EU’s working conditions’ proposals good but more needs to be done MEP Siôn Simon gives his views on the issue of workers’ conditions in the 21st century in the context...


The EU law on transparent and predictable working conditions is positive Until now, the Written Statement Directive has led rather a shadowy life. Things are changing now! The appeal of...


The role of political parties in strengthening democracy when in opposition The case of PAICV (Partido Africano da Independência de Cabo Verde-African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde) PAICV...


Cape Verde and the EU: A success story of cooperation and partnership Both Europe and Africa would at their peril forget that democracy makes all the difference, between stability and instability,...


The imperfect democracy of Cape Verde: time to democratize democracy In 1990, Cape Verde became one of the first African countries to introduce democratic reforms after fifteen years under...


The power of youth: consolidating democracy in Lusofone Africa and beyond The African Union declared that for 2017 its agenda focus should be on ‘Harnessing the Democratic Dividend through Investing...


Cape Verde – an example of political stability in Africa; a source of inspiration for progressives My colleagues in the European Parliament, Marlene Mizzi, Pedro Silva Pereira, and I, visited Cape Verde in April. Relations...


Fit out the local Neighbourhoods ! Interview by Alain Bloëdt editor-in-chief of the Progressive Post with theMayor of Brussels Philippe Close The Progressive Post: How...


Karlsruhe’s festival: ‘Upheaval – Awakening. Equal rights for all’
Art and culture can create an atmosphere of cosmopolitanism and can encourage people to...


A European system of minimum wages for equality-led development
A European system of minimum wages can help bring people out of poverty as...


A way forward for minimum wages in the EU
Setting minimum wages is a way to head off the ongoing threat of economic,...


The benefits of having a statutory minimum wage
In an interview with the Progressive Post, economist Rémi Bazillier explains what he sees...


The State of Left in the Visegrad group : The left succeeds when people start believing in a better future
Political developments in the Czech Republic are not regionally specific. They are part of...


Paradoxes of the Slovak Left
SMER- Social Democracy is a successful political party but its paradox is that it...


Developing mixed open cities of the future
Race and migration are the most volatile issues in European politics today. Social Democracy...


The State of Left in Hungary: Landscape after a nuclear attack
As the parliamentary elections on 8th of April obviously proved, the Hungarian Left is,...


Why must the EU avoid ignoring the cities and regions?
Europe faces great challenges and the cities and regions are often on the front...


The EU law on transparent and predictable working conditions is positive
Until now, the Written Statement Directive has led rather a shadowy life. Things are...


A gender power battle to bring equality into the labour market is underway
The #Metoo movement unveiled a reality that most of us were afraid to admit...


Poland’s Left: Fragmented and in disarray
In the 2015 parliamentary elections, the results of the Polish Left were not good...


‘Collaborative Future Making’ explained
A key challenge today is that we have lost both our individual and collective...


Italy: a “government of change” to step aside from its international role?
Italy’s foreign policy has been traditionally characterized by a high degree of continuity based...


Exploring the features of European progressive cities
The Progressive Post (PP) – When do you think that European towns and cities...


Social housing in Vienna: the Vienna Model
Numerous international delegations have travelled to see Vienna in the past couple of years...


A moment of truth: Turkish elections as a policy challenge for progressive Europe
After a long period of political turmoil, on June 24th Turkey is heading towards...


Editorial Progressive Post 8 – Progressive cities
Brussels, Paris, London, Vienna, Lisbon: through cities such as these, led by progressives of...


What it will take to keep the deal alive
The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the EU/E3+3 constitutes a...


Iran’s Leadership After Trump Abandons The JCPOA
With Donald Trump abandoning the JCPOA, all eyes are now on Tehran. How will...


President Trump’s reckless decision requires a clear answer
With his unnecessary decision to unilaterally leave the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald...

Disability doesn’t exist? Four things to do right away
Disability in the singular doesn’t exist. There are differently abled people whose abilities can...


The renewed leadership of China: what are the consequences for Europe?
China has renewed its government and confirmed Xi Jinping as President and strong leader:...


The unending story of the non-introduction of a financial transaction tax
Nineteen years ago, in the summer of 1998, an association was established in France...


Freedom, precious freedom …
A few days spent in Hungary as part of a cultural visit with the...


