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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....

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Portugal’s left wing coalition shows the way forward for Progressives

By Maria Freitas / 23 November, 2017

Portugal’s progressive government solution shows that a political alternative to the so-called ‘grand coalition’ is possible. Uniting left wing parties into a strategic partnership also demonstrates that breaking away from austerity is feasible and that progressive policies are conducive to economic growth.   Two years ago, few people would have...

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Portugal’s left-wing success story

By Pedro Nuno Santos / 23 November, 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 find an alternative solution that would allow a left-wing majority in Portugal’s Parliament.   Given the country’s...

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The SPD after the federal election in 2017

By Fedor Ruhose / 30 October, 2017

The SPD has lost the fight against Angela Merkel and her CDU for the fourth time in a row. The worst result since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany has a new element to it even for crisis-hardened social democrats. The party must look at the causes of...

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Stabilitocracy is not democracy

By Miloš Đajić / 14 July, 2017

Serbia has its 5th government in the last 5 years and its 15th since the introduction of the multi-party system in 1990. Since 2012 it has actually been essentially the same government led by the same man, who is intent on destroying democracy and democratic institutions, while concentrating power around...

Ones to watch: Bohuslav Sobotka

By Bohuslav Sobotka / 24 January, 2017

What were your main motivations to start a political career? When the Velvet Revolution happened in 1989, I was a grammar school student and I do not remember the atmosphere during that time any more. There was a mass conviction that all the necessary changes, essentially economic transformation, would be...

Youth Participation in EU Elections is Falling: Differences across Member States

By Doru Frantescu / 5 October, 2016

Data from the last European elections shows a sharp decrease in the turnout of young people voting. Even more worryingly, the gap between the participation of the oldest generation and the youngest one is widening. While an opposite trend can be observed in some of the Member States such as...