Curbing migration rom Libya: are the EU and Italy heading in the right direction?

“Italy is saving Europe’s honour in the Mediterranean,” declared European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at his annual State of the Union address in mid-September. In addition to its long-standing e orts to rescue migrants at sea, the Italian government had also succeeded – with EU support – in bringing migrant crossings from Libya down...
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Curbing migration rom Libya: are the EU and Italy heading in the right direction? “Italy is saving Europe’s honour in the Mediterranean,” declared European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...

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Europe must protect human rights outside its borders regarding ship recycling and other sectors Pour la version française, cliquez ici European ships exported outside the EU for recycling...

Catalonia: The moment for politics, the moment for dialogue Pour la version française, cliquez ici Catalonia is experiencing a time of unprecedented political...

Re-thinking the EU’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian cross-conflict dialogue Pour la version française, cliquez ici The current EU approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian...

France’s continued pursuit of civil nuclear power is proving dangerous for Europe Pour la version française, cliquez ici In Europe, where nuclear power capacity has been...

The economic burden of West Bank settlements Pour la version française, cliquez ici The current perpetual stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations,...

How to grasp the full impact of the settlement on the Palestinian quest for self-determination Pour la version française, cliquez ici Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories loom...

The EU Global Strategy and the Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Last Call for the EU? If the EU is serious about support for Palestinian rights and wishes to act...

East Jerusalemites need to be a priority in any new strategy for the Israel-Palestinian conflict U.S. President Donald Trump’s December 6th announcement, in which he recognised Jerusalem as the...

No favourable winds for Brussels This could not have been the way in which European Commission President Jean Claude...

Brexit: EU and UK citizens’ rights The British government has come up with proposals to safeguard the rights of UK...

Europeans Not Wanted in Britain – The Ugly Side of Brexit While most focus in the UK-EU Brexit negotiations has been on the money that the...

The unbearable gravity of waiting Pour la version française, cliquez ici The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has spanned decades but is...

This type of asymmetric warfare can only be settled by international pressure Pour la version française, cliquez ici An interview with Elie Barnavi, historian, former Israeli...

A question of justice Pour la version française, cliquez ici A former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign...

Two states remains the only realistic solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace Pour la version française, cliquez ici Almost 25 years after the Oslo agreements, peace...

Europe must face the new realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Pour la version française, cliquez ici There has been a marked lack of progress...

Europe’s Israel-Palestinian Policy in the Trump era Pour la version française, cliquez ici Since the 1978 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, it...

Three ideas of what Europe could do Pour la version française, cliquez ici Europe has been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace...

The Catalan labyrinth: is there a way out? Pour la version française, cliquez ici Catalonia is mired in a labyrinth of separatist...

Portugal’s left wing coalition government is delivering stability and growth Pour la version française, cliquez ici Portugal currently has a Socialist government that is...

Portugal’s left wing coalition shows the way forward for Progressives Pour la version française, cliquez ici Portugal’s progressive government solution shows that a political...

Portugal’s left-wing success story Pour la version française, cliquez ici Following Portugal’s parliamentary elections on 4 October 2015,...

The Chaos Trumplifier It has only been a little more than 12 months since one of the...

A year after: Trump and transatlantic relations in a time of risk Almost a year into the Trump administration, uncertainty remains a hallmark of American foreign...

How Europe can contribute to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Europe has been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for over four decades. The...

Palestinian re-unification: What can Europe do? The Palestinian political system is heading towards a major crossroads as a result of...

Europe’s Israel-Palestinian Policy in the Trump Era Since the 1978 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, it has been a sine qua non...

How can the EU achieve better a work-life balance for its citizens? Pour la version française, cliquez ici Back in April, the European Commission came up...

Better work-life balance: Productive for businesses and employees Pour la version française, cliquez ici Tackling women’s underrepresentation in the labour market and...

Cross-business and intra-business wage inequality in Europe Pour la version française, cliquez ici Since the 2008 crisis, wage growth around the...

Europe needs a coordinated mix of fiscal and wage policies Pour la version française, cliquez ici Austerity policies coupled with rising inequality in Europe...

What kind of social Europe should we aim for? Pour la version française, cliquez ici To bring support towards Social Europe, it must...

After the tertiary sector, the middle class confronted with the digital sector Pour la version française, cliquez ici An interview with Daniel Cohen by Alain Bloëdt,...

The challenge of Europe: growth and social cohesion Pour la version française, cliquez ici The Great Recession and the errors in European...

