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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

"Nós não vamos tratá-los como a África"

Quatro especialistas falam sobre o impacto social e ambiental da parceria cada vez mais activa entre China e América Latina em 2016. English. Español.

Caputalism: will capitalism die?

Reduced growth is, for various reasons, a systemic problem. The more reckless the gambling on the markets, the more the entire system balances on a knife edge…

Democradura en Argentina: cuando todo vale

Mauricio Macri dijo que iba a renovar las formas del kirchnerismo preservando sus políticas sociales,  pero inmediatamente ha quedado claro por qué vendió globos de colores durante la campaña. English.

Democratorship in Argentina

Mauricio Macri said he would renew Kirchnerism’s ways while preserving its social policies. However, it has immediately become clear why he sold colour balloons during the campaign. Español

Spanish fragmentation continues after the elections

Spain is facing several weeks of political paralysis before somebody gets to form a government – with or without new elections. But fragmentation and dysfunction will continue in the coming years. Español.

Fragmentación a la española

España se enfrenta a semanas de parálisis política antes que, con nuevas elecciones o sin ellas, alguien consiga formar gobierno. Pero la fragmentación y las disfunciones continuarán en los próximos años. English

Ecuador: el Estado fuerte y el estado de la salud

Si en tiempos de vacas gordas el Estado ha optado por el sistema público-privado, ¿qué va a pasar en tiempo de vacas flacas como ahora? English.

Crise fiscal no Brasil: un conto de duas inflações

Sobreviver a um impeachment será uma tarefa hercúlea para Dilma Rousseff. Com a contração econômica e o crescimento dos gastos públicos, o déficit fiscal vai aumentar. Não há mais espaço para apostas. English.

The difficulty of 'neoliberalism'

Disagreement over words is surely to be welcomed in a pluralist intellectual and political culture. Why is neoliberalism so provocative? Why is it Blairites in particular that are so provoked?

Economic reform: tackling the root causes of extremism in Tunisia

A combination of political consensus, religious inclusion and economic stability is vital to combat the alienation, deprivation and chaos that lead to extremism.

Aunque Argentina se escore a la derecha, las mejoras del progresismo se mantendrán

Macri ha heredado del Kirchnerismo una camisa de fuerza ideológica y una presión social que le mantendrá atado frente a tentaciones neoliberales, que se demostraron nocivas en el pasado. English.

Argentina lurches rightwards but progressive policy gains will endure

The most enduring legacy of Kirchnerism is that it has left President Macri partially tied to its ideological straightjacket. Social pressure will prevent him from neoliberal temptations. Español. 

Democracia en Argentina: ¿significa Macri menos Estado?

El cambio que trae Macri a la Argentina presenta múltiples interrogantes ante el temor de la vuelta a un neoliberalismo que fracasó estrepitosamente en el país en los años 90. English. 

Democracy in Argentina: Does Macri mean less State?

The change that Macri is bringing to Argentina is raising multiple issues among fears of a comeback of policies that utterly failed in the country during the neoliberal 90’s. Español. 

Bolivia’s lithium boom: dream or nightmare?

Bolivia stores around 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, but the environmental impacts of extracting it represent a risk of massive contamination. Español. Português.

Bolívia, sonhos e pesadelos em função do boom do lítio

A Bolívia possua 70% das reservas de lítio do planeta, mais os impactos ambientais da extração representan un perigo de contaminação maciça. Español. English.

Bolivia, sueños y pesadillas por el boom del litio

Bolivia posee el 70% de las reservas de litio a nivel mundial, pero el impacto ambiental de su explotación supone un riesgo de contaminación masiva. Português. English.

Spain’s December 20 General Elections: start of a new historical cycle

Being able to foster ‘real’ change in favour of the oppressed while, at the same time, responding to their need for security would be a great achievement for any political entity. Español

Volver a Sonreír

Para aquellos que están decepcionados con las perspectivas que ofrecía la supuesta “crisis del capitalismo”, Podemos representa más que una bocanada de aire fresco. Es un chute de adrenalina. English.

Facing violence: thoughts from Geneva

To counter ISIS and address the other crucial crises that poison our days we need a regime change – at home.

”Famine” in Ethiopia: key facts

The usual scapegoat returns, with fears that the land tenure system is the main culprit for low production and thus food shortages in a crisis, when it is not.

Podemos: radical blueprint for democratic reform

Iglesias' party proposes a radical opening up of the state through citizen participation in decision-making, and administration as a weapon against oligarchic power. 

Podemos in the debate of the ‘Left(s)’: elections and aspirations for change at the ‘End of History’

Podemos has not given up on being part of the left, it has simply renounced being part of this left that can be content with losing, time after time. Español.

Intervención en el Fórum Europa: “La política debe tener ética y ser humanista”

No hay sitio donde yo pueda hablar. Y esto porque lo tenéis todo súper controlado. Los medios están al servicio del poder; un poder corrupto, esto está más que demostrado. English.

De la descafeinización de Podemos como fuerza de contrapoder en el contexto español y europeo

No hay manera de conciliar la abierta contradicción que existe entre los “altos eslabones” de Podemos y sus políticas estatistas, y los ciudadanos, que propulsan al partido desde abajo. English.

The true cost of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories raise a simple but difficult philosophical question: why should we not believe in them? Finding an answer to that is much harder than we like to think.

"A Gramscian party in a non-Gramscian world." An interview with Paul Mason

#ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series that sets out to ‘tell the story of how the European Union destroyed the first radical left government in modern history’, premiered on Tuesday. An interview.

A vote of no confidence: explaining the Danish EU referendum

The six parties endorsing a yes-vote represented more than 60% of the parliamentary mandates. Still, they were rejected by an electorate fundamentally divided from them on EU-issues. 

Invirtiendo la pirámide invertida: breve genealogía del origen, emergencia y desarrollo de Podemos

El deber de un revolucionario no es simplemente ganar, sino conseguir transformar la sociedad, empezando por la transformación ética de uno mismo. English.

Comunicación Política, Transformación Social y Alternativas Democráticas: Crítica y Límites de la Experiencia PODEMOS

Desde el punto de vista de la economía política de la comunicación, fiar toda la comunicación política a los media es una apuesta equivocada. English.

Postconflicto en Colombia (1). Adiós a las armas

2015 termina con avances de vital importancia para la negociación. Acordado el punto sobre víctimas, la dejación de las armas es ahora uno de los más dificultosos que quedan por acordar. English. Português. 

Post-conflict in Colombia (1). A farewell to arms

2015 ends with crucial progress in the negotiation process. Once the victims' viewpoint has been agreed, the laying down of arms is now one of the most difficult remaining points. Português. Español. 

Idomeni, Grécia – sem saída

O campo de refugiados de Idomeni foi, durante as últimas três semanas, o epicentro do conflito da entrada dos refugiados na Europa. A distinção feita na fronteira entre migrantes e refugiados fez a violência escalar. English

Paris COP21: the worst deal in the history of global climate negotiations

The role of technology in solving the climate change challenge was completely ignored by world leaders at the Paris conference.

To be, or not to be: Europe under siege

In the short term, Europe can only survive as a way of solving common problems, worth having insofar as the EU stabilises crises and protects the economic wellbeing of its citizens.

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