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The way forward: a Popular Front

By Paul Mason / 23 May, 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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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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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...

Manufacturing Dissent? Fake-news, Micro-targeting and Democracy

By Maria João Rodrigues / 18 February, 2019

For this edition of the Progressive Post, we decided to focus on digital democracy. The European elections are nearing, and as a politician, I am looking forward to them. Elections are the hallmark of our democracy and a moment of optimism. But I am also vigilant, because it seems that...

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By Maria João Rodrigues / 3 December, 2018

This edition focuses on the digital revolution. The term revolution evokes images of peoples’ uprisings against the powers that be. What strikes me these days, is that the most ardent supporters of the digital revolution are multinational companies that invest heavily in new technologies such as artificial intelligence. That leaves...

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Could regular migration reduce irregular migration?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 27 October, 2018

The numbers are clear. According to the International Organization for Migration, the arrivals of refugees and migrants in Europe by sea have been declining since last year. It is no longer possible to hide behind the pretext of the “crisis” to justify the EU’s and its Member States’ political incapability...

The elephant in the European room: the budget

By Nicolas Leron / 14 February, 2018

Much more than a question of the macroeconomic stabilisation of a sub-optimal monetary zone, the question of the European budget remains a constitutive element of the political community. The EU is suffering from a crisis in public power which requires a budgetary leap of faith: a budget that is able...

The EU-Africa partnership and migration should top our progressive political agenda

By Antony Beumer / 13 February, 2018

Overcoming the challenges of migratory flows and an effective EU refugee policy are pre-conditions for the survival of the European Union. Socialists and Social Democrats should step out of their comfort zone and make an effective and progressive migration management policy and the EU-Africa partnership a top priority in the...

To enter the labour market, a challenge for millennials

By Massimiliano Mascherini / 13 February, 2018

While the figures are improving, it is still difficult for millennials to enter the labour market and an increase in long term youth unemployment is one of the more visible effects of the crisis. Empowering young people by creating favourable conditions for them to develop their talents and to actively...

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