We must introduce social considerations into the various economic policy mechanisms because social issues are not isolated from the economy Pour la version française, cliquez ici An interview with Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister of...

The EU: A ‘holding environment’ for social investment reform? Pour la version française, cliquez ici For national politicians wishing to break away from...

German Elections: Why did the Progressives fare badly and why did the AfD do so well? Pour la version française, cliquez ici The major shock in the German elections was...

The SPD after the federal election in 2017 Pour la version française, cliquez ici The SPD has lost the fight against Angela...

Reducing inequality: the key to a strong and cohesive Europe Pour la version française, cliquez ici In the face of pressures and tensions affecting...
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Eurozone Future: Playing the ball back to the member states The latest push to revive Eurozone reform efforts shows an EU-Commission capitulating in the...

Stabilitocracy is not democracy Serbia has its 5th government in the last 5 years and its 15th since...

EU leadership the best response to Trump climate challenge With the United States planning to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, EU leadership on...

Desires for a safer, cleaner world trump fear The decision by Donald Trump on 1st June to pull the US out of...

Serbian Elections: Victory of Regional (In)stability Despite being seen as a pro-EU leader and a factor of regional stability during...

Reflection on Serbia-EU relations The election of prime minister Aleksandar Vučić’s as the new Serbian president was almost...

Dealing with Overly Talkative Aeroplane Seatmates On June 7, the presidency of the strongest political party in Serbia that won...

Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed...

There are only anachronisms in today’s world A common criticism of the European technocrats is that they live in their own...

Progressivism is the best way to be a feminist. Feminism is the best way to be a Progressive! Real equality between women and men is the base of European values and of...

2019: The European Year of Faith? The Future of Europe was always a constant source of concern for those who...

Can the next European elections actually be about choosing alternative scenarios? The short answer is ‘yes’ but this requires a fundamental shift in terms of...

Can Progressives lead towards the establishment of a new kind of political coalition for the EU? In fully developed competitive democracies, elections generally are about choosing alternative scenarios. This being...

Progressives need to establish a (different) political coalition for the EU European elections not only can, but will certainly be about choosing alternative scenarios. Hopefully,...

Efficiency and equity: Implications for a new pattern of European integration Over the last few months the wind has positively changed in Europe. From the...

Europe has to be truly social and more democratic “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy,...

The time has come for Progressives to reclaim the process of EU integration 60 years after the Rome treaties, time has come for progressives to reclaim the...

Progressives must insist on democracy! Warm thanks to the FEPS for giving me this opportunity to affirm my fervent...
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The wind of anti-Europeanism is weakening Is the wind of anti-Europeanism really weakening? Looking at the results of the past...
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Where and why do we need policy coordination in Europe? The European Union was first and foremost a political project. It was meant to...

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Nothing is agreed until everything is lost? European citizens in Brexit negotiations Formal negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union are yet to begin. However,...
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Taxation: The key to European integration and Spanish cohabitation The process of European integration is clearly undergoing a difficult phase. Numerous proposals have...

Europe’s fiscal balancing act The European Union’s lack of fiscal harmonisation is one of its Achilles’ heels and...

Source the crowd, don’t rouse the rabble: Crowdsourcing as a modest response to populism Many political actors have experimented with ‘crowdsourcing’, or in other words, the testing and...

Europe is not ready for electronic voting When discussing electronic voting, it is very important that we look back on history....

Upgrading Democracy: The danger of privatisation Democracy finds itself at a crossroads. Our formal, official democracy is still operating in...
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After 10 years of economic crisis and austerity, the first signs of a European spring? It is ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-8. Ten years lost and...
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How the financial industry mobilised against the European Financial Transaction Tax Despite broad post-crisis support in Europe for a financial transaction tax, the financial industry...
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Putting Citizens First: Attributing the 73 UK seats at the 2019 European elections Brexit, unfortunate as it is, may nevertheless give rise to some fortunate opportunities for...
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Theresa May is trying to pre-empt Brexit difficulties – it could backfire! This blog originally appeared here  Theresa May has sprung an early election, breaking her...
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The European Pillar of Social Rights On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of...
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What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party? The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of...
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Party before country I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence...
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Brexit negotiations have begun – representing the views and interests of Millenials First, a declaration of interest. I am one of the 3 million European citizens...
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The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in...
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Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next? When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by...
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The project of Marine Le Pen will lead to benefits for the better off Although stigmatisation of foreigners has been the mainspring of the National Front since its...

