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New Zealand’s unexpected heroine

By Grant Duncan / 21 October, 2020

Last week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won re-election with a landslide – confirming her solid lead in the country, as well as her status as an international progressive superstar. Only a few months before the 2017 elections however, she was not even expected to run as party...

For a European Semester that addresses inequalities

By Maria João Rodrigues / 12 October, 2020

Against the backdrop of the major EU recovery plan that was decided in July, the European Semester will play a key role in the implementation of the national recovery plans, that are to be submitted by mid-October. The reform of the Semester process was already in the pipeline, but it...

What should be done about the United Nations?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 21 September, 2020

The global health, climate and economic crises have led to a deterioration of the world order as we knew it. The gap between current global challenges and global governance is widening and weakening the multilateral system. A new, fair and inclusive multilateralism for the 21st century must be invented, write...

The 75th anniversary of the United Nations: the urgently needed reforms and their enemies

By Mario Teló / 8 September, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has shown the dramatic discrepancy between the scale of the current transnational challenges (public health, climate change, security, financial stability, extreme poverty, sustainable development, terrorism…) and the weakness of global governance. This gap was visible even before the pandemic, but became much more evident in early 2020....

Radically transforming the EU economy – and how to finance it

By Ann Pettifor / 4 September, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a simple truth: today’s model of globalised, financialised capitalism, teetering on a shaky foundation of vast debts and costly credit, cannot deliver human well-being. In order to reverse the course, a safe ecological load has to be fixed – a ‘Plimsoll line’, like the white...

The EU and COVID-19: what we learned so far

By László Andor / 28 August, 2020

When life returns to the EU institutions and work restarts after the holiday season, it should be highlighted that the summer was not wasted. The European Council adopted critical, innovative and to some extent revolutionary decisions to create an effective fiscal capacity against the recession that has been triggered by...

Europe needs immigration – and common rules to manage it

By Piero Fassino / 6 June, 2020

The Italian government has recently adopted a regularisation measure for 200,000 hitherto irregular migrants. The decision was taken for two reasons: on one side to prevent the Covid19 pandemic from spreading to a population living in precarious conditions, by allowing access to the healthcare system as well as the possibility...

The path forward is green

By Dan Jorgensen / 6 June, 2020

Humanity is under severe pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, and few are unscathed. Our first priority is always to protect citizens and to safeguards people’s livelihoods so that when the storm has passed, we can confront the future together. However, the window of opportunity to act on climate change will...

Money for nature: bridging the green funding gap

By Ludovic Suttor-Sorel / 3 June, 2020

The European Green Deal sets a pathway for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular and biodiversity-friendly economy. But how to fund this transition? With appropriate incentives and information, a part of the transition can be achieved. Meanwhile, for projects that do provide public value, but which are not financially...

Women’s and LGBTQ+ rights: authoritarian’s ugly face revealed during Covid19

By Caroline Hickson / 3 June, 2020

Europeans need to fight two viruses, simultaneously and equally vehemently: the new coronavirus, a biological virus attacking our bodies, and the political virus which is attacking our fundamental rights and our democracies. The diverging responses to the COVID-19 crisis by the governments of different EU countries powerfully highlight how authoritarianism rhymes...

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