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Can this be the time to reframe the concept of a state?

By Ania Skrzypek / 21 May, 2021

It has become a well-known truth that in the time of the ultimate test – Covid – citizens turned to their governments. They have been looking for protection, for help and for reassurance, that collective effort can make the pandemic fade away. Social Democrats who were at the helm of […]

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European fiscal rules: reform urgently needed

By Philipp Heimberger / 6 May, 2021

The EU’s fiscal rules are currently deactivated due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, returning to the pre-Corona rules would be counterproductive. The first priority of reform efforts should be to ensure that applying the rules will not deepen economic crises and hold back recovery. The second priority should be to […]

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Dutch elections 2021: no recovery of Social Democracy!

By Hans Keman / 23 March, 2021

All left-wing parties experience a dramatic loss of votes in the recent elections in the Netherlands. The Labour Party did not lose votes but remain at their all-time low. Short-term reasons explain in part the poor performance. But long-term factors explain why Social Democracy will remain in dire straits. In […]

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Let the coronavirus be the revival of a professionalised welfare state

By Mari Huupponen / 4 November, 2020

The first rule of the Swedish coronavirus strategy was to protect the elderly. But we failed. The welfare state, once the pride of the Social Democratic government, has been weakened by decades of austerity and profit-oriented management logic. As a part of building the welfare state in the 1960s and […]

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Lithuania after the elections: what will be left of public services?

By Lukas Vaigauskas / 30 October, 2020

For the last 20 years progressive economic policies have been absent from Lithuanian politics. Over this time, every government’s economic policies have more or less been taken out of the textbook of the right of the economic spectrum – even of those that claimed to be left of centre. However, […]

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Health, inequality and democracy in the light of the Corona crisis

By Gabor Scheiring / 23 April, 2020

Europe’s conservative elites need to realise that they have to safeguard democratic quality with at least the same vehemence with which they were willing to enforce austerity after 2008.

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