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A new internationalism on the terms of labour

By Ann Pettifor / 7 June, 2021

If progressive European political parties are to achieve both relevance and electoral success, a paradigm shift is required: away from Social Democracy’s attachment to financialised globalisation. If they aim to defeat nationalism, and to end the cycle of debt inflations and deflations on one side and trade wars on the […]

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Progressive agents of change

By Felix Butzlaff / 21 May, 2021

In the last decades, demands for orientation and political leadership in increasingly complex societies have risen. And so have demands of citizens for more direct participation. The current pandemic has only exacerbated these possibly contradictory developments. Progressive political parties will have to carefully readjust between citizens’ demands for more participation […]

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Post-pandemic recovery: a blueprint for progressives

By Dmitris Tsarouhas / 21 May, 2021

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, the EU finds itself at a historic juncture. The adoption of an ambitious recovery instrument offers a golden opportunity to go beyond ‘business as usual’ and forge a new social contract. Putting the public interest at the heart of the recovery strategy can prove […]

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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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Saving women’s lives with the Istanbul Convention

By Gwendoline Lefebvre / 17 May, 2021

With the increased risk of violence brought by the Covid-19 crisis and the intention of some countries to undermine the key role of the Istanbul Convention, women and girls in Europe are facing increasing threats to their safety. The European Women’s Lobby calls attention to the Treaty’s crucial role in […]

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The lights from Porto: a small step towards a Social Union?

By Maurizio Ferrera / 11 May, 2021

Some social federalists are disappointed: the Social Summit in Porto was downgraded to little more than a series of workshops, Angela Merkel only appeared online, the final declaration was tepid and the full endorsement of the European Commission’s Action Plan has been delayed to the June session of the European […]

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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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Changing the debt rule would miss the point

By David Rinaldi / 6 May, 2021

Already before the pandemic, it was clear that the economic governance framework of the European Union was unfit to drive long-term prosperity and that it was particularly ill-equipped to sustain the economy in times of recession. The point however is that moving towards a better post-pandemic economic framework is not […]

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A vision for our European future

By Maria João Rodrigues / 4 May, 2021

We are entering a new phase of the European project. The central equation of this new phase can be presented in the following terms: if we want to renew the European economic and social model to address the ongoing ecological and digital transformations, and if we want to improve global […]

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Turning the clock forward

By Ursula Huws / 15 April, 2021

The Covid pandemic has drawn new attention to the key importance of personal services for household survival, ranging from food delivery to care services. But all too often such services are provided by precarious workers, often employed via online platforms. Platform work is widespread across Europe and growing rapidly, research […]

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