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With the groan of a man, George Floyd, humanity shivers with racism, so does Europe

By Cécile Kashetu Kyenge / 29 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has prompted Europe to question its own racism, even if it does not always seem that easy. Racism needs to be understood as an ideology that puts one human group over one or more other groups, with abusive behaviour as a logical consequence. But it...

Rethinking economic reconstruction in Europe

By Lukas Hochscheidt / 23 June, 2020

Only a true paradigm shift can make Europe’s economies crisis-proof and address increasing wealth gaps. The European Union needs to turn away from restrictive fiscal rules, and expand its own resources as well as public investment. The famous board game Monopoly teaches children from the earliest age the driving principles...

Black Lives Matter: a new moment for transformation

By Neera Tanden / 18 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has propelled the largest sustained protest movement in the history of the United States. It was the final straw in bringing about widespread, focused, and multiracial opposition after years and years of endemic police brutality, systemic racism, and divisive politics. The sheer scale of it,...

Three solutions for a European climate and jobs pact

By Pierre Larrouturou / 8 June, 2020

How to fund the recovery plan, how to make the Green Deal Succeed? Here are the answers provided by MEP Pierre Larrouturou, general rapporteur for the next EU budget, who is one of the 30 initiators and 700 public figures who support the “European Call: 3 solutions for climate and...

Europe needs immigration – and common rules to manage it

By Piero Fassino / 6 June, 2020

The Italian government has recently adopted a regularisation measure for 200,000 hitherto irregular migrants. The decision was taken for two reasons: on one side to prevent the Covid19 pandemic from spreading to a population living in precarious conditions, by allowing access to the healthcare system as well as the possibility...

The path forward is green

By Dan Jorgensen / 6 June, 2020

Humanity is under severe pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, and few are unscathed. Our first priority is always to protect citizens and to safeguards people’s livelihoods so that when the storm has passed, we can confront the future together. However, the window of opportunity to act on climate change will...

Money for nature: bridging the green funding gap

By Ludovic Suttor-Sorel / 3 June, 2020

The European Green Deal sets a pathway for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular and biodiversity-friendly economy. But how to fund this transition? With appropriate incentives and information, a part of the transition can be achieved. Meanwhile, for projects that do provide public value, but which are not financially...

Women’s and LGBTQ+ rights: authoritarian’s ugly face revealed during Covid19

By Caroline Hickson / 3 June, 2020

Europeans need to fight two viruses, simultaneously and equally vehemently: the new coronavirus, a biological virus attacking our bodies, and the political virus which is attacking our fundamental rights and our democracies. The diverging responses to the COVID-19 crisis by the governments of different EU countries powerfully highlight how authoritarianism rhymes...

A new generation pact for a sustainable and resilient European economy

By Nuno Almeida Eça / 29 May, 2020

The corona pandemic had demonstrated some of the fragilities of our current economic system. Like CO2-emissions, the virus does not care about borders. It affects a country independently of its economic situation and it puts at risk the health of all citizens. However, the poorest and the most vulnerable are...

We can’t return to normal because the past normal was precisely the problem

By Nancy Yuk / 29 May, 2020

As the commission has laid out its proposal for an ambitious COVID-19 recovery plan of 750 billion Euro – which rightly prioritises solidarity and action – more than a common debt will be needed to tackle the climate issue. The EU should not, and cannot, afford to forget what Ursula...

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