Ernst Stetter

Ernst Stetter was nominated as Secretary General of the newly created Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) on January 30th 2008. He is also a regular commentator on EU affairs in the media. In 1976 Ernst Stetter began his professional career as a lecturer in economics at the DGB Trade Union Centre for Vocational Training in Heidelberg. From 1980 to 2008 he worked for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in various positions. He spent the first four years at the FES as a Consultant in Dakar, Senegal. In 1988, Ernst Stetter was appointed as Head of the Africa Department. In 1994 he started working as Head of the Central Europe Unit. In 1997 he moved to Paris and became the Director of the FES Office in France while in 2003 he was appointed as Director of the EU-Office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Brussels. Ernst Stetter is an economist and political scientist. He studied in Tübingen and Heidelberg (Germany) focusing on international trade, finance, economic and social policy as well as development issues. In 1980 he obtained his PhD in political science for his dissertation entitled The Association of ACP-Countries (Lomé I and II) to the European Community and the STABEX-System. In 2003 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite.

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European Progressives and the possible way forward

Citizens are no longer making the choice between the Left and Right but rather between the democratic system and the anti-democratic system.


UNited for a different European migration policy

Migration is on top of the political agenda – but there is still no movement towards a coherent and comprehensive European solution.

Why does Africa matter for Europe?

The EU and Africa both need a wide-ranging partnership agreement. Ernst Stetter, the Secretary General of the Foundation for Progressive Studies, explains why.

Europe is not a Foreign Affair!

Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique opportunity for Europe to review the path of what has been achieved so far and to look for future endeavours to undertake. The purpose of today’s blog is not to comment again on this. There has been enormous debate in recent …

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Progressive leadership

This article was published by The Fabian Society The electoral year in Europe started last week with national elections in the Netherlands. French presidential elections will follow in April and May and in autumn there will be German federal elections and parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Progressive parties in all these countries …

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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’ on the future of Europe to the European Parliament in Brussels. The White Paper presents a range of scenarios for how the European Union could evolve within the next decade(s). ‘What future do we want for ourselves, for our children and …

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Launch of the magazine

Download the German press release At a time when many turn their back on the European Union, progressive European think-tank FEPS looks towards the future with the launch on the 25th of May 2016 of a new European and progressive magazine, “THE PROGRESSIVE POST”. Published in three languages, French, English and German, this new quarterly …

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