With a troubled future ahead for the UK, could devaluation hold the key to a more balanced and productive economy? Throwing up a range of political and economic questions beyond the tired dichotomy of austerity vs Keynesian stimulus, the debate will shed fresh light on the UK's economic position and its options in a globalised marketplace.
Undocumented Mexican migrants in the USA, despite being the group most vulnerable to a flagship Republican policy, have no voice in the country’s future. Those who can vote have a moral obligation to those who can’t: stop Mitt Romney in his tracks
In the presidential campaign, American foreign policy towards the Middle East has overshadowed other regions by far – underlining considerable differences between each candidate’s approach to this part of the world
In France, the Manifesto of Appalled Economists underlined
some of the country’s most prominent economic concerns about the
European response to the global crisis. It was signed by over 700 economists
and more than 6,500 concerned citizens. Today, we publish their call for a
more open, more democratic European Union.
When Islamic groups command the legislative
and executive powers in a country, the Islamisation of society takes centre
stage. Young, enthusiastic, and ideologically driven members want rapid moves:
clear legislations, conspicuous political positions, and social policies to
reflect what they consider to be their ‘victory’.
This Saturday, a year after a Constitutional Council has written a draft constitution with the help of citizens, voters agreed this draft should be the basis for a new constitution. This writing experiment stands out for its surprisingly democratic process, but a closer look reveals some of its limitations.
As far as foreign policy topics go, China, and Asia more broadly have become an essential issue in the presidential campaign – and they were fiercely discussed in last night's debate. But how does East Asia see the election?
Today openDemocracy launches a special global feature: How do the 2012 US elections look from here? And we launch it in Greece, Europe’s cradle of democracy and twenty-first century scandal for democracy worldwide.
The Uneconomics series challenged the power of economists, inviting diverse perspectives from disciplines whose work on the economy has been increasingly recognised post-crash. This reflection by the editor ends the nine month series.
In addressing Catalunya's call for autonomy, the EU and Spain must remember lessons from Slovenia’s case for independence. There are clear parallels between the situation in Spain and that of Yugoslavia in the late 1980s.
Since the crash of 2008, British taxpayers have shelled out an incredible £1.2 trillion on bailing out and propping up the banks. Nearly five years on, the UK’s banking scandals seem never-ending. This Spinwatch film investigates the continuing culture of lobbying in the City.
The Tea Parties draw strength from deep roots in the
American tradition. In his updated edition of America
Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, the author says
regardless of who wins the elections in November, this radical conservative
tendency poses a serious threat to the future of US democracy. 5,000 word essay
Unaccompanied immigrant children in Italy have left their countries hoping to find a job and better opportunities, but their aspirations quickly fade away. Often, they risk being exploited to work in the black labour market or are recruited by criminal gangs – with nobody standing up to protect them.
We hear a lot about Russian organised crime and its links with the Russian state. But it operates not just at home: its reach is global. Euan Grant explains how it operates and what can be done to challenge its power.
The demand for politics over markets, a key message in the Occupy and
Indignados movements, is also key here. A considerable drop in trust is clear:
trust in all national institutions and political actors (parliament, parties,
and trade unions).
If western countries are unwilling to place
any pressure against a regime of questionable legitimacy, allied with a former
dictator and hard-line Islamists, while failing to provide any support for a
popularly-elected leader committed to democracy and to nonviolence, what kind
of message does that send?