Portugal 2015: A alegoria da democracia / The allegory of democracy

Ainda não sabemos se o próximo governo vai durar até ao fim ou se vai implodir de forma semelhante ao que saiu das eleições de 2009 (também ele minoritário). Visivelmente, a esperança de vida do próximo governo é um tema de interesse para muitos observadores…

This is not the European project you are looking for

At the moment of writing, we still don’t know what the result of today’s referendum will be but that is starting to look accessory. It seems like over the past few weeks, several million parallel realities have taken over: in one of those realities, the…

David Cameron, that skilled magician

First things first, opinion polls failed miserably. After several weeks and months forecasting head-to-head results, the Conservatives elected almost 100 MPs more than Labour (despite a similar number of votes, particularities of a first-past-the-post system). Secondly, while the Tories’ victory will keep the prospect of…

Free speech extended, for the time being

On Friday I wrote about a draft law being prepared in the Portuguese parliament by the three ‘power parties’ (‘power parties’ in this context meaning the three political parties which have been part of the government since the current democratic system was installed; two of…

Guarding humanity against yet-unknown dangers

To pick up on a theme from a previous post, a meeting is being held in Geneva from 13 to 17 April in the framework of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) and on the subject of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). This is the…

No matter how much praise Sweden deserves…

Sweden’s decision to cancel an arms-selling deal with Saudi Arabia was applauded by human rights defenders. Sweden, which is seen as a paragon of democracy and respect for human rights, also has a large weapons industry. In 2014, Sweden was the world’s third largest weapons…

May the Force be with EU…because others are not

A few days ago in London, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, made a speech at Chatham House, the UK’s most influential foreign policy think tank.