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Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The upheavals we are witnessing are a political response to a political failure of historic proportions, argues the most popular political philosopher of his generation. "Obama’s presidency was the last, late opportunity for liberalism to make a change, an opportunity not taken."

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The daunting task of repair

The leading historian of liberalism debates the rise of the Hard Right and what can be done... "We’re close, or close enough, it seems to me on essentials: on what liberalism is and isn’t, on how liberalism is failing and on how much tougher liberals ought to be in their own defence."

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Why Germany neither can nor should pay more to save the eurozone

 “I wanted a Germany that was hegemonic and efficient, not authoritarian and caught up in a European Ponzi scheme. That was in 2013.” Excerpt from the Munich Seminar.

Italy’s new government is bad news for women and minorities

There will be hard times ahead in Italy, unless you are a heterosexual, cisgendered, white man. The new families minister opposes abortion, immigration and LGBTI rights.

Portugal’s eurozone reform proposals can renew social democracy

Adding a surgically applied layer of European Keynesianism to the euro’s ordoliberal rules at once offers a solution to Eurozone troubles and throws a lifeline to European social democracy.

Can Europe save Turkey from sliding into authoritarianism?

The answer is no. It is not only within Europe that defects in European liberal democracy are aiding the rise of rightwing populism.

Sustainability and political opportunity: the invisible common ground in the Italian problem

The problems of migration, unemployment and economic stagnation should be treated together as part of a single problem, which can only be usefully framed in terms of sustainability.

CIA whistleblower: ''No regrets. I would do it all again''

Whistleblower John Kiriakou explains why he and fellow-whistlebower Thomas Drake are committed to alerting their fellow Americans to a dangerous surveillance and war system designed to monitor their every activity. 31-minute video Interview.

Italy’s dangerous direction on migration

Italy needs greater support to ensure a humane approach to migrants and to protect refugees, but Europe should insist that Italy’s government respect human rights.

In memory of Razan al Najjar: Steve Bell's cartoon

An Israeli army sniper shot the 21-year-old nurse while she was trying to care for injured protestors in Gaza. This is Steve Bell's tribute to her.

Salvini and the racist immigration policy of Italy’s new government is giving a green light to racial violence

Soumaila Sacko was a USB trade union activist. His union had helped represent thousands of migrants working in agriculture in southern Italy.  

Germany's falling crime rates show the left should drop identity politics

AfD is a far-right party which has drawn a lot of strength over the past five years by banging on about how unsafe German streets have become.

Ushering in a new school of principled politics

“The reason we formed DiEM25 was the diagnosis that old wine in new bottles will not help revive the spirits of progressives in Italy or in the rest of Europe.” Interview.

How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers

Brexit has already begun. Any attempt to deny this and merely ‘stop Brexit’ will fail. To succeed we must overthrow the Brexit project with another, positive one.

The propagandistic nature of the liberal media: Interview with Florian Zollmann

A new study exposes in forensic detail how Western newspapers have in recent years applied journalistic double standards to reporting human rights abuses, from Yugoslavia and Iraq to Libya and Syria.

The unexpected rise of Pedro Sánchez

The rise of PSOE to government does not guarantee deep political change in Spain, but it makes Unidos Podemos a central actor, for Sánchez needs its support.

The dominoes are falling: could "Quitaly" prove one too many for the EU?

Italy's head of state, while predominantly a governor-general figure rather than a president in the American sense, is willing to have a go at riding the populists out.

Spain’s historic motion of no-confidence: how can we understand the ousting of seemingly indestructible Mariano Rajoy, in just 72 hours?

Electoral considerations aside, for now, many of those who fought so hard for this day to come will take comfort from being able to oust the PP from power. Español

German social democrats have alienated their base and fractured Europe

Unable to generate a domestic consensus and powerless to counter the priorities dictated by the euro, social democracy must continue to fail at home while divisions among EU nations deepen.

The biggest loser? State of the left in the age of right-wing populism

While Europe’s renewed rightwards turn presents the Left with a range of difficult challenges, it also creates opportunities. Español

An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European imperative to save the Iran nuclear deal

Failure is not an option. The alternative path is simply too costly, not only for the present generation, but for posterity as well. 

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Dangers of vaccine hesitancy: where does the EU stand?

In 2017, Europe observed a 4-fold increase in measles cases compared to 2016.

Coping with the failures of technocratic rule – from Brussels to Silicon Valley

Rather than abandoning institutions like the European Union and Facebook, we should push them to act more like democracies.

Is this the way democracy dies in Europe? A projection

Reflections on a dystopian future which might be becoming a reality, reflecting the dreams and hopes of political extremists.

Hungary: left without a party in a two-party system

Opposition voters may be left party-less in the Hungarian two-party system unless opposition politicians carry out a project similar, at least in its logic, to that implemented by Viktor Orbán.

The daunting task of repair

“Let’s agree on essentials: on what liberalism is and isn’t, on how liberalism is failing and on how much tougher liberals ought to be in their own defence.”

Harakiri, Italian style

"Mattarella’s decision is bad for Italy, Germany, and Europe. The only political force which is likely to profit is the Northern League."

Let all stories be told, from A to Z

The job of those talking to everyone – all professional media, print online radio and television – is to let everyone talk.

Military and security companies profit from European policies exporting border control overseas

This is probably part of the intention of the European Commission… not only to outsource migration control to other countries but to put its obvious consequences for human lives out of sight.

Listen England, it is Ireland talking

Brexit is fuelled by an English nationalism as crude and self-deluded as Irish nationalism used to be. The best response is to follow Ireland's journey to an inclusive, pluralist vision of patriotism.

Madrid’s community gardens

Where neighbourhood counter-powers put down roots.

Left radicalism fifty years after 1968: the capitalist state and political science

We must grasp relations between politics, society and the economy more precisely, by appropriating the information and conceptual wealth in the entire spectrum of investigation into the institutionalized public realm.