Critical Times

It was long overdue. But the repatriation of  Aboriginal Australian artefacts from the Manchester Museum is a significant step forward in redressing Britain’s violent past.   (More…)

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For a week, it seemed, Berlin had been taken over by the left. Not just any left but something new and unrecognisable. In the place of the customary red and black flags of anti-capitalist groups, protestors were waving flags featuring an hourglass, in soft greens and light blues. (More…)

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We all love bad guys. We love to watch them rise and fall. But most of all we have a stake in ‘bad guys’ because it means we can play the good guys. (More…)

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When EU leaders declined to start the accession process for North Macedonia and Albania, it was French President Emmanuel Macron who was singled out as the spoiler. (More…)

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Voters in the German state of Thuringia are set to elect a new state parliament on Sunday. The electoral season has been marred by a rash of death threats against leading candidates. (More…)

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The results from the recent federal elections in Portugal give certain grounds for optimism. There, unlike elsewhere in Europe, the main social democratic party tacked to the left rather than the right. (More…)

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Parliament may have been saved, but the UK is still hurtling towards a cliff edge. The Brexit crisis goes to the heart of what kind of country we want to live in. (More…)

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Brexit’s fate was always going to be determined by the Irish border. Efforts to limit migration have always ignored the threat it posed. (More…)

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When Zdravko Grebo, a legal scholar at the University of Sarajevo, died this year, it seemed to many Sarajevans the end of an era: the last of his generation, of dissident, socialist anti-fundamentalist Bosnian thinkers who embodied the best of Yugoslav dynamism and spoke to the hope – as Sarajevo has often stood for – that Europe can carve out a space between totalitarianism and late capitalism alike. (More…)

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