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October 2015

The exodus to Europe: has migration highlighted a European crisis of social solidarity?
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Following the summer's Greek crisis, the influx of refugees and migrants has highlighted disagreements in the EU and raised questions about our desire and our ability to come to common agreement. A debate on Grexit, Brexit, humanism, pragmatism, the East/West divide and how to move forwards.
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Enduring legacies: Ernst van Alphen on transgenerational trauma and approaches to the memoralisation of the Holocaust and the Gulag
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We all know about the Holocaust, but how much do we know about the Gulag and how many of us still live with the terror these two human catastrophes engendered. Ernst van Alphen looks at their different histories and the different traumata they caused, tracing the development of these through the victims to their children and grandchildren.
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A betrayal of human rights?
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Despite many states having been signatories to the European Convention of Human Rights for more than 60 years, persecution of many different types continues to raise its ugly head in Europe. This debate looks at what role human rights play in our politics and asks how much we can trust our politicians to stand up for these rights.
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Beyond the public sphere, towards the commons
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Italian revolutionary philosopher Antonio Negri speaks in Warsaw on social models and the commons, critiquing the current state of affairs and proposing his own models for empowering the multitudes and overcoming the power of capital.
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Sustainable development goals?
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As the United Nations moves on from its Millenium Development Goals and looks to the new Sustainable Development Goals programme, Depot asks how much faith we should have in these targets, what the original programme achieved and what we can realistically expect from its successor.
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Is solidarity in Europe fading?
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The nationalist right is on the up and negative headlines make the running, and yet, polls show that support for the EU is recovering and spontaneous displays of consensus in matters such as the Charlie Hebdo assassinations bear witness to our continued ability to empathise and to work together. How then to reconcile these seeming contradictions, is solidarity fading or are we merely witnessing a series of fraternal disputes?
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