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Discover an overview of social housing in Europe

By FEPS / 14 February, 2019

 

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Digitalisation is not the devil

By Anthony Gooch / 5 February, 2019

Globalisation has been the whipping boy for all that is going wrong in these times of political uncertainty. In Europe and beyond, too many people feel that greater economic openness and interconnectedness has cost them a lot and brought few rewards. They feel unheard, do not know where to look...

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Democracy and citizens’ expectations

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 17 December, 2018

The Social Democratic parties are the leading political force in the fight against the enemies of democracy because the success of a political system is measured by its capacity to meet the expectations of its citizens, by its capacity to improve the living standards of its people.   Let there...

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European elections 2019: can the SPD recover ?

By Jana Faus / 28 October, 2018

After the SPD’s historically low result in the November 2017 federal elections, the German Social Democrats entrusted the analysis of the defeat to a commission of 5 experts, who presented their more than 100 pages strong report Aus Fehlern lernen (‘learning from errors’) to the public in June 2018. Amongst...

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My mother, a refugee

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 28 October, 2018

My mother, a refugee. Should the judgement of a crowd prevail once again?   A few weeks ago while I was in Vienna for a series of meetings with European health Ministers, I visited an exhibition in Vienna’s city museum called: “What Remains: Traces of Refugees” and where objects of...

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Ignoring no more: Germany must face the challenge

By Sönke Schmidt / 28 October, 2018

In the federal election of 2017, German citizens refused in numbers to follow the governmental narrative of the need to open up EU and German borders to refugees. While an open migration policy was officially maintained, radical populism with xenophobic undertones becomes a constant pattern of domestic politics and electoral...

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A Shared Strategy

By Claudia Mancina / 27 October, 2018

In its inability to find a shared strategy to confront the problem of immigration, Europe is experiencing an extremely worrisome crisis. The reaction of fear and insecurity brings the continent’s inhabitants is putting our national and European institutions at risk and bringing to the political stage xenophobic, sovereigntist, and populist...

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Fit out the local Neighbourhoods !

By Philippe Close / 11 July, 2018

Interview by Alain Bloëdt editor-in-chief of the Progressive Post with the Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close   The Progressive Post: How do you explain the increase in public trust in local politics vis a vis national politics? Philippe Close: The question is difficult to answer in a country like Belgium...

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Alternatives scenarios for Europe to address Brexit shock

By Agnes Jongerius / 2 March, 2018

The European Commission has been spurred into action and published proposals on a so-called “European Pillar of Social Rights”, as well as a discussion piece on possible scenarios for the EU’s future. Laudable attempts to launch a broad and all-encompassing debate on where we want this Union to go. The...

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Speech by Josep Borrell about Catalonia’s Democratic Crisis

By Josep Borrell / 14 December, 2017

Citizens of Catalonia, We are here because we have summoned ourselves to defend coexistence, pluralism and solidarity. And we must defend them. Because coexistence has been ruptured in this country. And we need to rebuild it. Political pluralism must be defended because it is not being recognised.   When a...