Gender perspective: how differently economics might be done?
The under-representation of women in economics remains a chronic phenomenon, so that two visions...


To reunite, we must restore the basics of human cooperation: Trust
For some years now, we have been living in a highly polarised society, where...


Reopening the channels of legal economic migration
Download the pdf in English here Téléchargez le pdf en français ici We cannot fight illegal...


“I know very few whistleblowers who regret their actions and that’s the case with me.”
An interview with Antoine Deltour, one of the two whistleblowers who caused the “LuxLeaks”...


Lessons to learn from what has worked and what has failed
Pour la version française, cliquez ici The EU needs a humane policy on asylum...


Portugal’s left wing success story
Following Portugal’s parliamentary elections on 4 October 2015, the Socialist Party (PS) was forced...


Curbing migration from Libya: are the EU and Italy heading in the right direction?
Pour la version française, cliquez ici “Italy is saving Europe’s honour in the Mediterranean,”...


Speech by Josep Borrell about Catalonia’s Democratic Crisis
Citizens of Catalonia, We are here because we have summoned ourselves to defend coexistence,...


No favourable winds for Brussels
This could not have been the way in which European Commission President Jean Claude...


Brexit: EU and UK citizens’ rights
The British government has come up with proposals to safeguard the rights of UK...


Europeans Not Wanted in Britain – The Ugly Side of Brexit
While most focus in the UK-EU Brexit negotiations has been on the money that the...


Portugal’s left wing coalition government is delivering stability and growth
Pour la version française, cliquez ici Portugal currently has a Socialist government that is...


Portugal’s left wing coalition shows the way forward for Progressives
Pour la version française, cliquez ici Portugal’s progressive government solution shows that a political...


Portugal’s left-wing success story
Pour la version française, cliquez ici Following Portugal’s parliamentary elections on 4 October 2015,...


The Chaos Trumplifier
It has only been a little more than 12 months since one of the...


A year after: Trump and transatlantic relations in a time of risk
Almost a year into the Trump administration, uncertainty remains a hallmark of American foreign...


How Europe can contribute to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
Europe has been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for over four decades. The...


Palestinian re-unification: What can Europe do?
The Palestinian political system is heading towards a major crossroads as a result of...


EU leadership the best response to Trump climate challenge
With the United States planning to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, EU leadership on...


Desires for a safer, cleaner world trump fear
The decision by Donald Trump on 1st June to pull the US out of...


Where and why do we need policy coordination in Europe?
The European Union was first and foremost a political project. It was meant to...


A taxation revolution
My brother-in-law Ludwig died on Saturday 11 March, 2017. Ludwig was 62 this year, so...


The Great Call of China
A plethora of heads of state, over 1000 delegates and a carefully choreographed two-day...


Planet UK: news from another galaxy
So now we know what the EU negotiating position on Brexit will be. To...


Abortion politics and new pro-natalism in Turkey
Since the 1960s, European countries have experienced a significant decline in fertility rates, which...


Erdogan’s referendum and the dangerous erosion of democracy in Turkey
The rise of right wing populism has begun to be a serious problem in...


The autocrat’s new clothes
The outcome of the April 16 referendum in Turkey ushers in one of the...


A Troubled Outlook for the Country and Its Transatlantic Partnerships
Turkey’s April 16th referendum confirmed and extended the sweeping powers President Erdoğan had already...


A European post-referendum “no” to authoritarianism
The 16th of April will be remembered as a momentous date in Turkey’s modern...


How the EU can regain credibility and support Turkey’s democrats
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, the European Union has opened its door to Turkey,” European...


Post Referendum Turkey: is 51 bigger than 49?
The day arrived and Turkey finally had its long-awaited referendum on April 16. The...


Europe is not a Foreign Affair!
Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique...


Change work to change society
This article is based in the book from this author with the same name...


There is still no alternative: Germany’s “Schwarze Null” and its discontents
In 2017, Germany will run a balanced budget for the fourth year in a...


Progressive policies for EU growth and equity
This text is based on thoughts presented by Stephany Griffith-Jones at the FEPS conference...


Poland versus the EU – another battle done, while the struggle is still far from being over…
The last summit ended with observers shaking their heads with disbelief. It was the...


Explaining the Martin Schulz phenomenon
At first glance, the resurrection of the German SPD looks like a miracle. Only...


