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European Parliament: illiberal take-over is not on the cards

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke / 25 January, 2019

There are fears that the illiberal right-wing might take over in the 2019 European Election. Tobias Gerhard Schminke, founder of @EuropeElects, indeed sees big wins for the hard far-right and big losses for the centre-left – but according to current polls, the European Parliament won’t fall into the hands of...

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2019 EP elections: a truly European project

By Ulrike Guérot / 22 January, 2019

Social Democracy in Europe is ailing. The reasons are well-known and manifold: the disappearance of traditional industrial jobs and associated voter groups, robotics, the shrinking role of trade unions and the general fact that an increasingly divided society can no longer be represented by a single party. A retreat into...

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Believing in hopes that could be entrusted in us again…

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 January, 2019

European Progressives have much more to be proud about than just their tradition. There are many exciting examples of diverse contemporary initiatives, which undoubtedly could in-spire more confidence. And that is the key – since self-assurance and courage in proposing choices will be the defining factors in the battle that...

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Europe’s Innovation Opportunity

By Fred Block / 14 January, 2019

While there is much concern that Europe is falling behind the US and China in the competition for global technological supremacy, the reality is that Europe has a unique opportunity to focus its innovation efforts on the quality of life of its population.   Some people claim that Europe is...

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Using real intelligence to shape the virtual world

By Pamela Meil / 14 January, 2019

A spectre is haunting Europe: the spectre of … digitalisation. Developments in new digital technologies, in particular big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, have created a debate on the future of work and its consequences for workers.   There is a lot of fear in the discussion, mostly because trends...

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The End of ECB’s Quantitative Easing – what next?

By Alberto Botta / 11 January, 2019

Since 2015, the macroeconomy of the eurozone has been influenced by the implementation of Quantitative Easing by the European Central Bank. In December 2018, the ECB’s QE is coming to an end, but concerns remain about eurozone recovery from the crisis and the increasing divergence among eurozone countries. Who is...

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Normalisation of the ECB’s monetary policy is timely

By Peter Bofinger / 11 January, 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) is due to end its Quantitative Easing (QE) programme at the end of the year. The step has been announced for a long time; it should not lead to instability. If major problems emerge, however, the ECB could follow the Bank of Japan’s yield curve...

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All Bolsonaro’s Men

By Filipe Vasconcelos Romao / 10 January, 2019

The election of Jair Bolsonaro is a product of the crisis and the perception of the population regarding corruption. However, its support base is heterogeneous and contradictory, which puts Brazil in even greater uncertainty.   Brazil is currently experiencing the most dramatic period of its three decades of democracy. The...

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The future of the left in Brazil

By Monica Valente / 9 January, 2019

The recent elections in Brazil took place against the background of a widespread anti-politics, anti-PT and anti-system feeling. In this particular context, Jair Bolsonaro manage to style himself as a anti-system maverik candidate – while he benefited at the same time form the support by such traditionally conservative institutions as...

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Jair Bolsonaro, a challenge for the European Union

By Elena Lazarou / 8 January, 2019

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as the next President of Brazil is the latest in a series of victories for right-wing populist candidates across the world. Like many of the leaders he is compared to, Bolsonaro based his campaign on security-driven nationalistic discourse combined with a rejection of the so...

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