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Europe: from revolution to counter-revolution

Liberal values have been betrayed and we are witnessing a concerted effort to dismantle the system created after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a counter-revolution.

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Europe: from revolution to counter-revolution

Liberal values have been betrayed and we are witnessing a concerted effort to dismantle the system created after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a counter-revolution.

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The guilt, dignity and pedagogy of shamelessness

For centuries, Europe’s Christians have shut Jews behind ghetto walls. Now, Polish Christians intend to shut the voice of Jewish suffering into a ghetto of silence behind a legal wall.

Don’t call it an echo chamber – it’s a spatial contract

Don’t focus on the reverberating sounds of the echo chamber, look at the structure that has formed it, before you even realised, and right before your eyes.

Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

The war in Afrin starkly highlights how the dynamics of power and resource grabs by the US,  Russia, and their regional alliances, have shaped contemporary struggles for life and democracy.

Join voices against the fascist cult of violence – “Long Live Life! Down with Death!”

After recent events in Macerata, Italy, we are beginning to realise that we need thousands of daily acts of resistance to banish fascist ideology.

Divisive populists are a “main obstacle” to women’s rights

“What populists are really afraid of is pluralism” says FEMEN activist Inna Shevchenko, who argues that democracy and feminism are interlinked.

Like Erdogan, Trump is using conspiracy theory to sabotage democracy: here’s what we learn from the Turkish experience

The accusation of conspiracy within the State is not just a red herring, it is a strategy meant to turn American democracy against itself. 

Europe: from revolution to counter-revolution

Liberal values have been betrayed and we are witnessing a concerted effort to dismantle the system created after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a counter-revolution.

Could Macedonia become a Balkan success story?

Since the election of a reformist, social democratic government, Macedonians are seeing surprising shoots of hope in their country.

International Criminal Justice: from past to future

The ICC will eventually be competent on the crime of aggression, prosecuting not only war crimes, but also the crime of war (for which heads of states bear primary responsibility).

Information blackout at the Council of Europe?

The Council of Europe's crucial activities come with a deep responsibility to ensure public access to its historic decision-making. Unfortunately, this has been sadly lacking for a number of years.

Green Brexit?

Recent months have seen green added to the red, white and blue Brexit boasted by Theresa May. Green Party peer and Leave voter, Jenny Jones, explores the thinking. Interview.

The return of ‘class and social justice’ in Iran and Tunisia

The new dimension of these social upheavals was a coalition between young educated people who think they have no future under the current system, and the least advantaged groups.

The EU as Britain’s constitutional stabiliser?

More than it thinks, Britain may need its membership in the EU for the preservation of its national integrity and of its ancient constitutional settlement.

Macedonia and rightwing banality: history as myth machine

In Thessaloniki this January a libertarian squat was burnt down during a “march for Macedonia”. Who was marching ? Was it inevitable that its slogans ended up being nationalist or fascist?

Austrian passports for South Tyroleans are fine – or almost so

There is one thing calculated to diffuse Europe's nationalisms: the feeling a person can have – or develop over time – of belonging to more than one country.

Can the battle against Big Tobacco be won?

The tobacco industry’s relentless behavior, including a massive 'astroturf' campaign, led French MEP Françoise Grossetête to assert that it cannot be considered a ‘normal’ industry.

When bully boys dictate the West’s agenda, Turkey invades Syria with impunity

How can bully boys and aggressors label a resistance movement ‘terrorist’ when the whole question of Turkey’s accession to the EU turned around its democratic deficits?

The crisis of western democracy is a crisis of journalism

There is a crisis of confidence in institutions and media, a fragmenting of the public domain. Without quality journalism, democracies will be low-intensity ones. RSF proposes a solution.

Can America be a Good Place again?

Americans need to remind themselves that it´s possible to act morally in an amoral world, and shape each other’s attitudes by opening up a debate about what is good and bad.

Can Bulgaria achieve its Balkan ambitions?

Bulgaria’s new role as president of the Council of the EU has started with a bang – quite literally.

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

‘Happy 18th birthday! You’re out’

Tougher internal controls under Macron are only giving police more powers, allowing them to conduct identity checks in emergency shelters. Brutality towards migrants is likely to become even more common.

Fighting in the left corner

“We are an organization with one staff member, and a limited amount of energy because nobody in the political and activist left wants to talk about Brexit! “

A second referendum on the deal with the EU: a multi-option poll

More than anything else, perhaps, the UK now needs something which is not just accurate but also inclusive.

On Lesvos, police violence crushes refugees' peaceful resistance: justice for the Moria 35

At the edge of Fortress Europe, violence, arbitrary raids and arrests, racist profiling, exaggerated criminal charges and punitive detention are scandalous – but by no means an aberration from the logic of borders and their enforcement.

Circularity. A new strategic horizon

In a circular democracy, plural practices move beyond the idea of state sovereignty towards a sovereignty of proximity that can co-manage basic needs.

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

Intercommunication in Barcelona, past and future

"Instead of talking about the Greek debt and its creditors and the European Central Bank, we decided that a people-to-people message could be much more effective to lift up their spirits."

Milo Yiannopoulos, product of the crisis of post-modern politics

A troll who might as well be the new prototype of the 21st-century politician, what Milo does to us is what we have done to the world. Therein lies the challenge.

What happens after displacement? Syrians re-settling Istanbul through food

Successful food restaurants in certain neighbourhood of Istanbul, such as Fatih Malta Street, now create a hub for Syrians residing all around Istanbul to meet in the religious Fatih neighbourhood.