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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

New elections in Spain: towards a “Portuguese pact”?

After six months of a caretaker government, Spain is holding new elections on June, 26. The campaign starts with only one new element at play: the coalition of Podemos with the former Communists. Español Português

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

Rome, Brexit, Trump and Greens – so many forms of establishment meltdown: revolution in the making?

Everywhere, people are increasingly hostile towards whoever wants them to vote just for the sake of stability and out of fear of a jump into the unknown.

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

What's going on inside Labour's new economics?

With the UK focused on making the wealthy wealthier, is there any hope for a new economics? We talk to Labour Party members and policy experts at the shadow chancellor’s "State of the Economy Conference". !2-minute vid.

VoteIn might have better arguments, but it is failing those it needs to reach

The arguments made at the openDemocracy-sponsored VoteIn rally were, at last, convincing. But is the campaign refusing to engage with Brexiteers’ grievances?

Will Brexit impact on borders and the control of immigration?

There is now an ever-growing need for immigration and border criminologists to focus on the harms inflicted by racist state policies and practices, and strengthen strategies of resistance.

The role of the EU in the Syrian conflict

As a new round of Geneva talks is under way, the EU should ensure that the outcome is not merely the result of US and Russian talks.

What is causing the conflict in Ukraine?

Understanding the economic roots of rebellion in eastern Ukraine suggests that the resolution to the crisis must address restoring economic and political justice.

In fighting corruption, whistleblowers must be encouraged

Whistleblowers and society must work together to combat the profound and dangerous penetration of organised crime into the fundamental institutions of the state in Latin America, and elsewhere. Español Português

En la lucha contra la corrupción, hay que apoyar a los informantes

Informantes (whistleblowers) y ciudadanía deben trabajar conjuntamente para combatir la muy peligrosa penetración del crimen organizado en las instituciones fundamentales del Estado, en América Latina, y más allá. English Português

Na luta contra a corrupção, há que apoiar os informantes

Os informantes (whistleblowers) e a cidadania devem trabalhar conjuntamente para combater a perigosa infiltração do crime organizado nas instituições fundamentais do Estado, na América Latina, e mais além. English Español

Europe’s challenge in the Horn of Africa

A combination of a top-down approach aimed at preventing wars, and a bottom-up approach framed by the people’s issues, is the best chance for progress. Where is the EU?

Democracy and political experimentation for the 21st century

Our aim is to further our understanding of the scope and impact of political experimentation, and improve the diagnosis on a latent, deeper brand of democracy in Latin America. Español Português

Democracia y experimentación política para el siglo XXI

Nos proponemos comprender el alcance e impacto de la experimentación política, y mejorar el diagnóstico sobre el estado latente de una democracia más profunda en América Latina. English Português

Democracia e experimentação política para o século XXI

Pretendemos compreender o alcance e o impacto da experimentação política, e melhorar o diagnóstico sobre o estado latente de uma democracia mais profunda na América Latina. English Español

Brazil prepares to roll back green laws

Dilma Rousseff´s government has in no way been a model of protection for the environment and indigenous areas. However,  it seems that the government of Michel Temer could be much worse. Español Português

Peace talks in Kuwait: will they solve Yemen’s crisis?

There is no doubt that the military stalemate is a major reason leading to the Kuwait negotiations. After 14 months of full-scale war, the military situation is largely unchanged.

Is there a future for a social democracy?

Social democracy has been limited to understanding market principles and redistribution as ways of serving the interests of people. Now is the time to better understand the principle of reciprocity.

Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism

Polanyi’s views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them.

EU referendum - most important decision of our times? Really?

Nothing will be as good outside the EU as LEAVE suggests: the world won't collapse as REMAIN implies. It is a gigantic distraction, deliberately engineered by competing parts of the elite.

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

A new politics from the left?

Can it be achieved from within existing political institutions, or does it require new sources of power to be built in society and the economy as a base for new political institutions?

End of a cycle for the left in Latin America?

We share a common enemy: a neo-conservative project for capital accumulation on a global scale, based on extreme mechanisms of dispossession, including war and the hollowing out of democracy and politics. Español

Os protestos não são movimentos

Como podemos transformar estes protestos, que ocuparam as ruas e as praças de todo o planeta, em movimento efetivos, capazes de pôr em causa as relações de poder? English Español

"Brexit": the real threat to globalization

British voters on June 23 may also decide the future of globalisation/ financialisation. If Britain votes to leave the EU, globalisation may be over, and with it an era in history.

"More people, more agency": Turning protests into movements

How do we transform the waves of protests—which have occupied streets and squares worldwide over the past few years—into movements that can challenge power? Português Español

Por qué Donald Trump sí puede ser presidente

Trump emplea reiteradamente el simbolismo, manipulando las frustraciones de distintos sectores. En una sociedad cada vez más desigual, se postula como el salvador de los perdedores. English

Middle classes in Latin America (8). Divided at the ballot and in the streets in Brazil

Mid-income Brazilians have been supplying the mobilized “troops” for the battles around Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, providing street legitimacy to the process as much as to the resistance against it. Español

Clases medias en América Latina (8). División en el voto y en las calles en Brasil

Los brasileños de ingresos medios han aportado “tropas” y legitimidad callejera a las batallas en torno a la destitución de Dilma Rousseff, tanto a favor como en contra. English

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