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New horizons for a Political Europe

By Jo Leinen / 19 June, 2021

We are living in a moment of great changes in the personal life of many citizens, as well as in the political life of our societies in Europe. The digital revolution is transforming communication and political debate alike. The decarbonisation of all our activities will be an extraordinary challenge for […]

Minimum tax: a great deal for the rich

By Danuše Nerudová / 16 June, 2021

Last week, the G7 announced to support a 15 per cent minimum global corporate tax rate in order to eliminate profit shifting into the low tax countries. The agreed tax rate represents a big compromise as it is far from the rates suggested by the US (21 per cent) and […]

A new internationalism on the terms of labour

By Ann Pettifor / 7 June, 2021

If progressive European political parties are to achieve both relevance and electoral success, a paradigm shift is required: away from Social Democracy’s attachment to financialised globalisation. If they aim to defeat nationalism, and to end the cycle of debt inflations and deflations on one side and trade wars on the […]

Netanyahu’s Bitter Legacy

By Fawaz A. Gerges / 2 June, 2021

Now that the guns have fallen silent in Israel-Palestine, it is time to take stock of how we reached this inflection point, who is mainly responsible for the breakdown of peace, and what the way forward? The latest round of fighting killed 242 Palestinians, including 68 children, and ten Israelis. […]

Any positive agenda with Turkey must be linked to democratic conditionality

By Nacho Sánchez Amor / 25 May, 2021

It is time to walk the talk. That is what the European Parliament’s new report on Turkey makes points out. Recently, the Turkish government has declared its desire to come closer to the EU. Now, it should prove it with real facts. The European Parliament has finally adopted its long-overdue […]

Saving women’s lives with the Istanbul Convention

By Gwendoline Lefebvre / 17 May, 2021

With the increased risk of violence brought by the Covid-19 crisis and the intention of some countries to undermine the key role of the Istanbul Convention, women and girls in Europe are facing increasing threats to their safety. The European Women’s Lobby calls attention to the Treaty’s crucial role in […]

The lights from Porto: a small step towards a Social Union?

By Maurizio Ferrera / 11 May, 2021

Some social federalists are disappointed: the Social Summit in Porto was downgraded to little more than a series of workshops, Angela Merkel only appeared online, the final declaration was tepid and the full endorsement of the European Commission’s Action Plan has been delayed to the June session of the European […]

A vision for our European future

By Maria João Rodrigues / 4 May, 2021

We are entering a new phase of the European project. The central equation of this new phase can be presented in the following terms: if we want to renew the European economic and social model to address the ongoing ecological and digital transformations, and if we want to improve global […]

Artificial Intelligence and social rights: a first assessment

By Brando Benifei / 28 April, 2021

The EC’s recent proposal for AI regulation is the first of its kind in the world. It is an excellent base to shape a domain that opens enormous opportunities. But the door for abuses and wide interpretation by some member states, as well as by illiberal regimes worldwide, is not […]

The question that haunts President Joe Biden: can the US deliver on climate?

By Alice Hill / 19 April, 2021

President Biden has placed climate change at the centre of US domestic and foreign policy. Yet the wide partisan divide on the issue in the United States threatens to hinder the efforts of his administration to increase global climate ambitions. The Earth Day Summit will provide an important opportunity for […]

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