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Mind the Gap: populism and gender

By Giulia Zacchia / 9 April, 2019

The challenge for Progressive forces to regain their constituencies calls for a revigorated focus on social issues in order to counteract socioeconomic inequalities. Bear in mind that most citizens are women! Since the 1990s, the gender gap in voting behaviour have been realigning in advanced industrial societies with women being...

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Social Democracy: daring to be more radical

By Fabien Escalona / 11 March, 2019

Social Democracy, as a family of political parties, is in the midst of an existential crisis. Its unity, its long-term future and the status of its members on the political scene are under threat. To remain true to the cause that saw them emerge in response to the industrial capitalism...

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The way forward: a Popular Front

By Paul Mason / 11 March, 2019

Paul Mason argues that the Left needs to draw inspiration from the 1930s ‘popular front’ idea and increase their prospects of gaining power by forming red-red-green alliances.   To fight the resurgent right effectively, we need to understand what is driving it. For me it is not about economic performance...

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Wanted: a programme for the Left

By Eva Illouz / 11 March, 2019

The political Left finds its source in two struggles: one against the exploitation of human labour, the other for the emancipation of disenfranchised groups and individuals. The first is identified as the socialist Left, the second as the liberal Left. The first emphasises economic policies of redistribution and the regulation...

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Young women to sweep Social Democrats back in force

By Alazne Irigoien / 25 February, 2019

Standing up for young women could make a difference in the upcoming elections. Putting women and gender equality at the centre of EU politics, adopting social policies with a strong gender perspective and implementing gender balance systematically would help to achieve the objective of “a Europe of gender equality and...

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Support local culture, increase accessibility

By Karolina Ziolo-Puzuk / 16 January, 2019

Culture remains a sensitive mechanism that responds quickly when a political or social change occurs, even before it becomes apparent to the wider public. Therefore some radical governments may feel the need to control culture in order to suppress its natural tendency of being a social negative/positive change barometer. The...

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A culture of diversity

By Ricard Zapata-Barrero / 16 January, 2019

The increasingly diverse population (of cultures, nationalities, languages, religions, etc.) in our cities is a direct consequence of globalisation and the human mobility it brings. States assume that this diversification must be managed, because without intervention it tends to generate ideological extremisms, political fragmentation, social division, daily xenophobia and racism....

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Toward a Progressive Understanding of Culture: Language, Policies and Vision

By Mafalda Dâmaso / 4 January, 2019

To build public faith in democracy throughout Europe, Progressives must deliver policies of redistribution as well as recognition. Culture is key in this regard.   When they are asked about their vision for the future – both for their states as well as for the European Union – Progressives immediately...

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European elections 2019: can the SPD recover ?

By Jana Faus / 28 October, 2018

After the SPD’s historically low result in the November 2017 federal elections, the German Social Democrats entrusted the analysis of the defeat to a commission of 5 experts, who presented their more than 100 pages strong report Aus Fehlern lernen (‘learning from errors’) to the public in June 2018. Amongst...

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The Polish left and the Poland’s women’s fight for survival

By Krystyna Kacpura / 28 October, 2018

Polish women are literally fighting for their lives. The present women’s movement in Poland, illustrated by the Black Protests, represents a challenge to the right-wing government and anti-gender groups who mobilise against policies of equality, women’s reproductive rights and anti-discrimination. It is also an opportunity for the Left to come...

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