Fluctuating democracy: the volatile state Does the 2017 presidential election not appear to have more in common with a...

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Shaping the campaign This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website The opinion polls currently point...
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Planet UK: news from another galaxy So now we know what the EU negotiating position on Brexit will be. To...
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Abortion politics and new pro-natalism in Turkey Since the 1960s, European countries have experienced a significant decline in fertility rates, which...

Erdogan’s referendum and the dangerous erosion of democracy in Turkey The rise of right wing populism has begun to be a serious problem in...

The last few weeks of an atypical campaign The spectre of a Mélenchon / Le Pen second round favoured Emmanuel Macron The...

The autocrat’s new clothes The outcome of the April 16 referendum in Turkey ushers in one of the...

A Troubled Outlook for the Country and Its Transatlantic Partnerships Turkey’s April 16th referendum confirmed and extended the sweeping powers President Erdoğan had already...
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The impact of Russia in national campaigns in the EU. Is the Bulgarian case an exception? Russia is back. What appears as a smart combination of diplomatic skills, traditional military...
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A European post-referendum “no” to authoritarianism The 16th of April will be remembered as a momentous date in Turkey’s modern...

How the EU can regain credibility and support Turkey’s democrats “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, the European Union has opened its door to Turkey,” European...

Post Referendum Turkey: is 51 bigger than 49? The day arrived and Turkey finally had its long-awaited referendum on April 16. The...

Europe is not a Foreign Affair! Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique...

Presidential election 2017: the dynamic Mélenchon A second round where Jean-Luc Mélenchon faces Marine Le Pen? Is this possible? How...

An obstacle course until… 18th June The successive trends amongst recent surveys have only served to confirm that the voter...
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Bulgarian elections 2017: More is less The biggest challenge after these elections will be the scrutiny and the accountability of...

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WiFi4EU: One step forward, two steps back? Internet connectivity is a key driver of social empowerment and an essential precondition for...
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Brexit and a New Deal for financial services One of the most important, and most controversial, elements of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations...
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Looking for a different Europe – reflections and perspectives The following text is transcribed and translated from a speech by Nicolas Schmit during...

A democrat’s conviction Memory is a rucksack which we carry on our backs. Some of us feel...
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A coconut shy election The French presidential election in reality began on Monday 20 March upon conclusion of...
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Digital work and politics: What impact will “Work 4.0” have on the world of work and politics? Inevitable consequences Digitisation is a fact. Its impact on the working world is often...

There is still no alternative: Germany’s “Schwarze Null” and its discontents In 2017, Germany will run a balanced budget for the fourth year in a...
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2007 – 2017: Ten years of “marino-lepen-ism” To truly understand the determination and drive which carries Marine Le Pen and analyse...

Progressive policies for EU growth and equity This text is based on thoughts presented by Stephany Griffith-Jones at the FEPS conference...

Which powers back to the Member States? With the White Paper on the Future of Europe, presented on 1 March (here),...

Poland versus the EU – another battle done, while the struggle is still far from being over… The last summit ended with observers shaking their heads with disbelief. It was the...
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Explaining the Martin Schulz phenomenon At first glance, the resurrection of the German SPD looks like a miracle. Only...

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Devastating defeat for Labour; where do we go from here? The results of the elections on 15th March show an unprecedented loss of 29...

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Uncertainties: how to define the 2017 presidential election For several weeks now, commentators and polling institutes have repeatedly highlighted the low voter...
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The World’s First Transnational Democracy The Treaty of Rome was born in a time of deep crisis. After failed...

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Five Scenarios For Europe But No Clear Positioning On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’...

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Turning Surplus into a Social Benefit Consumer goods waste is worth billions of euros every year. However, current tax legislation...

British Politics in times of Brexit – where do we go from here? For the first time in the history of the European Union (EU) a member...

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From the frying pan into the fire. Migration: after Turkey, the EU turns to Libya About one year ago, the attention of the EU focused, as far as the...

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New report on the state of populism in Q2 2016 The new analysis of Policy Solutions shows that in the second quarter of 2016...

Trade requires rules Globalisation is not a destiny to which we must yield without question. It can...

On the Campaign Trail The 2016 US presidential campaign has entered the home stretch with Hillary Clinton holding...

US Elections: The Post-Policy Campaign One thing about this election campaign is clear: the policy positions of the candidates...

The most ‘successful’ populist parties in government In this analysis of Policy Solutions, the performance of the most popular populist parties...

