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Knocking on virtual doors

By Joakim Johansson / 1 May, 2019

The Swedish Social Democrats are the country’s leading organisation in canvassing — in the physical space. On the internet however, the alt-right party ‘the Sweden Democrats’ has gone from guerrilla warfare to an all-out dominance on social media, a trend mirrored throughout Europe. How can Progressives transfer their canvassing dominance...

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A new start? Why not!

By Alain Bloëdt / 27 April, 2019

And if a major, symbolical election was needed? An election that brings the Socialist and Social Democrat parties back to historical left-wing values: social justice, solidarity, internationalism and sustainable development. Those centre-left parties, which, from one Member State to another, have been greatly dispersed during these last years in the...

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Elections under attack

By Max Bergmann / 26 April, 2019

Today, US and European elections occur in a period of increased geopolitical competition but also against the backdrop of an increasingly volatile political and communications environment. The upcoming European elections are no exception: the threat of Russian interference is real. Every election in the US and Europe since 2016 has...

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Populists are social media savvy

By Jean-Yves Camus / 26 April, 2019

Populists use social media to target younger voters and bypass traditional mainstream media that are seen as hostile. They create the impression that they are the truly modern parties, while their opponents, who were not able to catch up, still rely on old-style politics. Did you know that the French...

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Give people ownership!

By Sean Kippin / 21 April, 2019

Recent elections and the rise of populism show that the centre-left is losing ground. A ‘politics of ownership’, which gives power to citizens by involving them in the economy and in the affairs of the state, may provide a means of answering this difficult set of challenges. European Social Democracy...

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Sharing the cake equally

By Andreas Schieder / 20 April, 2019

Nationalism and right-wing populism are on the rise in Austria and throughout Europe. The Progressive strategy to counter them: upholding Progressive values and showing how the European idea is linked to them. At the same time, we need a Union that improves people’s daily lives: a social European Union. In...

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The Europe we want, the Europe we convey

By Iratxe Garcia-Perez / 19 April, 2019

Europe must become an inspiring idea once more, synonymous with progress and improving living conditions: the Social Europe we’re working for. We face the challenge of encouraging citizens to participate in this idea, through proximity communication, sectorial actions and the involvement of our leaders. But also through the use of...

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Why millennials are reluctant to vote – and what it means for Progressives

By David Harley / 14 April, 2019

Progressives have been tormented by a series of political paroxysms of the past years. When looking for who to blame, they sometimes point to Millennials. Our youngest voters – broadly defined as those born between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s – have been accused of lacking political commitment. Even...

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Europe’s Millennials want more social protection

By FEPS / 13 April, 2019

Millennials want the European Union to do much more to support social welfare policies like minimum wages, according to the new Millennial Dialogue study by FEPS and ThinkYoung. In the context of the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the Millennial Dialogue survey clearly indicates that young people favour progressive...

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Winning back citizens’ trust with ambitious messages

By Tuulia Pitkänen / 12 April, 2019

The Social Democrats are leading in the Finnish polls and are well on track to increase the number of centre-left MEP’s from the EU’s northernmost country. Ambitious policy production and renewal of the political programmes have been key factors in regaining the political initiative. The era of social media has...

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