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Portugal’s left wing coalition shows the way forward for Progressives

By Maria Freitas / 23 November, 2017

Portugal’s progressive government solution shows that a political alternative to the so-called ‘grand coalition’ is possible. Uniting left wing parties into a strategic partnership also demonstrates that breaking away from austerity is feasible and that progressive policies are conducive to economic growth.   Two years ago, few people would have...

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Portugal’s left-wing success story

By Pedro Nuno Santos / 23 November, 2017

Following Portugal’s parliamentary elections on 4 October 2015, the Socialist Party (PS) was forced to take a decision: either to join the right-wing parties (PSD and CDS) in a grand coalition or to find an alternative solution that would allow a left-wing majority in Portugal’s Parliament.   Given the country’s...

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The Chaos Trumplifier

By Vassilis Ntousas / 21 November, 2017

It has only been a little more than 12 months since one of the most consequential US presidential elections ever. It certainly feels substantially longer.   What the extremely dense past year has shown is that the widely held pre-election opinion that the office Mr. Trump now occupies would change...

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A year after: Trump and transatlantic relations in a time of risk

By Ian O. Lesser / 21 November, 2017

Almost a year into the Trump administration, uncertainty remains a hallmark of American foreign policy. Relations with Europe have yet to experience major change, but wider shifts in US global engagement hold risks of their own for transatlantic relations.   America’s international policy has been strongly affected by the President’s...

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Palestinian re-unification: What can Europe do?

By Hugh Lovatt / 17 November, 2017

The Palestinian political system is heading towards a major crossroads as a result of the struggle to succeed President Mahmoud Abbas and the fragmentation of Palestinian territory. With little imminent hope for a two-state solution, the rehabilitation of Gaza is an important area where meaningful improvement can be achieved.  ...

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EU leadership the best response to Trump climate challenge

By Stephen Minas / 14 July, 2017

President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change has been a long time coming, and the European Union is well prepared. While the United States is not legally able to withdraw from the Paris Agreement until November 2020, Trump’s announcement has multiple...

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Desires for a safer, cleaner world trump fear

By Charlotte Billingham / 13 July, 2017

The decision by Donald Trump on 1st June to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement rocked world news. Global leaders quickly reacted with strong public messages and civil society was keen to show its disappointment. However it was something he had always said he would do during...

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Where and why do we need policy coordination in Europe?

By Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina / 20 June, 2017

The European Union was first and foremost a political project. It was meant to bring countries closer together in economic terms, and inspire a common drive by upholding common values such as rule of law, respect for cultural traditions and history. Europe believed that by fostering economic and institutional integration...

A taxation revolution

By Evelyne Godfrey / 20 June, 2017

My brother-in-law Ludwig died on Saturday 11 March, 2017. Ludwig was 62 this year, so he lived into old age for someone born with the health problems he was born with. In recent years he had severe dementia. He didn’t respond at all to anything the last few times we went...

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The Great Call of China

By Vassilis Ntousas / 6 June, 2017

A plethora of heads of state, over 1000 delegates and a carefully choreographed two-day gathering against the backdrop of an incredibly blue sky, untroubled by the usual pollution of Beijing. The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which took place in the Chinese capital some two weeks ago, turned...

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