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Things must change so that nothing will stay the same

By Miguel Costa Matos / 1 April, 2020

We are truly facing a crisis of overwhelming proportions. The pandemic is costing thousands of lives across the globe and meanwhile the need to keep social distancing is not only reshaping our way of life as a society, but forcefully tanking entire sectors of economic activity and with it the...

The corona-crisis: a momentum for progressive policies?

By Conny Reuter / 30 March, 2020

To the daily horror of statistics on the infection, on death tolls and exponential developments, the answers that governments try to give at national level, the support packages for jobs and the economy shall not be the only political response. Progressives in governmental responsibility certainly need to act on the...

COVID-19 and the uncertain future of the transatlantic bond

By Nathalie Tocci / 26 March, 2020

COVID-19, the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, will likely become a defining feature of our age. This is not simply because this global crisis will probably have political, economic, and social repercussions reverberating across all world regions for years to come. It is mainly because these consequences may well...

COVID-19 and the Old Consensus

By Paolo Pasimeni / 24 March, 2020

For all too long, the almost unchallenged consensus about macroeconomic policies was that monetary policy was only for short-term stabilisation and fiscal policy only for balancing budgets. Even the Centre Left had subscribed to this idea. On social standards, a race to the bottom followed, with decreasing investments in health...

Corona Virus, the greatest test to our values and choices

By Maria João Rodrigues / 20 March, 2020

With COVID 19, humankind seems to be confronted with one of the biggest global vital challenges ever. A highly contagious virus without vaccine seems to melt down the social fabric in almost all areas of our collective life. This will be a hard test for our human bodies, but also...

From otherness to togetherness: a genuinely two-way road towards migrant inclusion

By Hedwig Giusto / 17 December, 2019

The highly intoxicated political discourse around migration of the last few years and the mostly security-oriented measures that have been adopted to tackle (or rather curtail) migration flows to Europe have led to neglect of the question of the integration of migrants into the host countries. Yet integration remains crucial...

From superficial multiculturalism to a ‘pedagogy of productive diversity’

By Eugenia Arvanitis / 17 December, 2019

The fabrication of a new European citizenry comes about through the responsiveness to and inclusiveness of diversity. This demands a more comprehensive effort to empower the entire social fabric to foster a strong intercultural awareness and responsiveness to the issues arising from the co-existence of citizens and non-citizens in modern societies. European...

Defending borders does not require closed doors but corridors

By Paolo Morozzo della Rocca / 17 December, 2019

The legality of immigration and markets is not achieved through rigid policies but by offering sufficient channels of legal entry as an alternative to the criminal market of people-trafficking; by recognising the freedom of movement of immigrants already legally residing in an EU member state; and by adopting selective policies...

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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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