The socio-political turmoil is intensifying in the island country south of India, hit by a dire economic crisis. Citizens want the ruling Rajapaksa family to quit after decades.
- Yes, liberal democracies do need to build up a cohesive alliance to counter the threats – militarily and in the war of ideas – that are posed by aggressive authoritarianism, but without falling into two dangerous pitfalls – the author of How Democracies Die warns: to inadvertently bring all illiberal regimes into a united geopolitical front, and to think that the threat of personalistic despotism is just somewhere “out there”, and not also within the fragile corps of Western democracies themselves.
- The “history lesson” which laid the theoretical ground for it all, analysed by prof. Branko Milanovic
- A series of accidents and attacks remind ordinary Cameroonians that, after the hype of the footbal competition, ordinary threats will be back.
- Never as on January 6 2021 did America fear outright institutional collapse. While its democracy has proven resilient, none of the ingredients for a constitutional crisis has meanwhile been taken off the table, writes Seth Moskowitz.
- Christophe Jaffrelot’s latest oeuvre provides a comprehensive account of how, and why, India started descending into today’s political nightmare. A review.
- EU institutions have launched a large-scale deliberative democracy exercise to gather fresh reform ideas. Now they need to decide what to do with them.
- The 100,000-strong Turkish minority of Thrace is proudly attached to its roots – and equally cautious at Ankara’s religious-conservative drift.
- Covid-battered Bulgaria is heading to polls for the third time in a year. But a hung Parliament looms, again.
- The thousand-year old story of Moroccan Jews today spans throughout the world. And leaves an unmissable mark on the country’s identity.