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The SPD approach to arms exports: value-driven and pragmatic

By Nils Schmid / 15 July, 2019

In March 2019, the German government decided to extend its ban on selling weapons to Saudi Arabia for another six months. This was a huge success on the part of the German Social Democrats who pushed for the extension. It was also the right thing to do in light of...

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The European foreign policy in a hostile environment

By Rosa Balfour / 9 July, 2019

In a brittle world without enduring strong international alliances, the debate on Europe’s ‘strategic autonomy’ has gained new resonance, but it should not shadow the EU’s unique key international assets in the global economy and multilateral order. Working with global networks to promote norms and public goods is key to...

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Brexit and Trump – involuntary boosts for a common EU defence?

By Ronja Kempin / 9 July, 2019

The idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ has resurfaced in various policy debates with added impetus by the challenges posed by Brexit and Trump. What does this rise in significance mean for the EU? And what direction can the concept give for the Union in the coming years, especially in relation to...

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Health in Europe: reducing inequalities

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 2 July, 2019

In a world with so much wealth, how is it possible that so many people have little or no access to healthcare? Or that different socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, or nationalities, mean poorer health for some? As a doctor, Social Democrat and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, I find this...

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Tightening the knot

By Tom Dobber / 18 June, 2019

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) killing democracy? The short answer is no. Not yet. However, AI does affect core principles of democratic societies. Let us take a look at one fundamental pillar of democracies: elections. Elections are preceded by a campaign period in which voters find themselves on a marketplace of...

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Is free transport ambitious enough?

By Maxime Huré / 17 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of the fight against climate change, ambitious new mobility and transport policies have begun to appear. Making public transport free is one of them. Progressive Post: Free public transport has existed for a while now, is it the environmental argument that has stoked the debate? Maxime Huré:...

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European organic agriculture: future challenges

By Isobel Tomlinson / 11 June, 2019

Organic agriculture in Europe is an economic success story. Organic farming offers a real response to the catastrophic decline in wildlife resulting from intensive industrial farming practices. However, challenges remain, and innovation is needed. The European organic movement with the support of the EU needs to rise to the challenge...

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Resisting surveillance

By Shoshana Zuboff / 7 June, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ explores a new step in the history of capitalism, where big tech, and increasingly other branches of the economy, are making profits with data, extracted from citizens without their consent, and transformed into raw material for behaviour predictions – with destructive effects on the...

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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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A progressive agenda to regain Millennials

By João Duarte Albuquerque / 23 May, 2019

In early 2017, in a town hall meeting at New York University, Nancy Pelosi was confronted by a student about a recent Harvard University study that showed that 51% of people between the ages of 17 and 29 did not support capitalism. To many, her swift “We are capitalists” answer...

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