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The coronavirus crisis exposes the systemic exploitation between the EU’s West and East

By Elena Zacharenko / 20 April, 2020

The coronavirus crisis starkly highlights the true value of care work, its gendered and regionalised nature, and the scarcity of its supply in an economy which fails to recognise these factors. On 26 March, only a couple of weeks into the introduction of border closures across the EU in attempt...

The reconstruction of the European economy after the Corona pandemic

By Gerhard Stahl / 12 April, 2020

While European governments are aware of the need for solidarity and a common answer to the corona pandemic, the concrete form of this solidarity is still debated. The recent decision of the EU Economy and Finance ministers on a support package of around 500 Billion Euro are an important step...

Trial and error in pandemic times

By László Andor / 7 April, 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been widely publicised that the medical significance of hand washing was discovered by a 19thcentury Hungarian doctor, Ignác (Ignaz) Semmelweis. It may as well be striking how recent this discovery is, but also that the doctor introducing it was facing ferocious resistance from...

Only a ‘New Deal’ can rescue the European project!

By Maria João Rodrigues / 7 April, 2020

The combined sanitary and economic crisis that the new corona virus brings upon us may in the short term seem one that affects some EU Member States more than others. But it will soon become a systemic crisis for the EU as a whole and not just for the Eurozone. Only a very bold and ambitious plan, combining...

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...

Making the Case for ‘Progressive Reglobalisation’ (Part 1)

By Tony Payne / 16 March, 2020

Globalisation is not going away, which means that it needs to be reformed and managed in better ways. Progressives need urgently to move into this debate.  But lately too many have been drawn towards a fatal embrace of nationalism and have articulated forms of ‘progressive deglobalisation’.  These are mistaken moves.  We need to turn...

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