Brexit, dark money and big data

Adam Ramsay An investigation by openDemocracy into the financing of the Brexit campaign in 2016 has raised far-reaching questions about connections between neoliberal elites, the tech industry and the private …

A betrayal by the intellectuals

Hopes of a smooth transition from ‘goulash communism’ to market economies have long since been dashed by the ‘post-Soviet mafia-state’ in Hungary. But to what extent are liberal intellectuals themselves …

Sources of uncertain hope

Czech Republic, Spain, Norway and Belgium after the EP elections After May’s elections, Prague saw the largest public demonstration since the Velvet Revolution. The country now hosts the strongest Pirate …

Putinism after Putin

Many Russians were happy to exchange the freedoms of the 1990s for a stream of oil money and a concept of ‘order’ guaranteed by a paternalistic leader. Putin’s popularity may …

Why liberal elites can be dangerous to democracy

Interviewed by Ludger Hagedorn, Czech political scientist Pavel Barša makes the case for a balance between the ideals of liberalism and collective sovereignty. Barša argues that individual freedom and civil …

Interference everywhere?

Disinformation in the EP election Although the Kremlin did try to interfere in European politics, focusing on Russia is misleading. Since some governments in the European Union are more interested …

An ominous sign

UK, Estonia and Latvia after the EP election What next for Britain and the EU? Though the Brexit Party will now be one of the largest national parties in the …

Unaccountable Europe

How (un)democratic is the EU? Democracy is being denied by the EU’s leaders. At fault are not ‘Brussels bureaucrats’ but the member states and their representatives. Lack of transparency makes …

The new identity politics

Rightwing populism and the demand for dignity   Francis Fukuyama’s argument that far-right identity politics were pioneered by the left has been criticized as blame-shifting. But this is a partial …

Repairing trust in federation

In the run up to the European Parliamentary elections in May, editors from the Eurozine network will be reporting on national debates from across the EU. First up in the …

Who can make Ukraine great again?

The lack of ideological distinctions between Ukraine’s presidential candidates may allow them to be responsive to citizens’ needs, however it has also led to populist short-termism. With liberal, modernizing platforms …

Intellectual paths in central Europe

How can intellectuals of central Europe maintain their moral principles and independence, yet support democracy, in an age when the region is again traversing a rocky road paved with nationalism …

The Anti-European Tradition of Europe

Our featured year-end article explores the dichotomies of the formation of today’s Europe and the conflicts, tensions, and solutions therein. Europe has a long tradition of self-segregation, of multi-dimensionality, of …