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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

French tragedy or farce - 2: A ‘republican front’ against Marine Le Pen?

The truth is that the former economy minister has no solid constituency backing him, and no real popularity.

A guerra argentina contra o crime pode ser contraproducente

As abordagens de linha dura para combater a violência criminosa não são novas na Argentina. Mas marcam uma mudança em relação à década anterior. English Español 

En Argentina, la guerra contra el crimen podría ser contraproducente

Los enfoques de línea dura para combatir la violencia criminal no son nuevos en la Argentina. Pero marcan un cambio con respecto a la década anterior. English Português

Argentina´s war on crime could backfire

Hard-line approaches to combating criminal violence are hardly new to Argentina. But they do mark a change from the previous decade. Español Português

Citizens’ participation key to an inclusive and sustainable future

Collective action at all levels and balanced multi-stakeholder participation are prerequisites for generating more sustainable solutions.

Not “one of us”: the French presidential elections

So, this new situation which looked simple with a choice between two different types of societies, has to face once again a bitter resistance from entrenched political interests from all sides.

É a crise na Venezuela negociável?

A tempestade ainda pode ser evitada. Existe ainda uma pequena janela de oportunidade para resolver a crise venezuelana através de meios políticos e negociados. O tempo é o elemento chave. English Español  

La crisis en Venezuela, ¿es negociable?

La tormenta todavía puede evitarse. Hay aún una pequeña ventana de oportunidad para resolver la crisis venezolana por medios políticos y negociados. El tiempo es el factor clave. English Português

Is the crisis in Venezuela still negotiable?

Turmoil can still be avoided. There is still a small window of opportunity to resolve the Venezuelan crisis by political, negotiated means. Time is key. Español Português

Why strike Syria, Trump?

Waging war and licensing military conflict is as big as it gets. We must be cautious of spurring on a president we can’t trust.

Technology, skills and future jobs

Facing up to the coming technology upheavals, what might a next ‘Golden Age’ look like and what are the enablers that need to be put in place to deliver on that promise?

Foresight in an ageing world

With social cohesion a cultural priority, Israel has long been a leader in ensuring that its citizens are able to remain active within their communities as they age.

Can Lebanon’s sectarian elite agree on an electoral law?

The electoral law impasse is yet further proof of how all political matters can be instrumentalized in a bigoted sectarian discourse far from the aspirations of the public.

The weakening of Egypt’s regional role

As time passes, pressure on the regime will mount and a choice will have to be made between a domestic crisis, loss of valuable allies and international support.

Bolsonaro y la extrema derecha brasileña

Le llaman "el Mito". El diputado federal Bolsonaro, estrella de la extrema derecha y uno de los políticos más populares de Brasil, aspira a presidir el país en 2018. English

Bolsonaro and the Brazilian far right

They call him “the Myth”. Federal congressman Bolsonaro is Brazil’s far-right star and a presidential hopeful. He is also one of the most popular politicians in Brazil. Español

What went wrong with Turkey’s referendum?

As illiberal democracy is becoming more the norm than the exception in the world, Turkey’s referendum is another missed historical opportunity.

The indigenous and afro-Colombian communities risk to fall out of the peace agreement implementation

Time might be the enemy for the ethnic populations in Colombia, as the implementation of the peace agreement risks under-delivering on its commitments. Español

Comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas frente a la implementación del acuerdo de paz

Las comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas corren el riesgo de quedarse fuera de  los compromisos de la implementación del acuerdo de paz. English

'The oppression is brutal’: Morocco breaks up Western Sahara protest ahead of UN talks

The confrontation highlights the Moroccan routine response towards self-determination and human rights activists in the occupied territory of Western Sahara.

“You black bastard” Offensive, friendly banter, somewhere in between or both?

“There is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere” and certainly not in Britain or Australia.

To be or not to be: the future of opposition in post-referendum Turkey

In post-referendum Turkey, it is not just Erdoğan and his supporters but the opposition as well who refuse to recognize their adversaries as legitimate – an explosive formula.

Refugee crisis and Central and Eastern Europe: what solidarity do we need?

There is a disconnect between law and practice whereby the EU is continually reforming the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) but seems incapable of implementing it.

From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK

“If all the Europeans leave, who work so hard and they pay taxes, how are they going to manage to keep the benefit system in the first place?”

Reflections on post-humanitarianism in dark times

British opposition to search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean and Polish pseudo-theological justifications not to help refugees exploit the insecurities of the humanitarian movement.

The masses have spoken, but not all hope is lost, for Turkey’s democracy

This inherent ability to cancel itself out is democracy’s paradox:  to “sow the seeds of its own destruction”, succumbing to the electoral will of the majority.

Backsliding on civic space in democracies

An open civic space is a key ingredient of a successful and rights respecting democracy. Sadly, there’s a gaping hole between principle and practice. Español  

Retroceso global del espacio cívico en las democracias

En todo el mundo, el espacio cívico - un ingrediente clave para una democracia exitosa y respetuosa con los derechos - está amenazado. English

New ideas need old buildings

Creativity is a renewable resource, heritage is not. Unleashing the creativity of citizens is an empowering process, but we should not forget that new ideas need old buildings. Interview Português

A hollow referendum

Instead of articulating a brand-new direction for the country, the referendum simply served to legitimize and solidify the powers that President Erdogan has held since July 2016.

O Banco dos BRICS precisa de uma estratégia sólida e participativa para o desenvolvimento sustentável

O NBD tem trabalhado até agora no escuro, com pouca ou nenhuma transparência sobre os projetos propostos ou um verdadeiro compromisso com a sociedade civil. English Español

The BRICS Bank needs a bold and participatory strategy for sustainable development

The NDB has up until now operated largely in the dark, with little to no transparency about proposed projects or real engagement with civil society. Español Português

El Banco de desarrollo de los BRICS necesita una estrategia para el desarrollo sostenible

El NBD ha funcionado hasta ahora en la oscuridad, con poca o ninguna transparencia sobre los proyectos propuestos o un compromiso real con la sociedad civil. English Português

عقدة الإسلام السياسي السوري وعقدة مستقبله

عقدة الإسلام السياسي السوري تستمد خيوط تعقيدها من خيوط عقد الأزمة السورية ذاتها، من جهة، ومن عقدة خيوط البنية الفكرية الأصولية ذاتها، من جهة أخرى، سواء أخذت هذه البنية شكلاً سنياً أم شيعياً

Citizenship and democratic production

Citizen producers take advantage of networked knowledge and benefit from new available production spaces. New skills and know-how are required, however, for the inclusion of all social sectors. Español Português

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