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Horizons and demarcation lines: what are the relevant cleavages for the next political battles?.jpg

Horizons and demarcation lines

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 October, 2019

From today’s perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of Central and Eastern Europe chose a democratic path and reunification with the West. Soon...

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Strengthening social policies to counter nationalists

By Laurent Berger / 12 September, 2019

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges for Progressives to regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Laurent  Berger, the new president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) on the burning issues of our...

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The new European Parliament: tackling the triple injustice of climate change

By Céline Charveriat / 6 September, 2019

The recent election to the European Parliament marked a turning point in the EU’s history: for the first time, rising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation became a significant factor in electoral choices. Climate change and social inequality, however, are linked. We are faced with a multiple injustice that...

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It’s time for systemic change

By Saïd El-Khadraoui / 5 September, 2019

The next legislature will be crucial in putting the transition in motion towards a low-carbon and circular economy and socially inclusive society and turn the many challenges into opportunities. There is no ‘invisible hand’ that will bring us to our destination, that’s why the transition will have to be managed...

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“The technocratic approach is not credible anymore” – real debate is needed

By Luuk van Middelaar / 4 September, 2019

In his recent book, Alarums and Excursions – improvising politics on the European stage, the Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar analyses how a decade of crises – from the financial chaos of the euro and the Greek sovereign debt, the conflicts with Russia over Ukraine, unprecedented levels of refugees from...

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“Citizens need to organise against the social media regime”

By Vincent Mosco / 12 August, 2019

Big Tech and governments are creating a powerful system of surveillance capitalism. But Vincent Mosco sees alternatives: citizens’ mobilisation, applying anti-monopoly legislation, breaking the likes of Google and Facebook and European alternatives are amongst them. Progressive Post: In your book ‘Becoming Digital’, you analyse the convergence of different technologies (Internet...

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Tightening the knot

By Tom Dobber / 18 June, 2019

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) killing democracy? The short answer is no. Not yet. However, AI does affect core principles of democratic societies. Let us take a look at one fundamental pillar of democracies: elections. Elections are preceded by a campaign period in which voters find themselves on a marketplace of...

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Resisting surveillance

By Shoshana Zuboff / 7 June, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ explores a new step in the history of capitalism, where big tech, and increasingly other branches of the economy, are making profits with data, extracted from citizens without their consent, and transformed into raw material for behaviour predictions – with destructive effects on the...

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Cognitive capitalism and the assault on democracy

By Laurent Alexandre / 19 May, 2019

From our idea of a human being to every aspect of society – in the light of Artificial Intelligence, everything needs to be re-thought. Saving us and our society won’t happen without a profound questioning of democracy’s current ways of functioning, and without leaders who understand the challenges of the...

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No reason for AI and GAFAM to escape democratic oversight

By Paul Nemitz / 18 May, 2019

The triad of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are the core elements of western, liberal constitutions. All actions of government, legislators and indeed societal reality are measured against these principles. Given the foreseeable pervasiveness of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern societies, the question needs to be asked...

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