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Having cleared away the empty champagne bottles of November 2019, this is a good moment to reflect on the future of democracy in the world: 1989, that magic moment in history, is now a whole generation away. And if the 20-year anniversary in 2009 showed first serious signs of doubt whether democratic capitalism was really the ‘end of history’, then 2019 is marked by a clear notion that liberal democracy is globally in retreat...
What was it that we wanted, what did we long for thirty years ago? What did we declare during the peaceful mass protests in the squares in November 1989? First of all, we wanted to trade communist dictatorship and tyranny for freedom. For freedom in the broadest sense. We promised that we would push freedom not only into the political system, not just into the economic and business environment, not just into education and...
Even those lovers of imperial nostalgia on the Tory benches in Westminster must be starting to wonder if it was really worth it. All those centuries of hegemony over that scraggy little island called Ireland. After all, Brexit was supposed to be easy, about taking back control and reassembling a ‘Global Britain’ to conquer the world. Instead, from a Brexiters perspective, the past three years have been filled with tiny...

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