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Opening the black box of parliament

The other day, a rather peculiar case made national headlines in Colombian newspapers: An, until then, unknown sub-secretary of the Senate, Colombia’s second chamber, shoved himself into a news network’s camera team. Mr Saúl Cruz, a high-ranking veteran Senate clerk with a 23-year long public sector career, unwillingly caught the public eye when his ruthless actions were […]

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#FreeDeniz ya!

  El reconocido periodista alemán Deniz Yücel, de ascendencia turca, quien se encuentra en prisión preventiva en Estambul, bajo acusaciones judiciales de propaganda terrorista y amotinamiento del pueblo, es otro recuerdo del camino de la República de Turquía hacia la censura y dictadura. Yücel fue detenido desde el 14 de febrero, por casi dos semanas sin […]

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Retweeting Trump, AfD and Wilders: Helping the bad guys?

The swift rise of populist political parties and candidates, mostly from the far-right, owes much to extremely provocative social media campaigns, also dubbed “extreme tweeting”. This is mainly because social media reward starkness rather than subtlety. Besides making noise on Twitter and Facebook, they manage to strengthen their support base by reaffirming it about its political inclinations. Role […]

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Parliaments in regional organisations. What are they good for (absolutely nothing)?

A growing number of regional organisations such as the EU, Mercosur or the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has set up representative assemblies, or regional parliaments, in an attempt to increase their own democratic legitimacy. As the public demands more political accountability, regional parliaments have taken shape in great variance as regards design, […]

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