Rui Tavares is a Portuguese writer, historian, and former Member of the European Parliament. He is a founder of the left-green-libertarian party LIVRE and the author of the documentary film Ulysses: Breaking the Spell of the Crisis to Save Europe.
The story of how people won back individual democratic rights from illiberal governments and designed institutions that would protect them for good.Read more
What does the future of the EU look like from Southern and Eastern Europe?Read more
In the face of rising national populism, rather than seeking to combat these forces on their own terms, Green and progressive politicians can instead turn to a far more effective rhetorical tool.Read more
Can Austria and Portugal provide clues as to which conditions are needed for progressive forces to flourish?Read more
In 2013, Rui Tavares, then Portuguese Member of the European Parliament among the Greens-EFA group, put forward a report that investigated the threats to fundamental rights that Orban’s government had given rise to in Hungary since 2010, and proposed mechanisms for a common European response to such actions, both in Hungary and potential future similar cases.Read more
So, what are the implications for the EU of a new socialist-led, but communist-green and leftist-supported, and ostensibly anti-austerity government in Portugal? I keep hearing this question; less frequently, the interrogation is sometimes accompanied by ‘is Portugal a new Greece’? Will there be a new conflict within the European Council, a new battle with the ECB, a new Varoufakis, and renewed talk of a Eurozone exit?Read more