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An opportunity for Catalonia

By Javi López / 2 March, 2021

On 14 February, Catalonia has elected a new Parliament. This was the fourth snap election in the region in almost ten years, a clear illustration of the political instability that has become installed in this north-eastern region of Spain. It was also the last episode of a three-year-long internal fight […]

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The EU’s multilateral ambitions: the why and the how

By Nicoletta Pirozzi / 22 February, 2021

On 17 February, the High Representative Josep Borrell and the European Commission released a Joint Communication on strengthening the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism: on first sight a document in the continuity of previous ones, but also one that reveals important changes in how the EU sees itself on the […]

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A European Social Pillar to shape a larger transformation

By Maria João Rodrigues / 26 January, 2021

An action plan is being prepared to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. But this is also the time to take a long-term perspective, and to reflect on what should be the social dimension of the European project for the next phase. Let us first recall what kind of […]

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Using the history of technological revolutions to understand the present and shape the future

By Carlota Perez / 17 February, 2021

The beginning of the year 2021 feels like a crossroads. We have now been through three major crises in the last 20 years, each worse than the last: the dotcom bubble of 2000, the Great Recession of 2008, and the global recession triggered by the Covid pandemic, bringing what might […]

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A great window of opportunity for a progressive agenda in Europe

By Ania Skrzypek / 15 February, 2021

The 2019 European elections finally saw the turnout going slightly up. In parallel, Social Democrats noted an unanticipated positive result. Almost two years into the legislative period, despite the pandemic, the polls consistently show two tendencies. First, Europeans tend to be positive about the EU in numbers comparable to before […]

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Towards a European Education Union

By Victor Negrescu / 12 February, 2021

The future of Europe depends on how decision-makers manage to raise the profile of educational policies in the design of their recovery plans. The Covid-19 crisis has shown the weaknesses of our education systems and the growing need for a common European response, designed to prepare our societies for future […]

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Anti-corruption as an electoral strategy in Romania’s 2020 elections

By Valentin Quintus Nicolescu / 19 January, 2021

The number one topic of the Romanian parliamentary elections in December 2020 was not, as one might have thought, the public health issues raised by the raging Covid-19 pandemic, but the fight against corruption. Both the National Liberals and the Save Romania Union (USR), along with the newly formed Alliance […]

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Portugal’s presidency: to heal Europe

By László Andor / 7 January, 2021

If you hated Covid-19 in 2020, you will hate it more in 2021, under the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council. The mundane reason for this is that the period of presidency in the EU is not simply a time of pushing dossiers, dialogues and trilogues, but also one of […]

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Electoral hold-up in Romania

By Victor Negrescu / 15 December, 2020

Romania’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) won the recent Romanian legislative elections, with around 30 percent of the votes and more than 34 percent of the seats in Parliament. Despite these results and the huge negative impact of the pandemic on Romania, we now have a political blockage. The conservative President, […]

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The European Union on better tracks, but…

By Maria João Rodrigues / 14 December, 2020

The last European Council was important to put the European Union on better tracks, culminating the long and dramatic effort which was undertaken by larger European and progressive forces to respond to the current unprecedented and multidimensional crisis. Nevertheless, daunting challenges are still ahead of us. The swift implementation of […]

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