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Making the European Parliament the guarantor of the independence of European citizens

By David Maria Sassoli / 30 August, 2019

We are in the midst of historic changes: youth unemployment, migration, climate change, the digital revolution, new world balances, which in order to be tackled need new ideas and the courage to know how to combine great wisdom and maximum audacity. But we also need the institutions to take on...

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EU Governance in the new term

By Enrique Barόn Crespo / 29 August, 2019

The outcome of the 2019 elections to the European Parliament (EP) has opened a new term in the governance of the European Union with a dramatic package of new appointments for the top responsibilities in the institutional triangle (Parliament, Commission and Council), plus the announced succession at the helm of...

Progressive Pod on the new way of doing politics at EU level

By Olaf Bruns / 10 July, 2019

In his recent book, “Alarums and Excursions – improvising politics on the European stage”, Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar analyses how a decade of crises – from the financial chaos of the euro and Greek sovereign debt, to the conflicts with Russia over Ukraine, unprecedented levels of refugees from across...

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13 facts you need to know about gender inequality in the EU

By FEPS / 10 July, 2019

Progressive Pod on last European elections

By Alain Bloëdt / 9 July, 2019

How should the results of these ninth European elections be measured? Did Brexit and Trump have an impact on voters? Will the new European Parliament extend its power? In this podcast interview with Sébastien Maillard, Director of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, Maillard explains that he has observed a...

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Progressive Pod on new challenges for progressives

By Alain Bloëdt / 20 June, 2019

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges to be overcome so progressives can regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Laurent Berger, the new president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), comments on the...

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Tightening the knot

By Tom Dobber / 18 June, 2019

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) killing democracy? The short answer is no. Not yet. However, AI does affect core principles of democratic societies. Let us take a look at one fundamental pillar of democracies: elections. Elections are preceded by a campaign period in which voters find themselves on a marketplace of...

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Belgium: a fragmented parliament

By Christophe Sente / 30 May, 2019

Between European elections and the renewal of the national and regional assemblies, the results in Belgium confirm a trend shared with most countries on the continent: that of a fragmentation of the political landscape, a dilution of the centre towards the extremes and a weakening of the long dominant parties....

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Dare to hope, Progressive Europe!

By Ania Skrzypek / 27 May, 2019

The results of the recent elections in Spain had been awaited with a great excitement. Particularly, because the country was portrayed as immensely divided, with many tensions, regarding separatists as well as an anti-democratic movement. The name “VOX” had been causing a chill on the Iberian Peninsula, but also across...

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A sustainable world: we Social Democrats will leave nobody behind!

By Frans Timmermans / 27 May, 2019

Many feel they don’t have an equal part in society and are alone in paying the costs for the transition to a more sustainable economy, environment and social model. It is time for Social-Democrats to make social sustainability a reality, because that will get the largest possible group of people...

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