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THE EIGHTH: TIME IS WELL AND TRULY UP

A referendum held a decade before I was born has shaped the Ireland I was born into, grew up in, and later emigrated from. The Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, recognising the equal right to life for the mother and the unborn child, was introduced in 1983. It was a time when contraception was new to the Catholic Ireland and the liberalisation that accompanied the popularity of ‘johnnies’ and ‘anti-babby pills’ quite literally put the fear of God into

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EUROPEAN PATRIOTISM ISN’T THE ANSWER

I admit it. I’m a terrible Remainer. Sure, I hung a ‘Vote Remain’ poster in my window. Sure, I made the unprecedented step of discussing politics with my family in order to stress the insanity of voting Leave. And sure, when the United Kingdom (well, England and Wales) did vote to leave the European Union, I fell into a genuine period of mourning for my country and continent. And yet when a march in favour of a final vote on

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FOR JAN AND MARTINA

When the news about Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová’s murder first broke, it felt as if the world around me had stopped. The entirety of Slovakia was shaken and outraged  -- no one really understood what had happened, nor what the motives had been. Next to expressing their condolences to the families of the victims, people started having questions. They wondered why this tragedy had occurred, whether there had been any way of preventing these murders. More importantly though, they

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LA RÉPUBLIQUE EN MARCHE! MARCHES ON

Checking in on Emmanuel Macron’s political revolution Emmanuel Macron defied all odds when he created his political movement En Marche (On the Move) in 2016 – a movement that propelled him to the presidency in May 2017 and won him a majority in the parliament in June shortly after. En Marche, renamed and reworked into the functioning political party La République en Marche (LRM) after its electoral success, promised to revolutionise politics in France by governing from the ‘bottom-up.’ No

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WE’RE BREAKING UP: REINVENTING POLITICS FOR THE IPAD AGE

AN INTERVIEW WITH WOUTER WELLING FROM POSITIEF LINKS Friday night. When I arrive at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, the DJ is already on stage and I can feel the bass thumping beneath my feet. People are milling around the bar or sitting at round tables, talking and studying the shiny black iPad at the centre of every table. It’s crowded: late-comers are standing, nursing their beers. Purple disco lights flash across their faces. Nothing about the scene suggests this is

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AGROECOLOGICAL FARMING – KEY TO ORGANIC FARMING

What are organic products to you? Medicine for harmed ecosystems and human bodies? Or an expression of large corporations reaping the benefits of our environmental concern, without changing their ways? While the reality of the matter is unlikely to be as black and white as that either/or question, it certainly deserves an inspection. So, let’s dive in. The aim of organic agriculture We buy organic because we think the labels assure the products are good for us and good for

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THE HOPE FOR A UNITED EUROPEAN LEFT

In the past few years we have witnessed the rise of the far-right and the revival of a rhetoric that had been long forgotten. We are living at the dawn of a new political era: it is the time of populism – or, because I personally dislike that word, let's call it “the return of ideology”. The post-Cold War era was the age of liberalism, characterized by the divergence of the centre-right and the centre-left to form what some have

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KNOW THY FARMER

Our globalising world largely favors huge, unaccountable corporations, but I have faith that we can do better than we are doing right now. I have faith in the farmers I know. I have faith in fair food. As an outspoken sustainability advocate, one of the most frequent questions I get is whether or not I’m vegan. I usually reply that I’m an omnivore in theory and a vegan in practice, or that I see animal products as a luxurious treat for special

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