From Greece's Golden Dawn to America's Alex Jones, the populist right is utilising the global crisis as the ‘pragmatic’ smokescreen for a variety of backward-looking nationalisms. For the left, it is time to go beyond the civic victories of Occupy and focus on constructing a political alternative to the Bretton Woods institutions.
Labour must be about more than 'earn and own'. A quiet revolution is ousting the remote, condescending party of the past. So said Jon Cruddas in his speech this week, setting out the building blocks of a Policy Review to put Labour back at Britain's helm after its worst defeat since 1918.
Social democracy is at an impasse, bereft of an economic programme, but history is on the march. Democratic wealth-holding can give social democrats a new set of economic institutions and political power bases.
dust settles on David Cameron's speech, what real impact has it had? Despite
being met with scepticism throughout Europe, it has above all highlighted the
need for an open discussion on the EU in Britain – and how the left has so far
failed to address the European question.
has often been cited as an example of what Britain's future relationship with
the EU might look like. One of the most prominent Norwegian opponents to EU membership shares his thoughts on David Cameron's speech
each day progressively reveals the extent of corruption inside the ruling
People's Party, the Spanish people are
disheartened by the conduct of their politicians, including that of Prime Minister Rajoy. But there are things that they can do.
'It ruined my marriage' 'my wages were cut in half'... the blacklisting of workers ruins lives, as the latest scandal in the building sector shows. Now the fight is on to push for a public inquiry into the practice.
Greece, Spain and Germany before, Britain now faces a cathartic moment when she
needs to decide what price it is worth paying to stay in the European Union. Coolheaded
rationality must prevail over emotion in the debate that is about to begin.
Saturday's election saw the victory of former PM Milos Zeman over current
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. The duel between a decried populist and an
old-school aristocrat revealed a division previously unseen in modern Czech
A wave of suicides has swept through the Indian farming community in recent years as, driven into heavy debt by deadly competition, many small farmers don't see another way out. A market-fundamentalist Indian government has so far refused to take its responsibilities to stop this growing epidemic.
The British media's sidelining of Scotland and its referendum is part of a history in which questions of nationality are smothered by the UK establishment. Today, it is increasingly clear that popular sovereignty is incompatible with the UK state. Yet avoidance is still the name of the 'British' game.
China digests its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, the Chinese media is at a
crossroads: the old semi-censorship regime is an awkward one. This status
quo is being increasingly challenged by citizens and journalists longing for
more pluralism in the media.
After the 1830 revolution, French workers waited for the introduction of the republic into the heart of production. It never came. The struggle that ensued was to shape French politics during the Second Republic and after as republicans sought to reconcile work with the principle of non-domination.
The run-up to the next national elections in Italy (to be held on 24/25 February) is marked by two trends that have already troubled the country's political life in the past years: fragmentation and political instability.
John Mills and Norman Tebbit discuss Britain's approach to manufacturing, home-grown industry, foreign ownership of assets, the exchange rate, and re-examine the choices of former governments and how they have affected Britain's economy today.
London 2012 provided a key insight into the shifting relationships between global, national and local as residents with no material stake in the Games came together to participate in their success. How might the power of this already-existing ‘commons’ pave the way for an alternative legacy?