Populism in Q1 2016: new analysis on the Progressive Post After a seemingly inexorable rise, the populist surge that has characterised most of Europe...

State of populism in 2015: Annual report released FEPS and Policy Solutions released its first report on the state of populism in...

Analysis: The Future Starts Now! 3 Inspiring Lessons from the FEPS Millennial Dialogue We should not expect the millennial generation to become like us – were the...

Reflections on Brexit – Implications for the Future of Europe The outcome of the UK vote on its membership of the European Union is...

The Impact of the British Referendum on European Affairs The decision undertaken by British voters to leave the European Union will soon produce...

Brexit and a Divided Country There are plenty of lessons to take away from the UK’s vote to leave...

Opportunities for Reforming EU Common Security and Defence At first sight, it seems obvious that the EU would be weakened as an...

Brexit will not be the end of the European Project, but European leaders must understand its message The moment when the last ballots cast were counted and revealed that the “Leave”...

France and the Brexit: in search of leadership For France, and its President, dealing with the Brexit is a high risk, high...

Keep Calm and Rewrite the Rules of the European Union The negative result of the UK-EU Referendum is the biggest signal for leaders to...

The populism tracker : the new progpost partnership The Populism Tracker of The Progressive Post aims at becoming the most comprehensive rubrique...

Launch of the magazine At a time when many turn their back on the European Union, progressive European...

The Need for a Basic Income Policy in Europe The idea of basic income, once tepidly welcomed in social-democratic circles, is now gaining...

Millennials and the 2016 Election The Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 2000, is now the largest living...

State of the Race: The General Election Begins The Democratic primary is finally over. Hillary Clinton won decisively in California and New...

Gender equality votes in the European Parliament A narrow left-leaning majority in the European Parliament says the Commission has watered down...

Millennial Dialogue Engaging and creating a better understanding of the priorities and values of millennials   with...

The Left in Governement May resonates in the history of the French Left (Front populaire, election of F. Mitterrand)....

Uncharted Territory: A Contested Republican Convention The contemporary model for a party nominating convention in the United States is a...

The Year of the Anti-Establishment Insurgent The anti-establishment campaigns of Sanders and Trump certainly share some common elements. Both Sanders...

Race, Religion and other social issues in the 2016 campaign Donald Trump has dominated this campaign since his announcement speech in which he labelled...

The New Politics of Trade Regardless of the ultimate outcome in November, there is no question that campaigns of...

On the Campaign Trail The most unpredictable of presidential campaigns took another unexpected turn when Ted Cruz and...

Turning a crisis into an opportunity One can not condemn the reaction of some European citizens to refugees, without attempting...

Social democracy in Poland: Past, present, future Does the Polish Centre-Left have a chance in a state that is governed by...

Basic income: Feasible for the future The idea of an unconditional basic income is in fashion. From Finland to Switzerland,...

The need for a european unemployment insurance In this issue, former EU Commissioner László Andor has once again made a powerful...

European unemployment: Addressing concerns Since 2012, when the reform of the EMU began, the possibility of and need...

European values only for europeans? EU’s responsibility in handling the refugee crisis EU must go further in developing a real common European asylum system otherwise the...

Myth & grim reality: austerity an economic recovery in Europe The Austerity Doctrine Barely two months into 2016 talk of “Grexit” returns, the ECB...

The realities of digital democracy A cyber-realist (as opposed to cyber-utopian or cyber-dystopian) perspective regarding how Internet-based communication technologies...

On The Campaign Trail Tuesday’s New York primary produced big wins for the two frontrunners, ending what had...

On the Campaign Trail For those who believed the election of President Barack Obama heralded the dawn of...

On the Campaign Trail: State of the Race After Super Tuesday With the dust still settling from Super Tuesday, it is clear that there has...

Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire The 2016...

Investing in Education more than in the Coast Guard! Were you surprised by these attacks? We must stop believing that this phenomenon is...

EU Referendum Puts Britain’s Importance in India at Risk A potential Brexit will not really impact Britain’s relations with India. But it could...

EU Referendum: A Moment of Confounding Significance An ‘in-out’ referendum on UK membership of the European Union in 2016 could fall...

EU Referendum: Übermensch Escapism, and Anglo-American-European Solidarity Someday we ought to make a list of those great debates that serve as...

The EU Referendum and Why China is Concerned About It For the Chinese media, President Xi’s forthcoming visit to Britain is the biggest concern,...

Better in than Out: A Catalonian Point of View Citizens of the United Kingdom will be asked to decide whether or not the...

