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Normative Power Europe? Really?


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After 50 years, it’s time to close the gap between different human rights

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It was the moment the UN General Assembly changed the face of international human rights law. Fifty years ago, on December 16 1966, the assembly passed a single resolution containing two new treaties: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), covering rights […]

The UK government cannot reconcile austerity measures with human rights

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Authors: Jamie Burton, Alice Donald and Koldo Casla This article was published in Open Global Rights (Open Democracy) A UN Committee of independent experts recently issued a harshly worded report on the extent to which public authorities have been complying with international law on socio-economic rights. The Committee monitors states compliance with the International Covenant on […]

Months ago I called for a vote out. Why did you have to listen, Britain? Why???

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This article was first published in Open Democracy Last February, I wrote a short piece praising British humour and weather, thanking London for hosting me and, yes, asking Brits to vote for Brexit. The text was full of irony, and I warned the reader that I would not do it if I were British. But, […]

Open letter from a Eurocitizen living in London: Brits, vote for #Brexit.

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This post was published first in Open Democracy. I have lived in England for nearly five years, mostly in London, but for personal reasons I have also become familiar with other parts of the country as well. I have always felt welcome here – for which I am grateful. I like England very much. I […]

Why does the Basque Country seem so quiet about independence nowadays?

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This article was published first in Open Democracy. Basque nationalism has never held more institutional power. Together, the Basque moderate nationalist party (PNV) and the pro-independence left (Bildu, “Unite”) hold 60% of the vote and 64% of the seats (48/75) at the Parliament of the Basque Country. Navarre, which constitutes a separate administrative region but […]

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