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10 points of reference for a progressive narrative on migration

By FEPS / 12 December, 2018

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration adopted by UN Member States, in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 2018 is an unprecedented progressive frame for a top-down and also a bottom-up approach on Migration.   Considering the growing anti-migration and xenophobic sentiments that are spreading in Europe and elsewhere, as...

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Migration: there are alternatives!

By Catherine Woollard / 10 December, 2018

The FEPS publication “Prioritising people: a progressive narrative on migration”, presented at the United for Migration conference in New York in September, as well as the discussions and events around the presentation, demonstrate that there are alternatives to the negative and defeatist approach to migration that dominates the European political...

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Migration for a new european asylum

By Gesine Schwan / 4 December, 2018

Whether the EU will remain a democratic institution following the European Parliament elections in May 2019 will depend on majority support. The populist right-wing is determined to exploit the refugee issue – which has been unresolved for years – to establish an illiberal Europe. There is a realistic chance that...

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European Progressives and the possible way forward

By Ernst Stetter / 3 December, 2018

It is very clear that the results of the elections over the last five years are saying to the Progressives that they cannot simply continue thinking in traditional ways, proposing the usual and conventional solutions and hoping that the pendulum would shift very soon, elevating them into a more powerful,...

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What do we want from technology?

By Justin Nogarede / 3 December, 2018

According to the US Historian Melvin Kranzberg, “technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” In the same way, many concepts in the debate on technologies have to be de-dramatised: Cyberspace does not exist. The ‘internet’ does not exist. The use of these terms reinforces the popular perception...

Editorial

By Maria João Rodrigues / 3 December, 2018

This edition focuses on the digital revolution. The term revolution evokes images of peoples’ uprisings against the powers that be. What strikes me these days, is that the most ardent supporters of the digital revolution are multinational companies that invest heavily in new technologies such as artificial intelligence. That leaves...

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Creating a European Labour Authority: what are the political and legal constraints?

By Sofia Fernandes / 31 October, 2018

The creation of a European Labour Authority (ELA) is part of the European Commission’s initiatives aimed at ensuring fairer worker mobility within the EU. The challenges to make it efficient and social however are high.   After proposing a revision of a set of European rules on the free movement...

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A Single Market for many Labour Markets

By Jan Cremers / 30 October, 2018

The European Commission plans to set up a European Labour Authority (ELA) to ensure and control social standards for those who work in another Member State. Jan Cremers, however, says it lacks teeth. The ELA’s main task should be to complement, monitor and supervise the activities of labour inspectorates and...

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Powerless Arguments: Demagogue and Populist Language

By Robert Feustel / 28 October, 2018

Right wing populist language doesn’t speak to reason. It plays with emotions and stereotypes, with the purpose of strengthening the differences between the emphatic “us” and the stranger. Hence, it is mostly impossible to out-argue them. We have to find other ways of dealing with right-wing demagogue communication  patterns.  ...

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Matteo Salvini, the anti-immigration storyteller of Italian politics

By Eleonora Poli / 28 October, 2018

The anti-immigration narrative is granting him even more influence. Since the results of the national election, the Lega has reached around 30% of popular support, overtaking the Five Star Movement.   As incredible as it might sound, since the March 2018 national elections, Salvini, the Secretary of the Lega and...