Corbyn and Europe The remarkable insurgency that led to Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in Labour’s ensuing leadership election...

Europe and the Future of the United Kingdom The issue of the United Kingdom’s place in the European Union has become deeply...

Why Corbyn’s Election has European implications – Irish Perspective When asked about the impact of the 1789 French Revolution by President Nixon in...

The use of Direct Democracy in the European Union All EU countries are able to hold referenda, but practice varies considerably, depending on...

Don’t Expect a Domino Effect: A Swedish Perspective From a Swedish point of view the debate on Brexit and the prospects of...

Facing Europe’s British Question Brexit would change not only the UK and its place in the world but...

Brexit: Economic Opportunity or Economic Suicide? Sometime next year or at the latest in 2017, the British public will vote...

Britain – The “Awkward” Partner The debate over Britain’s relationship with the EU is not new. Britain has been...

The United Kingdom is Losing Influence in Brussels I am not a prophet and I am not in the position to anticipate...

Is the Fight Against Climate Change the Last Possible Success of Multilateralism? Multilateralism is often regarded as slow and ineffective. Yet, is there any other way...

The EU Referendum and the United Kingdom’s Migration Policy At a time of political turmoil in the United Kingdom with the election of...

Climate Finance is the Cornerstone of the Paris Summit We have talked a great deal about climate change over the past decade as...

Action on Climate Change will Deepen Inequality Globally Climate change and the evolution of inequalities are closely linked and must be assessed...

Peeling Back the Layers Delivering on climate financing pledged for developing countries at the 2009 UN climate talks...

Global Warming and the Fight Against Poverty: A Common Cause When it comes to navigating the murky waters of climate change, we are not...

Paris Climate Talks Offer Direct Route to Zero-carbon Economies In comparison to COP15 in Copenhagen (2009) there is much more optimism on the...

Energy Transition and Market Pragmatism The arguments Fergus Green lays out in this working paper clearly demonstrate that clean...

Climate and EU-UK referendum, appeal for leadership in Europe Appeal for action – Last chance for a real deal to address the defining...

The Consequence of the EU Referendum Brexit would be bad for Britain and it would be bad for Europe. Those...

We Have a World to Transform At the end of September, the United Nations adopted its ‘Agenda 2030’, providing a...

International Climate – Cooperation is critical, but not for the reasons you might think It is often assumed that comprehensive international cooperation is essential to tackling climate change....

The Circular Economy Opportunity Today’s linear economy – in which resources are extracted, made into products, sold and...

Do Progressive Economics Still Influence Politics? Economic ideas always have the potential to influence politics, but the relationship is hardly...

Beyond Incomes – Social Inequalities The North Atlantic financial crisis and the severe economic slowdown which is afflicting several...

A Europe that Dares Rosetta is Europe’s Apollo programme. The Rosetta mission was launched in 2004 with the...

The Challenges of United Nations Reform and the European Union’s Role “The Charter of the United Nations is a solid structure upon which we can...

Safety Nets and Social Ladders: Overcoming Inequality in Education When it comes to education in Europe, the evidence is clear: not all children...

Turkey: Inequality and the Need for Investment As a recent OECD report has underlined, there is immense inequality in Turkey, whether...

Inequality: A Challenge for Capitalism and Democracy Inequality is the greatest social and economic challenge faced by advanced industrial nations today....

How is China Reacting Towards Growing Inequalities? China’s economic success story started after escaping from a collective, equalitarian and closed society...

What Horizontal Inequalities are and Why They Matter Horizontal inequality (HI) is inequality among groups, in contrast to the more common understanding...

Inequality as a Health Hazard The chronic stress of competition for social status and rank is taking a toll...

Inequality, Wealth, and Capital Inequality has become one of the major debating points among economists since the advent...

It is Possible to Eliminate Tax Havens if the Political Will Exists to do so Interview by Jacques Docquiert Camille Landais is severely critical of the growing influence of...

Cohesion is the Key to Fostering Gender Equality While the gender pay gap has shrunk in recent years, many European women have...

The Mainstream Parties Have to Answer their Voters Queries: What is your take on the evolution of the Finns Party (former True...

Re-industrialization and Migrants Integration Should be Debated at Longer Term Queries: What is your view on social inequalities in Europe, what are the differences...

The Eurozone and the Great Gatsby Curve The significant rise of income inequality in Europe and the U.S. since the 1970’s...

