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One thing the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted is that in a time of crisis, the most vulnerable are – yet again – the ones who take the biggest hit. That is why we have dedicated this first Progressive Post of 2021 to them: be they children, compelled to follow home-schooling, with all the difficulties and shortcomings this entails; be they adult learners, whose possibilities to continue their education have shrunk; be they migrants, who have completely dropped off the radars of public perception; or be it the entire world of care, both those who depend on it, and those who provide this care, often in the most difficult of circumstances, often with the least recognition financially and socially, and often – yet again – women and migrants.

And we continue with the reflection, launched in the previous issue, on the deep crisis in which today's capitalism is entrenched, and on the ways to move beyond this by reshaping the quality of growth. This means putting the weakest, as well as the planet, at the top of the post-pandemic priority list.

The EU’s multilateral ambitions: the why and the how

On 17 February, the High Representative Josep Borrell and the European Commission released a Joint Communication on strengthening the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism: on first sight a document in the continuity of previous ones, but also one that reveals important changes in how the EU sees itself on the international stage. One might question …

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Fighting precarity: a paradigm shift from equality-in-prosperity to solidarity-in-wellbeing

We stand at a pivotal point in history – one that contains the opportunity to replace the equality-in-prosperity formula of progressive politics with a new one: solidarity-in-wellbeing. For the past 100 years, the critique of capitalism has centred on unfair distributive outcomes (economic inequality), as well as the damage that consumerism and the commitment to …

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An opportunity for Catalonia

On 14 February, Catalonia has elected a new Parliament. This was the fourth snap election in the region in almost ten years, a clear illustration of the political instability that has become installed in this north-eastern region of Spain. It was also the last episode of a three-year-long internal fight between the two coalition partners …

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Three solutions for a European climate and jobs pact

This Call is launched by over 700 leading youth climate activists, climate scientists, unionists, economists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and politicians from all 27 members States, with support from over 1 million citizens (and counting).

New impetus for social dialogue in Europe

Social dialogue is an important prerequisite for a functioning European internal market that is balanced in terms of a social market economy. The action plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, presented by the European Commission today, 4 March, aims to contribute to strengthening this crucial social dialogue in Europe. When …

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Engels

Friedrich Engels, the underestimated

Imagine there was an Oscar this year for the best supporting role in the history of ideas. And the winner would be this boy from Barmen: Friedrich Engels, the eternal second. The younger of the two “spiritual twins”. That humble gentleman who said of himself that he was only playing the ‘second fiddle’, behind the …

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