The civilian population continues to bear the brunt of Russia’s unprovoked onslaught on Ukraine. Consequently, Russia’s possible defeat on the battlefield might still prove to be a Pyrrhic victory for Ukraine, which now faces the daunting prospect of having to cope with a ‘lost generation’ of its citizens. Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, […]
Unbroken Ukraine. 365 days
One year of war has not broken Ukraine and its people. Unexpectedly, the country has withstood Russian aggression. Its cities are the object of strikes and carry the deep scars of the bombing. Some have been captured by the Russian armies and others have been liberated by the Ukrainian forces. The Ukrainian population is suffering the consequences of Russia’s unprovoked invasion. Millions of them have left Ukraine and searched for rescue in the EU or the neighbouring countries, others are internally displaced or enduring the consequences of the conflict at home. But despite the destruction and the suffering, Russia has not bent the will of Ukraine, which enjoys the complete political support of the EU and its member states.
With this dossier, the Progressive Post wants to mark this tragic first anniversary by looking above all at the Ukrainian people and at the way the country’s politics and society will be changed forever by this war. We also look at the reconstruction, which will need the EU’s support and that will take decades to be completed. Finally, we look at ourselves, the progressive family, and how this conflict has impacted European Social Democracy.
“This present moment used to be the unimaginable future” Stewart Brand, The clock of the long now Using the quote of Stewart Brand resonated with me, describing the last 365 days. A long-awaited vacation, apartment renovation, research and new business development… – these were the ordinary plans of Ukrainians in 2022. Instead, many had to […]
‘Unbroken’. This is the name mayor Andryi Sadovyi has chosen to give to the rehabilitation centre he intends to build in his city, Lviv, for all Ukrainians arriving there injured by the war. “Many of them have lost everything. Home. Family. Childhood. And yet remain… unbroken”. On top of the admirable resistance it shows, this […]
One year has passed since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. On the morning of 24 February 2022, we woke up to a new reality that definitively ended the post-Cold War status quo. Russia, theoretically possessing the second most powerful army in the world, violated international law and began bombing military and […]
Why we need a feminist foreign policy
Under a Social Democratic-led government Sweden was the first country to pursue a feminist foreign policy. Between 2014-2022 we systematically analysed what decisions would mean for women and girls, using the three Rs – rights, representation and resources. Although the Swedish right-wing government decided to abolish this policy, several countries with different political colours have […]
A feminist foreign policy? Redefining its meaning
Traditionally, foreign policy has belonged to the realm of high politics and has long been conducted in accordance with the doctrine of the raison d’état (reason of State) and in the arcana imperii (State secrets), where only men have been present. Foreign policy, more than other policies, has therefore been particularly masculinised. When, in 2014, […]
Beyond dependent market capitalism: why Central Eastern Europe needs active industry and technology policies
The Eastern member states of the EU have seen impressive economic growth since joining the European Union. This is especially true for the Visegrád countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary), but also, for example, for Slovenia, Romania or Lithuania. In almost all of the ‘accession countries’, the economic development was far better than predicted […]