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#STATE OF SOLIDARITY

While state after state in the European continent declares a state of emergency, activists around Europe call out the #stateofsolidarity and oppose the politics of fear.   Katerina Anastasiou, Benjamin Bender, Lucile Gemähling The attacks in Paris, Beirut, Bamako, Tunis and on a Russian civil aircraft over Sinai, the developments…

Portugal: The authoritarian position of the political Right

Ricardo Cabral Fernandes   The austerity answer from the political European elites to the economic and financial crisis led to a whole new phenomenon within the European continent.  In one hand, we watched the far-left increase their votes and parliamentary representation. On the other hand, we also watched the far-right…

Greece: refugee crisis on a knife’s edge

Dimitris Christopoulos   The following text is written before both the Malta Summit and the Paris terror attacks of November 13th. It is more than certain that particularly the Paris events will seal the European management of the refugee crisis, driving EU member-States to enforce  restrictive policies. Still, this won't…

Open the gate! The fence and priorities

Manos Avgeridis This weekend, a protest was organized on Evros, Northern Greece, with the demand to bring down the fence on the border between Greece and Turkey. Clashes between protesters and police were reported, yet the stance of the EU and of the Greek government remains intransigent. This is a…

The Ankara victims seen from Greece

Dimitris Christopoulos   In the fall of 2004, 20 senior investigators from the Greek Ombudsman’s Office traveled to Istanbul for an institution-building seminar with some high-ranking Turkish civil servants under the auspices of the Council of Europe. These civil servants were soon to join the Turkish Ombudsman’s Office, which was about to be…

‪#‎RefugeesWelcome‬: European Day of Action for Refugees

European Day of Action for Refugees, 12th September 2015 (re-published from Europe says OXI) Today is the day everyone! This is what Europe looks like at its best. More than 100.000 people all over Europe are going into the streets on this European Day of Action for Refugees, with almost…

Sadomasochism and Realpolitik

Τhe decision of Eurozone leaders’ summit on 13 July Christos Hadziiossif   A run-through of the reaction by the international press and political and economic commentators, in the immediate aftermath of the announcement of the decision taken by the Eurozone leaders’ summit on 13 July, runs the risk of creating…

Ioanna Stratikopoulou: Neo-Jews, P.I.G.S. and selfreference

Ioanna Stratikopoulou   “This is a coup!” Millions of people around the world shouted during the night of the 17-hour negotiation. This was the last act of a 5-month theatre of negotiations, which exceeded every known measure of plot twists, to the point that people, whose fate was not decided behind…