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Ireland: Clash between the official narrative of the economy and the lived reality of people’s lives

By Ivana Bacik / 12 February, 2020

After almost four years of minority government, led by Fine Gael and supported by Fianna Fáil in the form of a ‘confidence and supply arrangement’, voters were looking for a change. ‘The large of votes given to Sinn Féin was only dampened by the fact that they did not run a...

EU minimum wage – why now?

By László Andor / 7 February, 2020

Ten years after the launch of the Europe 2020 strategy, we can observe that poverty has not been substantially reduced, but on the other hand, inequality has been on the rise in many EU Member States. The lack of adequate minimum wage increases, or coverage, is part of the problem....

A conference for the Europe we need

By Domènec Ruiz Devesa / 24 January, 2020

Climate neutrality and the social pillar of the European Union should be part and parcel of the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe. This Conference should make the voice of ordinary citizens and organised civil society heard – and it’s a unique opportunity to pull all strings together to...

Europe and Social Democracy: two linked projects

By Adriana Lastra / 23 January, 2020

At a time of uncertainty and fragility for European politics, the PSOE victories in the last five elections held in Spain last year, reminds how it is important to highlight the importance of a Social Democratic project which is capable of resisting the rise of the far-right, Eurosceptic populism and...

A new government in Spain committed to a more progressive Europe

By Iratxe Garcia-Perez / 22 January, 2020

The election of Pedro Sánchez as President of the Spanish government is a good news for Europe because the new coalition government is progressive, pro-European and has given priority to the green transition, the economy, equality, social welfare and the 2030 Agenda. The fragmentation of the European Council and the...

European solidarity – added value for the Polish judiciary independence

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 17 January, 2020

On Saturday, January 11th, we witnessed a March of a Thousand Robes’ in Warsaw. It was an unprecedented event because nobody remembers such a manifestation of legal circles in recent Polish history. Thousands of judges, attorneys, solicitors and prosecutors have taken part in a silent protest against the ongoing illiberal...

Dealing with English

By László Andor / 8 January, 2020

2020 will be a year of two deals. One between the European Union and the United Kingdom, and the other one is the Green Deal of the EU itself. These two deals could not be more different in nature. What connects them is some serious confusion stemming from the various...

Britain’s warning to social democracy across Europe

By Patrick Diamond / 20 December, 2019

Labour was facing a deeply unpopular Conservative opponent. And still, the Conservatives won their largest parliamentary majority since 1987, the heyday of Margaret Thatcher. Some of the reasons for defeat are particular to the unclear stance on Brexit, the Jeremy Corbyn’s reputation. However they are not the most fundamental reasons for...

From COP 25 to the European Green Deal: Can Europe break up the climate impasse?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 19 December, 2019

Despite a large mobilisation of citizens across the world and in Madrid in particular, the outcomes of the COP25 Climate Conference were disappointing. In this context, the European Green Deal presented by European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans was the best news. The EU can and should take the lead in fighting...

From otherness to togetherness: a genuinely two-way road towards migrant inclusion

By Hedwig Giusto / 17 December, 2019

The highly intoxicated political discourse around migration of the last few years and the mostly security-oriented measures that have been adopted to tackle (or rather curtail) migration flows to Europe have led to neglect of the question of the integration of migrants into the host countries. Yet integration remains crucial...

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