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The Categorical Mistake of “Looking for an Answer to National Populism”
Nov 14 • 20 min
In the face of rising national populism, rather than seeking to combat these forces on their own terms, Green and progressive politicians can instead turn to a far more effective rhetorical tool. Written by Marta Loja Neves & Rui Tavares and read by Julia…
The Future of Basic Income in Finland
Nov 7 • 19 min
Trials in recent years, an advanced national debate and a new progressive majority in Parliament make Finland a key context to follow for basic income developments. Written by Simo Raittila and read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version:…
Why the Extinction Rebellion Movement is Morally Justified
Oct 31 • 16 min
Extinction Rebellion is part of a global movement that is forcing climate and environmental issues into the mainstream. Their success is based on widespread recognition of the legitimacy of their demands and action – but not before the law, as the first…
Questioning the Centrality of Work with André Gorz
Oct 25 • 17 min
André Gorz, a key thinker of political ecology, owes his popularity in part to his radical critique of work. His exhortation to “exit from work”, though undoubtedly utopian, provides us with the opportunity to reflect on what we mean by ‘work’ and on the…
Youth Lead the Way on the Climate Emergency
Oct 9 • 15 min
On Friday 20 September, thousands of children will once again take to the streets in the name of the planet – and this time they call for adults to strike with them. Philosopher Joëlle Zask considers how the conscience and clarity of the young climate…
An Eco-Social Perspective on Transhumanism
Oct 1 • 15 min
Tracing the rise of transhumanism, a movement inspired by the possibilities of developments from artificial intelligence to biogenetics. But this techno-utopian philosophy provides no answer to our social and environmental crises. Written by Carmen…
Cosmic Bonanza – Mining in Outer Space
Sep 24 • 14 min
Is an end to scarcity in sight? American companies are preparing to tap a vast source of raw materials on celestial bodies. But space mining is also a source of conflict, as the global commons of outer space are being enclosed, repeating patterns of…
Green Space in the History of Political Ideas
Sep 16 • 24 min
Liberalism, conservatism and socialism have long been seen as the dominant political paradigms of modernity. But these centuries-old frameworks are no longer unchallenged. Reinhard Olschanski explores how environmentalism, in the broad sense, draws from…
Breaking Europe’s Double Deadlock
Sep 9 • 21 min
French President Macron’s bid to reform Europe has missed vital opportunities. Carefully built alliances and transnational politics are key to effectively changing Europe. Written by Edouard Gaudot & Shahin Vallée and read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version:…
Everybody’s Survival - the Growing Hunger for Climate Justice
Aug 21 • 17 min
Is society ready to break with legal and political norms to tackle the climate crisis? Perhaps: in France the L’Affaire du siècle petition, which aims to have the French state’s duty and failure to act on climate change recognised, broke records by…
Poland’s Futures: A View from the Countryside
Aug 16 • 17 min
At a time when its voters are in and out of voting booths – municipal elections at the end of 2018, European and national elections in 2019, and presidential ones in 2020 – taking the long view of Poland’s future can help demonstrate what is at stake in…
A Walk on Europe’s Wild Side
Aug 8 • 15 min
A look at the past, present and future of rewilding that makes the case for tackling the biodiversity extinction crisis and restoring natural wonder to both country and city. Written by Samuel Gregory-Manning and read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version:…
Basic Income Has Always Been a Women’s Cause
Jul 31 • 12 min
The vibrant debate around the question of basic income has all too often neglected a crucial aspect: gender dynamics. In a deeply gendered society, how might a basic income impact men and women differently? Could basic income be harnessed as a tool in the…
A Politics Beyond Fear
Jul 19 • 11 min
Sociologist Karolina Wigura calls for a move from the pervasive politics of fear which has seen the rise of the far-right to a politics with a positive vision based on hope. Written by Karolina Wigura and read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version:…
The Limits of Work: Poverty and Exploitation in Today’s European Union
Jul 5 • 13 min
The 2017 documentary The Limits of Work (Hranice práce) confronts the viewer with the terrible reality of work for many. Saša Uhlová spends six months working a series of low-paid agency jobs equipped with a camera throughout. Casting a light on the…
To 2049 and Beyond: A Future History of the Internet
Jun 21 • 20 min
Just as the advent of the internet has reshaped the world over the last 30 years, its evolution over the next will also define the society of the future. Digital geek Jennifer Baker tells the story of a Europe in 2049 that has harnessed and democratised…
Agriculture 3.0 or (Smart) Agroecology?
Jun 11 • 15 min
Many EU policy-makers see precision agriculture as the answer to the question of food sustainability, but agroecology offers a genuinely sustainable solution already at hand. Written by Francesco Ajena and read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version:…
Europe: The Reconstruction of the Free World
May 28 • 21 min
Are borders really the normal state of affairs? A critical and historical approach suggests this is in fact a very recent development. By recognising this, we can start to open our minds to imagine new ways of including ‘Others’ within our own borders. A…
The Age of Security Populists
May 20 • 15 min
In a context where acts of terrorism and violence provide justification for increasingly intrusive interference with the rights of citizens, what international frameworks exist to limit government surveillance and how effective are they? What can be done…
Three Futures for Trade Unions in 2049
May 6 • 11 min
Climate change and digitalisation will shape the 21st century, but society’s ability to determine the future should not be downplayed. Christophe Degryse, head of the Foresight Unit at the European Trade Union Institute, explores how social movements such…
Delivering Green Mobility in 2049
Apr 29 • 15 min
The European transport sector needs a transformation if it is to support a green Europe in 2049. Solutions to transport’s most pressing environmental problems are emerging, but will bring their own challenges. Sustainable mobility experts Ian Skinner,…
The Nature of Green Populism?
