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Europe and genocides: the French case

What is the level of knowledge of the genocide of Jews among people aged between 18 and 24? How do we explain the deficit of knowledge that has been measured? What consequences does this gap have for the perception of the Jewish population today? The investigation of the Foundation Jean-Jaurès Foundation, the Global Jewish Advocacy...

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Fair Play in world trade: Towards a Social Democratic redesign of trade policy

Trade policy has an impact on the everyday lives of many people in Europe, Germany and the world over. Trade policy is not an end in itself but has to serve broader objectives. The social-democratic approach differs fundamentally from that of market liberals in its belief that trade must be based on sustainability and political-...

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Challenges and opportunities of the mainstream left in Europe

Due to the changed geostrategic balances, the weakening of the industrial working class and nation states within the most developed countries in Europe, the mainstream left has no other choice than to open up to learn how to organise and unite a patchwork of bottom-up social movements for equality and sustainable development nationally, in the...

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Engaged by being disempowered: Italians experience direct democracy

Italians are among the most active participants of European Citizens Initiatives (ECIs). Yet when it comes to national referendums or petitions there are fluctuating levels of involvement because these instruments are often perceived to be ineffective. And not without reason. Citizens’ legislative initiatives have rarely been converted into national laws and, according to the Italian...

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Triumph of the Women? The Female Face of the Populist and Far Right in Europe

Women voters were long thought to be relatively immune to the policies advocated by right-wing populist or extremist parties. That has changed, however. This study focuses on six European countries to establish reasons for this change. It analyses the policy objectives of populist and far right parties on gender and family issues, the role of...

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Precarious work, precarious lives: how policy can create more security

This report investigates the scope for policy interventions to address the negative impact of precarious work in Ireland. Drawing on focus groups and interviews, the report identifies five major policy areas in need of reform in order to ensure greater economic and social security for workers. These include employment protection, social protection, health, housing and...

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Les internés civils de la Première Guerre mondiale – Le cas des Luxembourgeois en France

By Jim Carelli During World War 1 thousands of foreigners living in France have been forced by the military and civil authorities to live in differ- ent sorts of camps, some called concentration camps. Among them are also 431 Luxemburg civilians working in France whom the researcher has found in camps all over France.

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Dual use technologies and civilian capabilities: Beyond pooling and sharing

This policy paper investigates how to increase the pooling and sharing (P&S) of civilian and military capabilities in light of recent EU developments. The paper looks at potential areas for P&S: the sharing of training facilities, the pooling of experts and recruitment procedures; satellite systems; and remotely piloted aircraft systems. These are discussed in connection...

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Globalisation and European cohesion. Proceedings from the Prague Social Europe Conference.

The Prague Social Europe Conference (PSEC) 2017 took place in Prague on April 2017 to debate the future of the EU with academics, politicians and trade unionists from the CEE countries. The PSEC was part of a regional dialogue about the Future of Work initiated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Journalist Paul Mason, Maria...

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The politics of Talvivaara and representative claims

Representative claims as a way of talking about politics The report investigates the political rhetoric surrounding the so-called Talvivaara case in Finland between 2005 and 2015. It explores the different representative claims of people and their interests made by Finnish Members of Parliament and civic actors. The analysis shows that representative claims offer a seemingly...

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