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10 points of reference for a progressive narrative on migration

By FEPS / 12 December, 2018

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration adopted by UN Member States, in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 2018 is an unprecedented progressive frame for a top-down and also a bottom-up approach on Migration.   Considering the growing anti-migration and xenophobic sentiments that are spreading in Europe and elsewhere, as...

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Why we need a Global Compact on Migration

By Guy S Goodwin-Gill / 12 December, 2018

We need a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration because we believe in order, and not chaos. . People will not stop moving between States. This is what they have done since time immemorial, since before ever there were States. Some will be refugees, many will be in...

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Why not to sign the Global Compact given it addresses a crucial need?

By Anna Elisabetta Galeotti / 12 December, 2018

I present three strong considerations, based on facts, in favor of the Global Compact, stressing that it is a document providing guidelines and principles, not specific regulations and policies left to the sovereign decision of states. It turns out that there are no good reasons not to subscribe the GC,...

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Migration: there are alternatives!

By Catherine Woollard / 10 December, 2018

The FEPS publication “Prioritising people: a progressive narrative on migration”, presented at the United for Migration conference in New York in September, as well as the discussions and events around the presentation, demonstrate that there are alternatives to the negative and defeatist approach to migration that dominates the European political...

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The Progressive Way in the Invention of the European Union

By Maria João Rodrigues / 5 December, 2018

In spite of overlapping crises, the EU remains the most advanced case of supranational cooperation in human history. Will it survive in a world with big power struggles and nationalistic forces testing a comeback?   This will be at stake in the next years, and it is why next European...

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What do we want from technology?

By Justin Nogarede / 3 December, 2018

According to the US Historian Melvin Kranzberg, “technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” In the same way, many concepts in the debate on technologies have to be de-dramatised: Cyberspace does not exist. The ‘internet’ does not exist. The use of these terms reinforces the popular perception...

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Powerless Arguments: Demagogue and Populist Language

By Robert Feustel / 28 October, 2018

Right wing populist language doesn’t speak to reason. It plays with emotions and stereotypes, with the purpose of strengthening the differences between the emphatic “us” and the stranger. Hence, it is mostly impossible to out-argue them. We have to find other ways of dealing with right-wing demagogue communication  patterns.  ...

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Ireland…Finally

By Lizzie O’Shea / 28 October, 2018

On 25 May 2018, when Irish voters flocked to support the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the constitution, the women of Ireland won reproductive rights that had been taken from them three decades prior. They also provided inspiration to women fighting for their rights all around the world. Reproductive...

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EU Support for the US Peace Plan Must be Based on Parameters

By Hugh Lovatt / 28 October, 2018

The Trump administration may not have yet formally unveiled its peace plan, but it is already moving to reshape the traditional realities that have governed the middle east peace process since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords.   The Trump administration may not have yet formally unveiled its peace...

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Will the 2018 heatwave reignite the climate change debate?

By Jean Pascal van Ypersele / 28 October, 2018

While Europe was baking in this summer’s heatwave – a consequence of climate change that no-one talks about, but which should be on everyone’s mind – Belgian physicist and climatologist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is not impressed by the efforts of politicians, not least the European ones.   Progressive Post: The...