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The Global Mayoral Forum has just finished in Quezon City, bringing together mayors from all over the world to talk about such challenges to their cities as migration, housing and social services. We thought you'd like to know more about what mayors from cities large and small talk about when they get together... Even better, we can introduce you to some of them.
Last year, openDemocracy predicted that the Brexit debate in the political and media mainstream would be framed as such: “Do we love business more than we hate immigrants, or do we hate immigrants more than we love business?”
And this is exactly what has happened, with one side arguing that leaving the EU will lead to economic collapse and the other side countering that remaining in the EU means... Read more
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, one simple message seemed to rise above all of the confusion and distress: #jesuischarlie has become an epochal phrase symbolising the defense of free speech against fundamentalism, and in the aftermath of the tragedy, many articles sprung up referencing this declamation as a rallying cry for us against them.
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It's been quite a year for Europe.
As well as the continuing drama in Ukraine and the tragedy of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, we've had two independence referenda (or one referendum and one consultation if you prefer), radical left parties topping the polls in Greece and Spain (and a radical right one topping the poll in France). We've had huge protests over water in Ireland, over mining in Romania, and over everything in Bulgaria, UKIP entering the Houses of Commons and making Brexit more and more of an issue, and, oh,... Read more
The recent success of the Front National in French local elections, as well as the announcement of a Le Pen-Wilders alliance in the European parliament, has re-ignited speculation about the rise of the far-right in Europe. It is widely expected that the far-right will attain their best ever European results in the May elections. Despite this, far right parties and MEPs have historically found it difficult to form groups in the European parliament. Why? And what has changed?
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These elections may be more interesting than usual for our European and global readers alike, given polarizations more dramatic across the continent than there have been for decades. The EU, originally billed as offering a new model to replace the chaos of the Westphalian system, is itself in chaos. Instead of burdensharing or offering joint multilateral efforts to mitigate severe financial, economic and social pain, EU governments have introduced various methods of punishment under the auspices of 'austerity measures’.... Read more
In May last year, Etienne Balibar wrote of the ‘inequality within inequality’ which is tearing Europe apart, affecting all Europeans while subjecting some to brutal conditions not so different from a ‘dog eat dog’ war. We have tracked the causes and effects of this war through debates including... Read more
Can Europe make it?, the European debate on openDemocracy, a leading, independent online platform for debate and analysis based in London, is looking for young Europeans to write an informal blog leading up to the 2014 European election. Candidates should ideally be between the ages of 18 to 25, living in a European country and/or with an interest in European issues, and able to write in English.
In the run-up to the European elections next year, we are trying... Read more
“There has been a history, let's face it, in Poland of a right-wing Catholicism which has been deeply disturbing for those of us who know a little history, and remember which side of the border Auschwitz was on and know the stories, and know much of the anti-semitic, and homophobic and nationalistic elements in countries like Poland.”
So said Stephen Fry in an interview with Channel 4 in 2009. To his credit, he apologised and admitted that his generalisations were ignorant and wrong. However, it... Read more
A couple of weeks ago, I was at a wedding in Milan. The groom was 33 and the bride 28; accordingly the crowd was young, with most guests in their mid-twenties to early thirties. Conversations with new friends were well under way, champagne helping, when it transpired that I live in the UK. Immediately, the conversation... Read more
What is populism? We've been running this debate on Can Europe Make it? for a while now, but the latest addition to this debate by Cristobal Kaltwasser is perhaps the most clearly written in its attempt to extricate definitions of populism and examine why seemingly disparate political movements (... Read more
“Why bother about the European elections?” was the title of a recent conference addressing 'civil society'held at the Europe House in Westminster, London. An otherwise soporific debate was enlivened by the colourful contributions of two London MEPs, Jean Lambert and Gerard Batten, of the Green and UKIP parties respectively, whose contesting views on the purpose and future of the European Union drew the sorts of parameters which will shape the debate up to and beyond the forthcoming European Parliament elections in May 2014.... Read more
Would the two angels who watched over Berlin in 1987 recognise the country today?
"Germany has crumbled into as many small states as there are people. Everyone carries his own state with him, and demands a toll when another wants to enter. But one can only enter each state with a password. The German soul of today can only be conquered and governed by one who arrives at each small state with a password."
This was their sober assessment at the time.
Yet today... Read more
Lily Lynch's smart, funny and disturbingly accurate takedown on "Western" writing on the Balkans, from Robert D. Kaplan to VICE is a must read, joining the pantheon of great satirical travel articles alongside... Read more
Is the European Court of Human Rights undemocratic? Marco Duranti's article drew a strong response in our comments section. I would like to highlight Duranti's reply as it is always nice to see authors returning to answer points made in the comments:
I would like to thank readers for their excellent comments, which capture some of the tensions at the heart of the book I am writing on... Read more
Ideology or empiricism? Theory or practice? Skimmed or full fat?
If you have yet to read the highly entertaining spat between leftist titans Slavoj Zizek and Noam Chomsky on precisely this subject, then I highly recommend it, even if it’s more for the novelty factor rather than the content of the debate.
Here at Can Europe Make it?, we prefer not to take sides. It’s... Read more
Much like our beloved continent, the Can Europe Make it? page is undergoing a structural reform. And, much like our beloved continent, we are still evolving and trying to find out what works and what doesn't. What we will look like when we emerge from this witches' stew of ideas and experimentation is uncertain—much like our...
Some changes should be immediately obvious. We now have a front page on which to display articles we feel are especially good. A space for us to highlight some of our debates, and maybe draw attention... Read more