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Resist the ‘Zeitgeist’

By Robert Misik / 7 January, 2019

The Left is in crisis. Specifically the left parties are in crisis. It’s mostly parties that have stopped resisting, parties that gave in to a neoliberal ‘Zeitgeist’. We need to see them fighting again.   We talk about the ‘crisis of the Left’, or ‘the Left in crisis, but we...

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Toward a Progressive Understanding of Culture: Language, Policies and Vision

By Mafalda Dâmaso / 4 January, 2019

To build public faith in democracy throughout Europe, Progressives must deliver policies of redistribution as well as recognition. Culture is key in this regard.   When they are asked about their vision for the future – both for their states as well as for the European Union – Progressives immediately...

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We need a different vision for Europe

By Louka T. Katseli / 19 December, 2018

Our societies are in crisis. This crisis is not only social and environmental. It is also economic and political. The four crises feed into each other. None of these crises can be overcome without reversing growing inequalities and changing the way our economic system operates.   In six months’ time,...

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Changing the paradigm to change the future

By Udo Bullmann / 19 December, 2018

Few months ahead of the European elections, our battle for a radically different Europe is on. This is an existential fight. Only if the EU changes fundamentally and embarks on the transition to a sustainable society that caters for the well-being of all, it will be able to survive and...

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Equality and social justice in Europe: time for renewal

By Kate Pickett / 19 December, 2018

The independent Commission on Sustainable Equality includes a strong focus on social justice, and calls for a renewal of European policy, with bold policy proposals to address inequalities and improve the wellbeing of all citizens.   I’m writing this piece in a week dominated by news of the ‘gilet jaunes’...

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Regulating global capitalism and re-establishing solidarity in Europe

By Pierre Defraigne / 19 December, 2018

Economic neoliberalism is pushing Europe towards political illiberalism. Social democracy was powerless to stop it. By combining intergovernmentalism and neoliberalism, the EU is rendering itself powerless and creating inequalities. It is also endangering European democracy and threatening its own survival.   Social democracy has failed on two fronts: on the...

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“WHAT IS TO BE DONE”

By Susan George / 19 December, 2018

Social Democrats have been sliding into the neoliberal trap – and lost many voters on the way. But there are answers to the question, ‘what is to be done’: facing electoral realities, renouncing neo-liberalism and going green are amongst them.   In 1971, the Republican US President Richard Nixon announced,...

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Why we need an Open Left

By Andrew Gamble / 18 December, 2018

The Left has been losing ground for a decade. How does it reinvent itself and become successful again in the battle of ideas? It has to embrace new radical ideas and do politics differently.   Progressives believe that human societies are capable of being improved, but are also aware that...

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Democracy and citizens’ expectations

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 17 December, 2018

The Social Democratic parties are the leading political force in the fight against the enemies of democracy because the success of a political system is measured by its capacity to meet the expectations of its citizens, by its capacity to improve the living standards of its people.   Let there...

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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...