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Belarus protests: the role of women and young people

By Ana Pirtskhalava / 4 December, 2020

The Belarusian writer, 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, and one of my favourite authors has written a book named “The Unwomanly Face of War” but unlike the war, the protest against the regime and President Alexander Lukashenko, known as ‘Europe’s last dictator’ in the streets of all major cities […]

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Belarus – why it is different this time?

By Ania Skrzypek / 4 December, 2020

The former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski (1995-2005) has long been an advocate of regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe. During his presidency, he not only oversaw his country’s accession to the European Union (2004), but only a few months later, when the ‘Orange Revolution’ in neighbouring Ukraine began, he […]

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The EU and Belarus: doing less might be better

By André Gerrits / 30 September, 2020

It is easy to call for EU action in crises at the borders of the bloc. And in the case of Belarus, these calls have been made again. But the European Union must acknowledge that the Belarusian case cannot be considered without thinking of Russia, and that in some crises […]

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A too Teutonic talk

By László Andor / 17 September, 2020

As we learned from the great British historian Eric Hobsbawm, tradition is something that is invented. The tradition of State of the Union (SOTEU) speeches by the European Commission president was invented in 2010, in the wake of the great financial crisis. It has always provided a panorama of EU […]

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Making the UN more inclusive and democratic

By Jo Leinen / 8 September, 2020

The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (UN75). Secretary-General António Guterres has invited everybody to discuss and propose measures for “renewing and strengthening” the world organisation. Notably, a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a World Citizens’ Initiative could be measures that increase its democratic base. Many papers and […]

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Urban development in Allende’s Chile: going up!

By Genaro Cuadros Ibáñez / 3 September, 2020

At the time of Salvador Allende’s election victory on 4 September 1970, Chile was experiencing accelerated urbanisation that was deeply unequal. Confronting the housing deficit, and providing access to urban services and facilities would be one of the challenges of Allende’s Popular government. With creativity and involvement of the people, […]

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Salvador Allende: respect for the world

By Juan Somavía / 3 September, 2020

When Salvador Allende entered the General Assembly of the United Nations, a very exceptional thing happened: there was huge, spontaneous applause from the delegates, who rose to their feet. At the end of his speech, the president of Chile was again cheered at length with a persistent standing ovation. This […]

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Salvador Allende: his ethical, social and democratic legacy

By Marcela Ahumada / 31 August, 2020

On 4 September 1970, fifty years ago, the socialist doctor Salvador Allende won the elections and became President of the Republic of Chile. In the middle of the cold war, for the first time in Latin America, a socialist came to power through elections, democratically and in freedom. Fifty years […]

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Empirical effects of direct democracy

By Stefan Voigt / 28 October, 2019

Direct democracy tools are neither panacea, nor a danger to democracy – but they do influence decision making.

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Initiative and referendum in a hostile context

By Raul Magni-Berton / 28 October, 2019

In France, participatory democracy is constantly developing.

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