only search

The populist valuation bubble: a shock loss for Orbán and its lessons for democrats

The populists’ new power game – in which Orbán is a more advanced player than Trump – is aimed at shaping the collective perception of the popular majority. It can go wrong. - free thinking for the world

The populist valuation bubble: a shock loss for Orbán and its lessons for democrats

The populists’ new power game – in which Orbán is a more advanced player than Trump – is aimed at shaping the collective perception of the popular majority. It can go wrong. - free thinking for the world

A shared sense of media freedom is alive and ready to strike back

The author’s speech at the Budapest award ceremony of the European Press Prize, March 14, 2018, with closing words paying tribute to the “brave investigative journalists of Slovakia.”

The rising tide for the democratic control of water in Barcelona

Barcelona’s battle to take its water company back under public ownership is reaching its climax in the courts and at the ballot box.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

MeRA25: a new Greek political party

This month the former finance minister of Greece is launching a new ‘patriotic front’ in Greece, a broad, progressive, alliance of left, green and liberal Greeks, calling for realistic disobedience.

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich

If we take the cases of Catalonia, Flanders and northern Italy, the formation of the nationalism of the rich generally coincided with periods of prolonged fiscal strain.

Why we mustn't abandon EU citizens & marginalised voters in the run up to 3rd May elections

Britain is facing a democratic deficit at the local elections, as turnout tumbles and under-represented communities – as well as EU nationals – face losing out.

"We need a feminist constitution"

How is anyone going to go to work if no-one does the ironing, cooks, or looks after the children? I think putting this issue on the table is one of the great victories of March 8. An interview.

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

Re-igniting political polarisation in Greece: the ‘liberal’ opposition’s turn to the right and the challenges for democracy

What is often ignored across Europe is the mainstreaming of nationalism and nativism, the legitimization of illiberal and indeed of anti-democratic ideas and practices by established ‘moderate’ political forces.

What could a Corbyn government inside Europe mean for the future of the European Union?

This pamphlet sets out a realistic reform strategy for the EU, that a Corbyn government allied with socialists across Europe could achieve, addressing the big global problems of today.

Eurozone beyond euphoria

This ‘do more of the same’ approach based on brutal enforcement and discipline does not tackle the sources of the uneven development.

Fear, loathing and poverty: Italy after the 2018 elections

Twenty years of stagnation and decline mean a generation with ever-lower expectations in terms of income, work and life. Impoverishment has become a reality for a very large swathe of Italians.

Liam Fox’s Brexit aims would require “a fairy godmother” - full speech by Fox's former top official

A devastating assessment of the government’s Brexit trade strategy of “rejecting a three-course meal for a packet of crisps”. Full text of Martin Donnelly’s speech to Kings College last week, exclusively on openDemocracy.

Labour's leavers are lukewarm for Brexit

Despite much heated criticism of 'lexiteers', new data shows Labour's leave vote taking a patient and measured approach to what Brexit means to them. Are they the key?

Brexodus: The UK may leave the EU, but the EU may already be leaving the UK

New data show more EU citizens are leaving and net migration of EU citizens to the UK has hit a five year low. These figures are worth paying attention to.

So how DO you build a “people’s Brexit”? Not by marginalising the already marginalised

Brexit can be reclaimed as an entrance into a new political understanding, process and polity – but only if unions and Labour avoid elite-mediated solutions. An excerpt from For the Many: Preparing Labour for Power, published by OR Books.

Fear of forgetting – heroines who changed history

Simone De Beauvoir and Gisele Halimi were indefatigable. They wrote to every responsible official in the judiciary, military and government – up to General de Gaulle. Lest we forget.

Resettling scores: internationals in the UCU strike

“No more discipline, life’s magical” …  has been singing in my head as I see colleagues laugh in the face of the absurd claims by the all-round absurdness that is university management.

The ordinary virtues of cities

Talking to Phil Wood, co-founder of the intercultural cities model, last November, about love of cities, intercultural city planning, innovative local government, human rights and ‘ordinary virtues’. Interview.

Oslo: the small hotels where we meet

Talking to Geir Lippestad, then Vice-Mayor of Oslo, at an Intercultural Cities Milestone Event last November, about hatred of multiculturalism, diversity advantages, the responsibility of politicians, and win-win cities. Interview.

Brexit: whose will, which public?

Taking part in public life is a deeply affective process, at once personal and collective, and social media might just help us bridge the gap between the two.

Brexit Britain: are we all haunted by collapse?

The EU is literally following in the steps of the Soviet Union. I’ve been thinking about it since everything started with Greece…  Britain will be the first country.” Part two.

A populist myth about immigration courts and public opinion: evidence from the US and Sweden

The concept of mass immigration is politicized. Rather than registering reality objectively, it is used to further particular interests of the state as well as powerful non-state organisations.

From Afrin to Ghouta

The egalitarian, feminist and socialist enclaves created by the Kurdish left are attacked with particular ferocity by Mr Erdoğan’s army. Czech.

Clashing scales in Brexit Britain, or why we just can’t get along

The first of three essays contemplating the “complete reimagination of politics” which is the drama of Brexit. 

Drowning Belgrade: the Belgrade waterfront project in context

As Belgrade goes to the polls in today's municipal elections, the state is playing a fundamental role in the transition to neoliberal economics. Hence the undemocratic procedures bedevilling 'The Project'.

The 2018 Italian election campaign viewed from Twitter

We have followed 1,579 candidates and tracked their Twitter conversations for two weeks now. Also, we collected 400,000 citizens’ retweets and replies to candidates’ tweets.

The untenable technophobia of the Left

On hate speech, fake news, anonymity and "new" politics. A warning. Español

Duality, dualism, duelling and Brexit

Taking this opportunity to rethink a part of government crucial to a fair and dynamic society would be good politics. Whitehall is no more capable of doing this than Brussels.

Italy's election, M5S and the case for Hegelian transformation

The first option for Italians is believing they can draw their bridge up and return to some mythological past which preceded the globalization game that the country has lost out in.