To celebrate the 60th Birthday
The best way to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Treaty of Rome is...


From crisis to cohesion, restoring growth in Southern Europe
Weak growth in the euro area has been primarily caused by the crisis in...


Progressive leadership
The electoral year in Europe started last week with national elections in the Netherlands....


The Future of Poland in the EU is at stake!
The European Council meeting showed an insufferable indolence of the foreign policy of the...


Making Europe Great Again: The progressive way
As we approach the celebration of the EU’s 60th birthday, the European project has...


Poland: sleepwalking in the EU
Among his compatriots, the informal leader of Poland – Jarosław Kaczyński – enjoys fame...


Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: The revival of European Interests?
On 25 March Rome will host representatives from the 28 member states as they...


After the First Year of Law and Justice in Power No Game Changer on the Horizon in Poland
2015 brought significant political changes to Poland. It proved to be a great election...


On equal distance in difficult times
Over the last year of the current government of Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Eng. Law...


Co-determination before the European Court of Justice: No applause for the European Commission, please
On 24 January 2017, the highly-anticipated hearing concerning corporate co-determination (Erzberger vs TUI, C-566/15)...


Refugee policy: For humanity, against hypocrisy
The Federal Government is glossing over the deterrence and deportations with weasel words about...


The next steps
Headlines in Britain have for months been full of Brexit. But even as Theresa...


The final straw
“Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU...


The French National Front and Lebanon
Whilst the role of the European Union on an international level is being questioned...


Trump-Italy: no special relationship
Now that we can confirm that Donald Trump is serious, and that he is...


Five Scenarios For Europe But No Clear Positioning
On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’...


British Politics in times of Brexit – where do we go from here?
For the first time in the history of the European Union (EU) a member...


Romania- the political crisis is over, but the real challenges are lying ahead
The Romanian parliamentary elections held in December 2016 were won massively by the Social...


Young and progressive: How the Portuguese left can maintain the support of millennial voters
In the days after Donald Trump’s shocking victory in late 2016, one image was...


Portugal: A historical political pact on the left
Since November 2015, Portugal has a left-wing government led by Prime Minister António Costa...


The quadruple irresponsibility of Brexit
Now that the United Kingdom government has started to clarify its intentions for life...


From the frying pan into the fire. Migration: after Turkey, the EU turns to Libya
About one year ago, the attention of the EU focused, as far as the...


The left in contemporary Spain
During the first years of Spain’s political process of transition to democracy, the left...


The Spanish left faces its greatest challenge
Although it is often said that social-democracy has been in crisis since birth, it...


Tracing the history of the marketization of welfare
Can contestation stop the marketization policies in the European Union ? This is the question...


Brexit becomes reality
For pro-Europeans in Britain the last six months have been devastating. For a while,...


Brexit: a fiasco and an opportunity
A hard Brexit will ultimately damage both the UK and the EU. But for...


FEPS Post-Summit Briefing: European Council, 15 December 2016
A summary written by Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina, Hedwig Giusto Lisa Kastner and Vassilis Ntousas. EU leaders...


Girls in migration, why is Europe silent?
On 1 December the United Nations Population Fund released its 2016 State of the...


The freedom of the media and the suspension of the Hungary’s largest independent newspaper
On October 8th, Népszabadság, the most popular national daily broadsheet of Hungary, ceased to...


Austrian progressives can breathe a brief sigh of relief, but the real fight has only just begun
The far right winning 46.2 per cent of the vote in Austria’s presidential election...


Overviewing Mosul
  The legal, political and military elements of the developments that are taking place...


A modern left
The left can be many things. But if it does not adapt to the...


The Italian Left on the eve of the constitutional referendum
The Italian way is not so different to other political trends that we have...


FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 20-21 October 2016
  European leaders met in Brussels last week (20-21 October) to discuss the many...

Trade requires rules
Globalisation is not a destiny to which we must yield without question. It can...


Keep Calm and Rewrite the Rules of the European Union
The negative result of the UK-EU Referendum is the biggest signal for leaders to...

Launch of the magazine
At a time when many turn their back on the European Union, progressive European...

Millennial Dialogue
Engaging and creating a better understanding of the priorities and values of millennials   with...

The Left in Governement
May resonates in the history of the French Left (Front populaire, election of F. Mitterrand)....