Apr 24 • 13 min
The rise of populism across Europe and beyond has been widely acknowledged, achieving significant electoral success in recent years, in Germany, France and the UK to name but a few. Amanda Machin and Oliver Wagener explore the lesser noted and intriguing…
Plastic Promises: Industry Seeking to Avoid Binding Regulations
Apr 4 • 14 min
We are drowning in plastic. It is hard to exaggerate the scale and urgency of the challenge facing the world, to substantially reduce our plastics use, and to ensure we reuse and recycle as much and as quickly as possible. Vicky Cann from the Corporate…
EU Ban on Neonics: Too Little, Too Late
Mar 27 • 19 min
Neonicotinoids are the most popular – and the most poisonous – insecticides in the world. The large-scale collateral damage caused by neonicotinoids, or ‘neonics’ in short, on our ecosystem has been suppressed for years by industry spin doctors and…
The IPCC Report and its Political Implications
Mar 21 • 17 min
The recent IPCC report made international headlines for underlining that countries have as little as 12 years to take steps to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Bert Metz, fellow at the European Climate Foundation, explains what the report means…
A Food Policy for Europe
Mar 14 • 20 min
Instead of policy which pulls in different directions, Europe needs an integrated food policy that supports more local attempts at a sustainable and productive food system. Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems…
The Environmental Dividend: Greening in Times of Populism
Mar 4 • 10 min
Environmental taxes advocated by Green parties such as road pricing give rise to social resistance and populist criticism. There is, however, a response to the mistrust of green taxation. Richard Wouters explores the potential of the environmental…
‘Ugly Bruxy’ or Bruxelles ‘Re-Belle’?
Feb 22 • 17 min
A searing diatribe by a journalist bemoaning the flaws of the ‘Capital of Europe’ sparked much debate on the state of Brussels today, around both its aesthetic attributes as well as the processes going on beneath its surface. Closer inspection reveals how…
Guardians of the Property: Pop-Up Housing for Pop-Up People
Feb 14 • 20 min
Across London and other European cities, a new way of living is taking root: property guardianship. Whilst ostensibly a win-win situation for everyone, this industry is a symptom of the desperate state of urban housing and ultimately reinforces the…
Media Capture Central European Style
Feb 6 • 21 min
With foreign owners leaving the media market, Central and Eastern European oligarchs are buying whatever they can get their hands on. The region is a prime example of how vested interests can create a quasi-monopoly on media and information, cementing…
The ‘Guggenheim Effect’: Pride and Prejudices
Jan 29 • 19 min
In 1997, a declining industrial city in northern Spain, submerged in a deep economic, environmental, and social crisis, opened an innovative branch of the Guggenheim museum. Today, Bilbao boasts an urban landscape that is both considerate of its citizens…
Dirty Rare Metals: Digging Deeper into the Energy Transition
Jan 17 • 20 min
Guillaume Pitron reveals the dark side of the energy transition and digitisation. Rare metals are the next ‘black gold’: their central role in green and digital technology has important consequences not only for the environmental transition but also for…
The Road to Repeal: How Ireland Said ‘Yes’
Dec 19, 2018 • 17 min
On May 25th 2018, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of repealing the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution – the article that had hitherto made it effectively impossible to legislate for abortion even in the most extreme of…
After Europe – Thinking About Europe with the Help of Ivan Krastev
Dec 5, 2018 • 21 min
Edouard Gaudot explores political scientist Ivan Krastev’s book “After Europe” to delve into how the refugee crisis and the rise in populism is fast becoming a crisis in democracy for the European Union. Written by Edouard Gaudot and read by Julia…
Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot
Nov 21, 2018 • 16 min
The Western healthcare system is facing an imminent upheaval caused by an ageing population, increase in the chronically ill, technological advances and a shortage of caregivers. Automation of medical work using artificial intelligence is one possible…
The UK Plastic Crisis Unwrapped
Nov 15, 2018 • 14 min
Natalie Bennett discusses the hard-won gains and shortcomings of the British legislation banning micro-plastics in cosmetics, the deep-rooted place plastic holds in British lifestyle, and the path to a society no longer needlessly reliant on plastic.…
Work in a World Without Growth
Nov 15, 2018 • 15 min
A fixation with growth in economics has seen GDP increase in proportion to environmental damage. As planetary limits draw ever closer and are even being surpassed, such a model cannot be sustained. Riccardo Mastini explains how a job guarantee could open…
Bridging the 82 km Happiness Gap: Can Estonia Stem the Labour Exodus to Finland?
Nov 15, 2018 • 16 min
With tens of thousands of Estonian workers commuting between Tallinn and Helsinki, we look at a snapshot of Estonia’s ongoing struggle with brain drain. Written by Silja Kudel and read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version:…