Josh White / 28 Oct 2019

The Heart of Darkness

The Dominic Cummings Problem

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.(...)

Bad and worse. Poland, 2012.
Karolina Zbytniewska / 07 Oct 2019

The Promise of Populism

Iron Curtain Lessons

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of populism. Frequently used as a synonym for fascism, it is not as consistent as the press would have it. Especially behind the former Iron Curtain.(...)
Civil rights marchers. Madrid, April 2019.
John Foster / 27 Sep 2019

Keeping It Real

Podemos and the European Left

In a development that is very much emblematic of the state of politics in Europe, Spain is spiralling toward another round of elections to be held in the second week of November. (...)

Casualties of war. Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovači, Sarajevo.
Heather McRobie / 09 Sep 2019

Sarajevo to the West

Susan Sontag’s War

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.(...)

The America they don't like. Anti-Trump protest, London.
Josh Kitto / 04 Sep 2019

The United States of Britain

Brexit Means Identity Crisis

How many justices of the UK Supreme Court can you name? It's a flippant question to pose, especially to British politicians and journalists. Chances are, they'll only be able to cite American ones.(...)

The seeds of Brexit were planted decades ago. Salford, 1971.
Josh White / 02 Sep 2019

Leave to Remain

The Northern View

Bolsover is a long way from Westminster. It’s an old mining town, mostly white British and ageing, where the factories have closed and the mines have been filled in. This is Labour country, but it’s also Brexit country, too.(...)

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