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Progressive Pod on Romania Elections

By Maria Freitas / 10 December, 2019

The first and second round of the presidential elections in Romania reconfirmed incumbent President Klaus Iohannis of the Liberal National Party (PNL) for a second mandate. PNL secured 66% of the vote and was followed by the Social Democrat Party (PSD) with 34%. The story of the country’s 2019 election...

Progressive Pod on Spain Elections

By Ania Skrzypek / 26 November, 2019

On November 10th, Spain went to the polling stations for the 3rd time in just 7 months. The outcome reaffirmed the leading position of PSOE, that reached almost an identical result to the one from the previous round – but it also saw a surge of the right wing extreme,...

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Progressive Pod on Canada Elections

By Olaf Bruns / 31 October, 2019

On 21st October Canada went to the general elections. The predeceasing campaign was intense, but even if the outsiders perhaps only took a note of it’s scandals connected dimension, it had an incredible depth and richness in which real issues and people’s concerns gained priority in the debates. The voters wanted...

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Progressive Pod on Switzerland Elections

By Olaf Bruns / 25 October, 2019

Rebekka Wyler, co-Secretary General of the Swiss Social Democratic Party, shares her analysis of the recent election in the Switzerland which have brought a shift to the Left, albeit in the form of a ‘green wave’ at the expense of the SP. A clear reminder, that the SP of the...

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Progressive Pod on Poland Elections

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Just three days after the elections, President Aleksander Kwasniewski (in the office 1995 – 2005) shares with us his insights of the campaign, his reading of the electoral results and how he expects things to unfold.  In a conversation with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, President touches...

Progressive Pod on Climate Apartheid

By Alain Bloëdt / 14 October, 2019

Since May 2015, Professor Philip Alston has been submitting reports to the Human Rights Council in his capacity as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. His 2018 report was a charge against privatisation and Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post, asks Alston if he considers that to save our planet we...

Progressive Pod on the renaissance of populism in Europe and the decline of social democracy

By Alain Bloëdt / 3 October, 2019

In her latest book “Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe”, Professor Sheri Berman provides a new understanding of the development of democracy and dictatorship in Europe over the long period from the Ancien Régime to the present day. During this podcast interview, Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post, asks Berman about the lessons we should...

Progressive Pod on the new way of doing politics at EU level

By Olaf Bruns / 10 July, 2019

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

Progressive Pod on last European elections

By Alain Bloëdt / 9 July, 2019

How should the results of these ninth European elections be measured? Did Brexit and Trump have an impact on voters? Will the new European Parliament extend its power? In this podcast interview with Sébastien Maillard, Director of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, Maillard explains that he has observed a...

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Progressive Pod on new challenges for progressives

By Alain Bloëdt / 20 June, 2019

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges to be overcome so progressives can regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Laurent Berger, the new president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), comments on the...

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