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There is still no alternative: Germany’s "Schwarze Null" and its discontents

By Lukas Haffert / 29 March, 2017

In 2017, Germany will run a balanced budget for the fourth year in a row. This surplus, universally known as “Schwarze Null”, is accompanied by high hopes: its supporters predict that it will mean nothing less than the end of the era of permanent austerity. Yet this optimism rests on...

Progressive policies for EU growth and equity

By Stephany Griffith-Jones / 27 March, 2017

This text is based on thoughts presented by Stephany Griffith-Jones at the FEPS conference “Looking for a different Europe. Reflections and perspectives” on 21st March 2017  An important, though not the only, cause for the rise of extreme right-wing parties is very weak recovery from the Eurozone debt crisis; recent evolution...

Poland versus the EU – another battle done, while the struggle is still far from being over…

By Ania Skrzypek / 23 March, 2017

The last summit ended with observers shaking their heads with disbelief. It was the first time in history that a single government would reject the entire document summarising the conclusions of the Council. This lonely fighter, who left the scene feeling frantic, was the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo. Her...

Explaining the Martin Schulz phenomenon

By Michael Miebach / 23 March, 2017

At first glance, the resurrection of the German SPD looks like a miracle. Only two months ago, the party seemed to be dried out after the second term as junior partner in a grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. The polls saw the SPD permanently at historic lows of 20...

To celebrate the 60th Birthday

By Enrique Barón / 23 March, 2017

The best way to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Treaty of Rome is to insert it in a narrative. Treaties do not appear like mushrooms after the rain. De Gaulle said rightly that “Treaties are like roses.., they last while they last”. And this Treaty is lasting. If we...

From crisis to cohesion, restoring growth in Southern Europe

By Michael Dauderstädt / 22 March, 2017

Weak growth in the euro area has been primarily caused by the crisis in Southern Europe, where, since 2009, gross domestic product (GDP) has fallen in Greece, Spain and Portugal and grown only minimally in Italy. New growth and cohesion require different national strategies and European policies and institutions. Contrary...

Progressive leadership

By Ernst Stetter / 22 March, 2017

This article was published by The Fabian Society The electoral year in Europe started last week with national elections in the Netherlands. French presidential elections will follow in April and May and in autumn there will be German federal elections and parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Progressive...

The Future of Poland in the EU is at stake!

By Barbara Nowacka / 20 March, 2017

The European Council meeting showed an insufferable indolence of the foreign policy of the Law and Justice (PiS) government of Poland. It is not about the fact that Donald Tusk – former Polish Prime Minister and practically the greatest political rival of J. Kaczynski – was re-appointed for the President...

Making Europe Great Again: The progressive way

By Anna Diamantopoulou / 19 March, 2017

As we approach the celebration of the EU’s 60th birthday, the European project has become more relevant than ever. This is not another cliché. Developments in the global scene and certain events that seemed unimaginable until recently are simply occurring on top of a financial crisis that revealed inherent weaknesses...

Poland: sleepwalking in the EU

By Jakub Dymek / 18 March, 2017

Among his compatriots, the informal leader of Poland – Jarosław Kaczyński – enjoys fame as a great strategist. He plans ahead, he uses all the strategic opportunities, he has an ability to adjust to changing circumstances and he always succeeds to thrust his opponents into uncomfortable positions. He sets sustainable...

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