Archive: originally published May 2014. Español

The curtain falls on the occupation of Berlin’s historic Volksbühne

" It means stage of the people and that’s what it is supposed to be. It has never really been that.”

"The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society.

Are we all Catalans now? Why Scotland is very different

As the stakes rise in Catalonia, what does their crisis teach us about the complexities of the struggle for self-determination - and about the British state?

Winterization in Kara Tepe camp, Lesvos

Depending so highly on a single donor makes UNHCR the operational arm of the EU’s shortsighted policies. This is the third winter for UNHCR in Greece...

Declaration on the crisis in Catalonia

We, the undersigned, a group of philosophers working at Catalan universities, declare: Español

Repression and digital resistance in the #CATALANREFERENDUM

Success and failure in the use of digital tools in Catalonia’s rebellion; a calendar of events.

Call to the democratic Left on the events in Catalonia

Join us in raising a collective voice from the left, against the abuse of democracy both by the Catalan government and the Spanish government. Español