Nadia Urbinati

Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution and the impact of Beppe Grillo’s blog on Italian politics reveal how “Internet democracy” has opened a new phase of democratic innovation. The relationship between citizens and politicians may never be the same again.

If the patrolling of borders unites European peoples more solidly than European “universal values”, what hope for the European Union? Nadia Urbinati argues that issues raised by the coming European elections go to the very heart of the pact that defined the post-war democratic rebirth.