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Mind the Gap: populism and gender

By Giulia Zacchia / 21 February, 2019

The challenge for Progressive forces of regaining their constituencies calls for a reinvigorated focus on social issues in order to counteract socioeconomic inequalities. Bear in mind that most citizens are women!   Since the 1990s, the gender gap in voting behaviour have been realigning in advanced industrial societies with women...

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Social Democrats will leave nobody behind in the transition to a more sustainable world

By Frans Timmermans / 20 February, 2019

Many people 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 social sustainability will get the largest possible group...

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Do young women and men have the same voting patterns and opinions about the EU ?

By Alazne Irigoien / 20 February, 2019

Standing up for young women could make a difference in the upcoming elections. Putting women and gender equality at the centre of EU politics, adopting social policies with a strong gender perspective and implementing gender balance systematically would help to achieve the objective of “a Europe of gender equality and...

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Equal number of women and men in decision making positions is necessary but not sufficient. Why ?

By Agnès Hubert / 19 February, 2019

Having an equal number of women and men in decision making positions is necessary but not sufficient to ensure the equal right of women to leadership. We also have to consider parity democracy as a condition for democracy and not a consequence.   No one in the progressive political parties...

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Why millennials aren’t voting anymore, and what it means for progressives ?

By David Harley / 12 February, 2019

Progressives have been tormented by the West’s political paroxysms of the past few years, and when casting around for who to blame, they sometimes point the finger at millennials. These are our youngest voters –broadly defined as those born between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s – and they have...

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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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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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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...