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  1. Asia Europe People's Forum 2010

    28 September 2010
    Article

    The AEPF this year in Brussels brought together citizens for dialogue, solidarity and action, as a platform from which to oppose corporate-dominated, undemocratic and neoliberal responses to ongoing crises.

  2. Seeking a democratic solution to the EU crisis

    Julie de Los Reyes
    23 August 2012

    Syriza party and movement activist outlines the leading Greek opposition party's strategy post-elections and his belief in an alternative vision for European integration rooted in democracy.

  3. The path for Venezuela can not be neoliberalism or Stalinism

    Edgardo Lander
    24 January 2011

    The Venezuelan process is caught between a fundamental contradiction: popular demands for democratic participation against tendencies towards hierarchical decison-making and concentration of power.

  4. UK election: No political parties offered "big ideas to match the depth of crises”

    Hilary Wainwright
    14 May 2010

    What we saw in the UK election campaign and the recent coalition deal is the level of opportunism amongst the political parties, and the real absence of politics and ideas on how to deal with major crises in the economy, over climate change and of our political institutions.

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    What are the promising new models of democratic participation?

    Hilary Wainwright
    05 February 2010

    The institutions that are supposed to reproduce daily life are incapable of acting on behalf of the people any more, so we need to produce our own institutional alternatives based on micro-experiments and universal values.

  6. UK elections exposes new unpredictable political landscape

    Hilary Wainwright
    07 May 2015
    Article

    The uncertainty about UK's election results reflects an important opening up of politics and expectations in the UK and an opportunity for social movements to push for anti-austerity and progressive policies

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    Party disciplinarians: the threat to dissidence and democracy in the United Socialist Party of Venezuela

    28 September 2007
    Article

    The establishment of a disciplinary tribunal in Chavez’s new socialist party before it even has statutes and structures is a worrying sign for those committed to radical democracy in Venezuela.

  9. Unleashing the creativity of labour

    Hilary Wainwright
    27 September 2012
    Article

    What would it mean if industrial policies aimed to release workers’ economic creativity – and not just in waged work but beyond? Hilary Wainwright draws inspiration from experiments in Germany, Spain, UK and South Africa.

  10. Thessaloniki, Greece: Struggling against water privatisation in times of crisis

    Lavinia Steinfort
    03 June 2014
    Article

    Already subjected to the consequences of the European and Greek debt crisis and the resulting austerity measures, privatisation will continue to hit Thessaloniki hard. In a referendum the people voted overwhelmingly against water privatisation. While their struggle continues, they look upon the crisis as an opportunity to intensify the search for democratic alternatives.

  11. Syriza shines a light

    Hilary Wainwright
    24 July 2012
    Article

    In Greece, a radical left coalition is actively preparing for power in society and in parliament. Hilary Wainwright reports from Athens.

  12. Egypt's still-unfinished Revolution: Celebration & Danger

    Phyllis Bennis
    04 July 2013
    Article

    Whether or not the day’s events in Egypt constitute a military coup d’etat, the removal from office of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military portends great excitement but even greater dangers.

  13. Reunion with a twist: inheriting from Amsterdam and Seattle

    Gisela Dütting, Ailko van der Veen
    10 July 2012
    Article

    Two activists reflect on 15 years of social movement mobilisation within the European Union.

  14. An Excess of Democracy

    Hilary Wainwright
    09 February 2012
    Article

    The philosophy and experience of radical movements in the 1960s and 70s are in several ways complementary to the ideas of the direct action movements of today. Hilary Wainwright examines the possibility of forging a new kind of political economy by learning from the best of both of them.

  15. The choice for Greece: a post-modern coup or a new kind of society?

    Alex Nunns
    28 March 2012
    Article

    "Every few months there is an event that is more than a demonstration but less than a revolt. And every time it gets bigger.”

  16. Occupy Wall Street: New politics and new milestones

    Phyllis Bennis
    01 November 2011
    Article

    The occupy movement has achieved an incredible and much-needed shake-up of a long-standing political stasis in the US and elsewhere, but it is crucial now to highlight the connection between failed foreign policy, bloated military spending and illegal wars, and the economic crisis at home.

  17. Is the Arab Spring a Black Swan?

    Richard Falk
    12 May 2011
    Article

    A recent comparison by top foreign policy thinkers in the US reveals the not so pro-democratic thinking that also goes on in Washington, referring to the emancipatory movements of the Arab Spring as a improbable "worst-case scenarios."

  18. Indignados movement takes root in Barcelona

    Hilary Wainwright
    18 October 2011
    Article

    Five months since the launch of the indignados movement, Spain is witnessing the emergence of an experimental movement committed to profound democratisation where leadership is shared and learnt.

  19. Occupy Wall Street: Origins & Prospects

    Tom Reifer
    31 October 2011
    Article

    The ancient discussion about the purposes of wealth and the conflict between oligarchy – rule of the rich – and democracy – the rule of the demos/the people comes to the fore once again with the Occupy protests.

  20. AV is not perfect, but we need it for plurality

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 April 2011
    Article

    The first-past-the-post voting system in the UK has led to the slow death of a critical political culture. Saying yes in the referendum on a proposed Alternative Voting (AV) system would at least give oxygen to debate.

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