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Direct democracy to empower parliamentarism and public discourse

By Ralf-Uwe Beck / 30 July, 2019

Only with direct democracy as a complement to representative democracy the government power will really come from the people. Direct democracy strengthens representative democracy: it makes it more representative. Direct-democratic procedures encourage public discourse and thus also prevent populism. In an election we put our trust in democracy. This trust...

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A European Union that belongs to all its citizens

By Pierre Bauby / 23 April, 2019

Bringing all forces of society together – individuals as well as groups – is the best way to deal with those who want to create a battleground between economic and financial interests or between ideologies of closure and exclusion. Who owns Europe ? The first question we must ask ourselves...

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Build an open access database on ‘who owns Europe’

By Judith Clifton / 22 April, 2019

Whether a government or private enterprise should directly own and control an activity is at the heart of politics – that’s why the question ‘who owns Europe’ is an incredibly important one. But a lack of consistent, long-term data on public and private ownership makes it virtually impossible for citizens...

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Give people ownership!

By Sean Kippin / 21 April, 2019

Recent elections and the rise of populism show that the centre-left is losing ground. A ‘politics of ownership’, which gives power to citizens by involving them in the economy and in the affairs of the state, may provide a means of answering this difficult set of challenges. European Social Democracy...

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It’s time for a European market for values!

By Marco Senatore / 24 January, 2019

A European Market for Values may be a viable option to connect individuals, firms and local communities in Europe. It would make it possible to share best practices and, more in general, choose and foster moral, organisational and cultural values.   In the current juncture, the European project can only...

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The Welfare State Revisited

By José Antonio Ocampo / 1 November, 2018

Since the 1980s, two troublesome trends have affected the world economy. The first is the fairly widespread increase in income inequality. This includes the two major economies of the world (the United States and China) but also several European countries, not to say the former communist countries, which have experienced...

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Change living conditions to counter social chauvinism

By Oliver Nachtwey / 28 October, 2018

In the early 20th century, many thought leaders of Social Democracy were convinced that “new social risks” – such as demographic change – would shape the social conflict of the future. Instead of the conflict between capital and labour, the social question would increasingly play out in conflict and problems...

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GAFAM VERSUS EUROPEAN UNION

By Laurent Alexandre / 20 June, 2018

The influence of GAFAM outside the United States is a concern for the countries of the European Union. The decision about whether or not to introduce a digital tax for countries is a heated debate among member states. However, the impact of GAFAM seems to go beyond economic aspects. Laurent...

Whistleblowing: a matter of democracy

By Anna Myers / 13 February, 2018

The EU’s credibility in protecting whistleblowers relies on aiming high and strengthening democratic accountability across EU Member States. This can only be done by understanding that whistleblowing is fundamentally linked to freedom of expression and the public’s right to know. When the Council of Europe first examined whistleblowing in 2009,...

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"I know very few whistleblowers who regret their actions and that’s the case with me."

By Antoine Deltour / 24 January, 2018

An interview with Antoine Deltour, one of the two whistleblowers who caused the “LuxLeaks” scandal and winner of the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Special Award 2018. Following his appeal, the Luxembourg Court of Cassation decided, in mid-January, to overturn his conviction, recognising his status as a whistleblower.   An opportunity to discuss...

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