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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The elusiveness of whistleblower protection across Europe

It is important to interpret the ECHR in an open manner and draw from the European Commission draft directive, as well as European and international non-binding commitments on whistleblower protection.

What can be done with a polarised Mexico after the elections?

Democracy in Mexico is in a permanent state of construction and it will continue as such after the presidential elections of the 1st of July. Español

A democracia digital melhora a democracia?

As inovações digitais podem mudar a qualidade da participação e a natureza da democracia. Mas como? Español, English

A Voltaire for our age; what can the Enlightenment teach Brexit Britain?

The referendum and its ensuing political ramifications have left very few in Europe desiring to emulate the example set by Brexit. How different it was in Voltaire’s time!

¿Qué hacemos con un México polarizado después de las elecciones?

La democracia no se ejercerá el 1 de julio, como si fuera fruta de un solo día. La democracia está en construcción permanente y lo seguirá estando un día después. English

Diversity at the BBC: At last, significant progress, but still a long way to go

On the basis of his last three months work on diversity, Davie looks like the person to ride to the rescue. The board should not ask Tim Davie to change horses now.

Elections, polarisation and frustration in Mexico

Social and political polarisation, the assent of populism, and the blurring of the political parties are a consequence of a delegitimised institutional system, inefficient governance and persistent corruption. Español

Las elecciones en México y la cuestión de la seguridad

El próximo presidente tendrá que renovar la política de seguridad del país, que lleva más de diez años centrada en combatir militarmente a los grupos criminales mientras las cifras de homicidios se disparan. English

Mexican elections: the security issue

Mexico’s next president will have to revamp the country’s security policy framework, which for more than a decade has focused on militarized confrontation with criminal gangs amid more homicides than ever. Español

The terrible price of zero tolerance immigration

The US Attorney General claims these separations are justified by the Bible and will deter illegal immigration, though there is no evidence backing either claim. His is a minority position.

La politización de la justicia en América Latina

América Latina tiene una larga historia de justicia politizada y de política judicializada. Cuando gobiernos y legislaturas sufren una profunda crisis de credibilidad, el papel de la judicatura es ahora central. English

The politicization of justice in Latin America

Latin America has extensive experience of politicized justice and judicialized politics. Today, as governments and parliaments face a deep credibility crisis, the judiciary has become a leading political actor. Español

Colombia and the possibility of modernising democracy

Presidential elections results imply that democracy in Colombia, which until now has been marred with violence, structural deficits and a lack of true alternation, will gradually become more normalised. Español

Greece: in need of a debt relief that actually works

It’s not too late to steer the Greek economy and the EU towards a sustainable development course for the twenty-first century. There are tools to deliver this. Policy-makers should use them.

Turkey’s three-dimensional populism, three leaders and three blocs

The election is therefore offered a choice between three blocs, each of which mobilises people in terms of a different type of populism as expounded by their respective charismatic leader.

El Salvador: los evangélicos se suman a la batalla contra los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres

El panorama religioso cambiante en un país históricamente católico como El Salvador ha sido una mala noticia para las mujeres, que viven bajo una de las leyes antiaborto más duras del mundo. English

Petro vs. Duque: Colombian elections, war and peace

The presidential election on June 17 is exceptional. For the first time in many years there is an option on the left that oposes the decades-long right-wing hegemony in Colombia. Español

An agora on the European political space: why is Europe the decisive political space for the Left?

All countries within the European Union – and beyond – face the epochal challenge that there is no longer a shared conception of what a state is. A starting point and an invitation.

Buenos Aires, Argentina:, 13-14 de Junio 2018: 24 horas haciendo historia

Pasaron casi 24 horas de debate en el Congreso Argentino. Todos los pronósticos anunciaban que la ley del aborto no salía. Pero todo dio un vuelco al final: 129 a favor y 125 en contra.

God votes in India, abstains in Britain, Part II

Unlike in India, British democracy, distorted by Mammon, is spared by God.

Incertidumbre en Colombia: La paz en tiempos de elecciones

Es de temer que el resultado suponga un retroceso significativo en la implementación de los acuerdos de paz.

Petro vs. Duque: Las presidenciales colombianas, frente a la guerra y la paz

Esta es la primera vez en décadas que un candidato progresista llega a la segunda vuelta de una elecciones presidenciales en Colombia con algunas aspiraciones de ganarlas. English

Colombia ante la segunda vuelta de las presidenciales: ¿Ahora qué?

Pasaron a segunda vuelta Iván Duque con un 39,1% de los votos y Gustavo Petro con un 25,1%. La polarización acabó con el centro. ¿Qué podemos esperar ahora? 

"Tecnologías: hemos substituido la sucesión por la simultaneidad"

Santiago Alba Rico reflexiona sobre la izquierda y la derecha, el conservadurismo, el reformismo y la revolución, así como sobre la televisión y los medios digitales. Entrevista, 2ª parte. English

"Yo no hablaría de nacionalismo, sino de comunitarismo"

Durante el Festival Transeuropa, entrevistamos a Santiago Alba Rico. Habló sobre el papel de los nacionalismos y los comunitarismos en la actualidad, sobre España-Cataluña, el 15-M y el populismo. Entrevista, 1ª Parte. English

Unhappiness and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt

Salah is a hero of disruption, a political voice without talking politics.

John Tusa: a thoroughly enjoyable noise

London is the theatre where John Tusa has been “making a noise” ever since he arrived, at the tender age of six, in 1939, from his native Zlin. Book review.

Aumenta la desigualdad, peligran los derechos humanos

Los retos que plantea la desigualdad económica para los derechos humanos no son una sentencia de muerte para el movimiento, sino una llamada de atención para adoptar un enfoque más integral. English

Hostile environment: border guards and border guardees

Border checks are no longer one-off encounters… but… a myriad of micro-encounters. They have penetrated the everyday, mundane interactions in people’s daily lives and imposed new meaning on them.

Las sanciones no ayudan al pueblo venezolano

La retahíla de sanciones impuestas en primer lugar por Estados Unidos y luego replicadas por la Unión Europea y Canadá entre otras, contra Venezuela, está generando consecuencias irreversibles. English

Sanctions don’t help the Venezuelan people

The endless string of sanctions imposed on Venezuela first by the US and later followed by the EU and Canada, is generating irreversible consequences. Español

For legal abortion and an inclusive democracy

Florencia Minici is a member of the collective Ni Una Menos and co-director of Latfem Noticias. In May she spoke in congress, in favour of the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy law. Here is her full speech. Español

Por el aborto legal y una democracia inclusiva

Florencia Minici es integrante del colectivo Ni Una Menos y codirectora de Latfem Noticias y en mayo expuso en el Congreso a favor de la ley de Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo.  Transcribimos su discurso aquí. English

Europa, América Latina y la globalización de las campañas contra el género

Los movimientos transnacionales antigénero en Europa y América Latina crean alianzas poco probables entre populismos a derecha e izquierda, que es necesario empezar a comprender. English

The jihadogenous urban structure

These individuals feel coerced by the predicament of being neither French nor Arab, neither Pakistani nor English... they bear the stigma of double ‘non-identity’.

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