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Equality and social justice in Europe: time for renewal

By Kate Pickett / 19 December, 2018

The independent Commission on Sustainable Equality includes a strong focus on social justice, and calls for a renewal of European policy, with bold policy proposals to address inequalities and improve the wellbeing of all citizens.   I’m writing this piece in a week dominated by news of the ‘gilet jaunes’...

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Democracy and citizens’ expectations

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 17 December, 2018

The Social Democratic parties are the leading political force in the fight against the enemies of democracy because the success of a political system is measured by its capacity to meet the expectations of its citizens, by its capacity to improve the living standards of its people.   Let there...

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Migration for a new european asylum

By Gesine Schwan / 4 December, 2018

Whether the EU will remain a democratic institution following the European Parliament elections in May 2019 will depend on majority support. The populist right-wing is determined to exploit the refugee issue – which has been unresolved for years – to establish an illiberal Europe. There is a realistic chance that...

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Matteo Salvini, the anti-immigration storyteller of Italian politics

By Eleonora Poli / 28 October, 2018

The anti-immigration narrative is granting him even more influence. Since the results of the national election, the Lega has reached around 30% of popular support, overtaking the Five Star Movement.   As incredible as it might sound, since the March 2018 national elections, Salvini, the Secretary of the Lega and...

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European elections 2019: can the SPD recover ?

By Jana Faus / 28 October, 2018

After the SPD’s historically low result in the November 2017 federal elections, the German Social Democrats entrusted the analysis of the defeat to a commission of 5 experts, who presented their more than 100 pages strong report Aus Fehlern lernen (‘learning from errors’) to the public in June 2018. Amongst...

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Success or failure? How can Sweden Democrats benefit from the election results?

By Anna-Lena Lodenius / 27 October, 2018

How long can the other parties reject Sweden Democrats after the last Swedish election?   Sweden Democrats, SD, has always been an isolated party in Swedish politics, to a large extend due to the dark Neo-Nazi history. But SD got almost 18 per cent of the votes, a big step...

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UNited for a different European migration policy

By Ernst Stetter / 27 October, 2018

For years now, migration is on top of the political agenda – but there is still no movement towards a coherent and comprehensive European solution. We are now in a situation that every time migrants are saved from drowning at sea there is a hectic behind-the-scenes negotiation amongst heads of...

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Luca Jahier : “Younger generations need to dare to change the world”.

By Alexander Damiano Ricci / 23 October, 2018

Luca Jahier was elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in April 2018. As part of his strategy for the EESC and the EU, Jahier put to the fore the concept of “rEUneissance”. Meanwhile, however, Eurosceptic forces continue to score among the electorates of Member States. In...

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A progressive roadmap towards EU 2019 elections

By Maria João Rodrigues / 2 February, 2018

Editorial from the January 2018 edition of The Progressive Post   This time things mights be different. The 2019 European elections are drawing ever closer, but, before they take place, a sequence of key, long awaited decisions might be taken and reshape the the face of the EU. The overlapping...

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Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical

By Pascal Lamy / 12 July, 2017

An Interview with Pascal Lamy about the European Challenges   Progressive Post : Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed the creation of new bodies, for example a euro zone parliament, strengthen European democracy? Pascal Lamy : I don’t think so. If the...

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