Decent Work To Tackle Inequalities in Europe We know that the quality of work defines in so many ways the quality...

Recent and Long Term Trends In Income Distribution and Wages In the last years there has been increasing attention to the changes that have...

Digital Single Market Ontology A digital shift is taking place. Innovation is changing our lives. The effects of...

Beyond Economic Inequality The economic crisis that engulfed Europe was partially due to a failure to correctly...

Raising Climate Ambition Through Forests Paris climate talks should help end natural forest loss, the biggest, cheapest and fastest...

Thoughts on Approaching a Digital Union Digitization can help us challenge social inequalities and discrimination, create jobs and help Europe...

Online Retail: The Missing Piece in Europe’s Jigsaw European law has come a long way in reconciling itself with online retail, says...

Why Common Sense is not Always What it Seems The resilience of neo-liberalism in Europe’s public policy debate is puzzling. One would have...

Four Observations on Mainstream Economics In the wake of the Great Financial Crisis (GFC), we frequently observe the total...

European Culture: The Controlling Hand of Big Business It may be hard to define, but the idea that Europeans share common cultural...

An Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis Both the UNHCR and Amnesty international have deplored the thousands of deaths of people...

Ecological and Social Sustainability go Hand in Hand Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this figure is...

EP-elections: This is all about the left The election in Hungary has ended in a clear victory for the governing Fidesz....

The forward march of Europe halted? For Greece these elections had a much more national than European character. The very...

A pro-european groundswell In contrast to the majority of EU member states, Belgium organised three elections on...

In the middle of Europe The result of the elections in Austria was very similar to the European trend:...

The Music of Democracy British conductor Sir Roger Norrington is worried about growing signs of Euro-scepticism and the...

Ukraine: A mid-crisis assesment The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The country is chartering unknown and...

Saving a broken euro As we survey the damage from the years of crisis and recession in Europe...

Advocating a truly preventive policy on employment The new General Secretary of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is keenly committed to...

Subsidiarity: Meeting the challenge of a changing world In an era of globalisation, the EU policy mechanism of subsidiarity offers European citizens...

UKIP: Much ado about nothing In the aftermath of the European elections, most of the headlines were shouting about...

A national game changer – and a european pregnancy One of the two biggest parties comes from the right-of-centre. That has been the...

Low voter turnout despite high stakes The main impact of the European elections in Spain has been a resounding repudiation...

A paradoxical EP election A swing of the electorate to the left brought victory to the moderate part...

The Eu as a different galaxy? The 2014 elections are something like a final warning for the EU: if it...

The social democratic party made romanians vote pro-european The results of the European elections in Romania confirmed the fact that the Social...

Reality’s new clothes The Portuguese view of Europe is split. First, for the majority of Portuguese non-voters,...

How Ukraine influenced the polish vote 25 years after introducing the democratic reforms and 10 years after joining the EU...

Mainstreaming populism Despite the surprising national vote in the Netherlands, the results of the European elections...

European election, national confidence A large crowd gathered to celebrate victory outside the headquarters of the Malta Labour...

European elections in Luxembourg: Issues, impact and interests Ever since the introduction of direct universal suffrage, in 1979, the European elections have...

Lithuania’s youth shoots itself in the foot The European Parliament elections in Lithuania this year were held jointly with the second...

The Voice of the Europeans who are not there With more than half of MEPs returning to their offices, it is tempting to...

Behind the victory The results of the European elections have shaken up the political scene in Italy...

Labour gets a ‘Shellacking’ as Sinn Féin rises Ireland alone in the EU will not return MEPs to the S&D grouping. However,...

Bulgaria remains politically moderate Euroscepticism and far-right nationalism did not manage to win in Bulgaria. None of the...

Fairer taxation for a fairer society An estimated one trillion euros are lost every year due to tax fraud and...

Have we accurately assessed the challenge of climate change? Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and professor of climatology at...

New trade agreements: A threat to democracy The proposed new trade agreements, the TPP for the Pacific region and the proposed...

Parliaments and the EMU: a crossroads for Europe? Parliaments clearly have a significant role to play in the reformed governance of the...

From welder to progressive leader From 1925 to 2006, the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) had five different leaders,...

Taking on the fight for gender equality From an early childhood in the Moroccan countryside, to the post of France’s Minister...

“Ceci n’est pas une crise” We have to educate people and fight the nationalistic knee-jerk reactions that make rich...

Post Democracy: the challenge for Europe Changes in society, the economy and class identities are creating a ‘post-democracy’ in Europe,...