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It’s Time for a European Market for Values !

By Marco Senatore / 24 January, 2019

A European Market for Values may be a viable option to connect individuals, firms and local communities in Europe. It would make it possible to share best practices and, more in general, choose and foster moral, organisational and cultural values.   In the current juncture, the European project can only...

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Change living conditions to counter social chauvinism

By Oliver Nachtwey / 28 October, 2018

In the early 20th century, many thought leaders of Social Democracy were convinced that “new social risks” – such as demographic change – would shape the social conflict of the future. Instead of the conflict between capital and labour, the social question would increasingly play out in conflict and problems...

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‘Millennials and women are the future of social democracy’

By André Krouwel / 28 October, 2018

While social democratic parties are being weakened by a new populist mobilisation in Europe, André Krouwel, founder of the the Dutch voting advice website ‘Kieskompas’ and political scientist at the Free University of Amsterdam, urges Social Democrats to target women and Millennials, two groups sensitive to sever social injustice.  ...

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Karlsruhe’s festival: ‘Upheaval – Awakening. Equal rights for all’

By Susanne Asche / 11 July, 2018

Art and culture can create an atmosphere of cosmopolitanism and can encourage people to resist racism and xenophobia. Suzanne Asche presents us with the most important structures and events through which art and culture and the department of cultural affairs of the city of Karlsruhe sought to defend democracy and...

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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...

The State of Left in the Visegrad group : The left succeeds when people start believing in a better future

By Vladimír Špidla / 26 June, 2018

Political developments in the Czech Republic are not regionally specific. They are part of a broader development of modern society. It resembles developments such as in Italy. Key features of these developments are weak parties, a feeling of distrust about the future and a fear of change. Vladimír Špidla, a...

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Building the democracy of tomorrow in our cities

By Pauline Véron / 8 June, 2018

While the percentage of the global population living in urban areas continues to rise and now exceeds 50%, the construction of sustainable, democratic cities represents one of the major challenges of the 21st century. As places featuring lots of intermixing, innovation, cultural creation and dissemination as well as strong economic...

A budget to bring added value to Europe

By Michel Aglietta / 14 February, 2018

To revive democracy in Europe we must produce a European budget that provides added value to all citizens. An EU budget under the control of the European Parliament will result in long-term investments backed up by a revised budget.   A long-term vision is crucial if we are to take...

The elephant in the European room: the budget

By Nicolas Leron / 14 February, 2018

Much more than a question of the macroeconomic stabilisation of a sub-optimal monetary zone, the question of the European budget remains a constitutive element of the political community. The EU is suffering from a crisis in public power which requires a budgetary leap of faith: a budget that is able...

Whistleblowing: a matter of democracy

By Anna Myers / 13 February, 2018

The EU’s credibility in protecting whistleblowers relies on aiming high and strengthening democratic accountability across EU Member States. This can only be done by understanding that whistleblowing is fundamentally linked to freedom of expression and the public’s right to know. When the Council of Europe first examined whistleblowing in 2009,...