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From open doors to a closed society

By Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz / 2 October, 2019

On June 4, 1989 – on the same day that students died in Tiananmen Square – parliamentary elections were held in Poland. For the first time, real opposition candidates were allowed to participate. The resulting opposition-led government opened the door to historical changes in the country and beyond. The 2004...

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Young people are interested in more than “youth”

By Maj Jensen Christensen / 18 September, 2019

During the campaign for the European elections, in several Member States there was no focus on young people. As parties are cynically busy with vote-maximising, it is hard to blame them: the population of Europe is ageing, and young generations only make up around 26% of the general population. Not...

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Out of the Doldrums

By László Andor / 16 September, 2019

The 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections saw Social Democracy falling to a historic low. In the new EP, the share of seats held by Socialist, Social-Democratic and related progressive parties is the lowest ever. Overall electoral support for progressives continues to show a downward trend in Europe, calling for a...

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“The question about Europe is: will this ship be repaired in the middle of the storm?”

By Geert Mak / 13 September, 2019

Geert Mak has investigated social change during the 20th century and various levels: a village in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands, a big city: Amsterdam, but most notably in his Opus Magnus ‘In Europe’ for which he has travelled the continent criss-cross, during the whole last year of the last...

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The Iberian driver for European Social Democracy

By Javi López / 5 September, 2019

Today, the Iberian Peninsula is sending out a message of hope to the rest of the European continent. The Socialist parties that lead the Portuguese and the Spanish governments have both secured a remarkable 33 percent of electoral support in the recent European elections and are in a position to...

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House of Cards – European version

By Alain Bloëdt / 2 September, 2019

Like Claire and Frank Underwood, well known to fans of the TV series House of Cards, the Franco-German couple, formed by Chancellor Merkel and President Macron, preferred to pursue their own petty domestic interests despite the ecological challenge and the crisis of representative democracy. Some historians will probably say that...

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Making the European Parliament the guarantor of the independence of European citizens

By David Maria Sassoli / 30 August, 2019

We are in the midst of historic changes: youth unemployment, migration, climate change, the digital revolution, new world balances, which in order to be tackled need new ideas and the courage to know how to combine great wisdom and maximum audacity. But we also need the institutions to take on...

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EU Governance in the new term

By Enrique Barόn Crespo / 29 August, 2019

The outcome of the 2019 elections to the European Parliament (EP) has opened a new term in the governance of the European Union with a dramatic package of new appointments for the top responsibilities in the institutional triangle (Parliament, Commission and Council), plus the announced succession at the helm of...

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13 facts you need to know about gender inequality in the EU

By FEPS / 10 July, 2019
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A sustainable world: we Social Democrats will leave nobody behind!

By Frans Timmermans / 27 May, 2019

Many feel they don’t have an equal part in society and are alone in paying the costs for the transition to a more sustainable economy, environment and social model. It is time for Social-Democrats to make social sustainability a reality, because that will get the largest possible group of people...

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