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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...

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,...

What do whistleblowers tell us about the state of democracy?

By Nicole-Marie Meyer / 13 February, 2018

After a 20-year struggle of civil society organisations, political will is now changing within the European Union – albeit to differing degrees across the individual member states, like public opinion and legislation – towards a European directive that supports whistleblowers. Nicole-Marie Meyer reiterates the development of the right of citizen...

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Why Facebook should be taxed and how to do it

By Paul Tang / 13 February, 2018

Large digital platforms are making billions of profits, while paying little or no corporate tax. They currently have a whole range of opportunities for tax avoidance, to the benefit of a few shareholders and at the expense of many taxpayers. Our recent estimates show that, in a period of three...

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"I know very few whistleblowers who regret their actions and that’s the case with me."

By Antoine Deltour / 24 January, 2018

An interview with Antoine Deltour, one of the two whistleblowers who caused the “LuxLeaks” scandal and winner of the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Special Award 2018. Following his appeal, the Luxembourg Court of Cassation decided, in mid-January, to overturn his conviction, recognising his status as a whistleblower.   An opportunity to discuss...