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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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Ireland…Finally

By Lizzie O’Shea / 28 October, 2018

On 25 May 2018, when Irish voters flocked to support the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the constitution, the women of Ireland won reproductive rights that had been taken from them three decades prior. They also provided inspiration to women fighting for their rights all around the world. Reproductive...

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Paradoxes of the Slovak Left

By Boris Zala / 26 June, 2018

SMER- Social Democracy is a successful political party but its paradox is that it is not able to address the younger generation, progressive urban strata and more civic and green thinking people. This is simply because of the conservative rhetoric and public narrative of its leaders, particularly its long standing...

The State of Left in the Visegrad group : The left succeeds when people start believing in a better future

By Vladimír Špidla / 26 June, 2018

Political developments in the Czech Republic are not regionally specific. They are part of a broader development of modern society. It resembles developments such as in Italy. Key features of these developments are weak parties, a feeling of distrust about the future and a fear of change. Vladimír Špidla, a...

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Poland’s Left: Fragmented and in disarray

By Maria Skóra / 20 June, 2018

In the 2015 parliamentary elections, the results of the Polish Left were not good enough to enable them to win seats in the Polish parliament. Today, the biggest problem on the path towards challenging the governing national-conservative PiS party is that left wing parties are fragmented. Maria Skora looks back...

To reunite, we must restore the basics of human cooperation: Trust

By Kathleen Van Brempt / 7 March, 2018

For some years now, we have been living in a highly polarised society, where opposite world views and clashing identities divide us. This division is experienced by most people in the form of deep distrust: distrust in ‘the other’, in institutions, economic agents and banks, political parties and government, law...

Prioritising People and Planet a New Agenda for Global Progress

By FEPS / 5 March, 2018

Never before in human history has the pace of change been so rapid. The nexus of new scientific advances, technological leaps, digitalisation, major demographic changes, and an intensifying globalisation, is impacting our lives with unprecedented force. What is more, a number of developments, including climate change, migration, and urbanisation are...

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Portugal’s left wing success story

By Pedro Nuno Santos / 15 December, 2017

Following Portugal’s parliamentary elections on 4 October 2015, the Socialist Party (PS) was forced to take a decision: either to join the right-wing parties (PSD and CDS) in a grand coalition or to nd an alternative solution that would allow a left-wing majority in Portugal’s Parliament.   Given the country’s...

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Portugal’s left wing coalition government is delivering stability and growth

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 23 November, 2017

Portugal currently has a Socialist government that is underpinned by an agreement between all political forces on the left of the country’s political spectrum. The agreement has made it possible to achieve a political union of all the left wing parties. In government, these parties have delivered stability and growth....