Critical Times

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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The more you call them populist, the more likely they’ll turn into one. (More…)

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Boris Johnson is content with a no-deal Brexit. As a result, Ireland’s most notable nationalist party, Sinn Féin, has redoubled its call for a referendum on unification. (More…)

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It reads like the apocalypse. According to a leaked document detailing the British government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit, the consequences would be catastrophic. (More…)

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NGO crews patrolling the Mediterranean for refugees have noticed a change in the treatment of some of their ships. (More…)

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The body of Walter Lübcke, a prominent German regional politician noted for his vocal support for immigration, was found outside his own house late on the night of 2 June with a bullet in his head. (More…)

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