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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Carnage in Istanbul and the point of no return

Once the external anchor of Turkey’s democracy, the EU‘s normative influence has sunk as low as its reputation among its many erstwhile supporters, who now feel betrayed and abandoned.

DiEM25: a new anti-fascist alliance for Europe?

A crucial stage in the rise of far right movements is the breakdown of the barrier between their own agenda and the policies of traditional conservative parties.

Post-exit Britain: democracy or autocracy?

The people have voted on what they don’t want. Nobody has voted on what we do next. A general election must be called before Article 50 is triggered.

As in 1977: Argentina in a time warp?

Historical revisionism, censorship and war on memory. The language and the policies – though not the means - in Macri’s Argentina are eerily reminiscent of the dark days of Videla’s dictatorship. Español

Defenders of the environment on dangerous ground in Latin America

Last year was the deadliest on record for the world’s defenders of the environment, according to new figures from NGO Global Witness. The murder rate is now three per week. Español Português

Defensores do meio ambiente em terreno perigoso na América Latina

O ano passado foi o mais letal para os defensores do meio-ambiente, de acordo com as estatísticas da ONG Global Witness. A taxa de homicídios é a dia de hoje de três por semana. Español English

Los inmigrantes comunitarios y la izquierda pro-Brexit

Los Lexiters son cómplices de una de las traiciones políticas más importantes de la historia del Reino Unido, la referida a los inmigrantes comunitarios. English

Can Islamism provide deliverance?

Maged Mandour

Modern day Islamism represents the interests of a specific social class that has few qualms about current social and economic structures.

Fog in Channel – history cut off

What has happened to Britain’s historic duty in helping out other nations formerly under its yoke? There is no such thing as an inner citadel.

Are we Spaniards better off five years afterwards?

On the eve of the elections, an audit of the political and social outcomes of the square occupation and the rise of the Podemos party in Spain.

Figuring (out) Omar Mateen

Mateen killed 49 people, wounding 53 others, in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida, before being killed in a shootout with local police. But who was he?

Spain’s political draw: a problem of programme or image?

Sunday, June 26, Spanish elections. A new alliance between Podemos and Izquierda Unida aims to unlock the political stalemate that occurred in the last elections. What is the calculation behind it?

Britain riding the tectonic plates

The referendum is at the centre of these shifting plates. It is the crack which can become a chasm in the postwar order.

The Idea of Europe

What does it mean to be European in a globalised world? After an extreme twentieth century, Europe must look to its intellectual and cultural heritage to re-imagine its identity.

Affirming democracy: trade union action meets work fragmentation

How do you organize collective action if the workforce is spread in a fragmented value chain and if the power that governs processes is “faceless”?

What role for the ETUC in organising workers in Europe?

The added value of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is its role as a think-tank or even of a think-and-do-tank on strategies to organise workers.

Brazil: the revolution is proportional to the size of the crisis

The representative system being what it is, we need to create what we believe democracy is. The struggle for democracy has no end date. Español Português

If the EU didn’t exist, we would have to invent it

A serious attempt at democracy, in the sense of being able to influence the decisions that affect our lives, can only be done through solidarity with those in the European Union. Interview.

Whose data is it anyway?

Collection, categorisation, and experimentation on people’s data are presented as legitimate because online advertising is funding the free internet. But what about privacy, free expression, and autonomy?

Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Participatory democracy has been hijacked by business-led multistakeholderism, and 'presence and power' are replaced as tokens of people's political involvement.

Grexit to Brexit: “Be careful what you wish for!”

There is an ironic parallel in the methodology of emotion and national dignity employed by both the left-wing Syriza in Greece and the right wing leave camp in Britain.

BREXIT: the R is for Racism

B in Brexit stands for Boris and his overweening ambition. But R is for Racism, the method through which Vote Leave aims to achieve the political upset of the century.

The Great British higher education sell-off

If these proposals become law, then, over time, the fee-paying student will become the human equivalent of black gold.

After the Swiss basic income vote – learning political lessons is key!

Basic income support is growing as more people become familiar with the idea, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Can Poland’s opposition mount an effective challenge?

The divided opposition will struggle to mount such a challenge unless it can also address Poles’ broader concerns, recognising that they do not simply want a return to the pre-election status quo.

Something rotten in the migration compact 2.0 of Matteo Renzi?

If Europeans are appalled at the xenophobia and racism to be found in their countries, the question is - why are they following the same prescriptions?

Las raíces hidrológicas de la crisis brasileña

Una perspectiva histórica y geográfica de la estructura geopolítica del sub-continente sudamericano da claves para entender la profunda crisis que vive Brasil y toda la región. English Português

The hydrological roots of the Brazilian crisis

A historical and geographical perspective of the geopolitical structure of the South American subcontinent is key to understanding the deep crisis in Brazil and throughout the region. Español Português

As raízes hidrológicas da crise Brasileira

Uma perspectiva histórica e geográfica da estrutura geopolítica do subcontinente sul-americano oferece pistas para entender a profunda crise que vive o Brasil e toda a região. Español English

Post-conflict in Colombia (14). Untying children from the FARC

It is not enough to establish a reintegration program for demobilized children. We must realise that untied children are essential to peace building and reconciliation in the territories. Español Português

Postconflicto en Colombia (14). Desvinculando niños de las FARC

Es urgente empezar a pensar que los niños y niñas desvinculados hacen parte fundamental de la construcción de escenarios de paz y reconciliación en los territorios.. English Português

Breaking new ground in Jordan

Five years ago Syria’s uprising began and the ensuing war forced millions to flee to neighboring Jordan, a land whose present holds some lessons for Europe’s future.

“Llegó la gente a las instituciones”

Sirio Canós Donnay habló con openDemocracy durante el evento de presentación de DIEM25 en Londres el pasado sábado 28 de mayo. Video

Four years and an impeached president later, Paraguay's Curuguaty Massacre is still in the shadows

Even if in Paraguay people know that Curuguaty did not happen as stated in the official version, they also doubt that we will ever know for sure what really happened. Español

La persecución de los pueblos indígenas, llevada ante la ONU

Los pueblos indígenas realizaron una queja en las Naciones Unidas. América Latina fue el blanco de críticas debido a la violación de los derechos y a la ausencia de salvaguardas. English Português

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