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Mind the Gap: populism and gender

By Giulia Zacchia / 9 April, 2019

The challenge for Progressive forces to regain their constituencies calls for a revigorated focus on social issues in order to counteract socioeconomic inequalities. Bear in mind that most citizens are women! Since the 1990s, the gender gap in voting behaviour have been realigning in advanced industrial societies with women being...

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Strengthening progressive language

By Luis Arroyo / 28 March, 2019

In 2018, Luis Arroyo has helped to analyse the S&D group’s language and suggested more effective ways to get their message through.   Progressives are somewhat more sensitive to Protection and Fairness, and as we move on the scale that goes from “very progressive” to “very conservative”, sensitivity to both...

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European Parliament: illiberal take-over is not on the cards

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke / 25 January, 2019

There are fears that the illiberal right-wing might take over in the 2019 European Election. Tobias Gerhard Schminke, founder of @EuropeElects, indeed sees big wins for the hard far-right and big losses for the centre-left – but according to current polls, the European Parliament won’t fall into the hands of...

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2019 EP elections: a truly European project

By Ulrike Guérot / 22 January, 2019

Social Democracy in Europe is ailing. The reasons are well-known and manifold: the disappearance of traditional industrial jobs and associated voter groups, robotics, the shrinking role of trade unions and the general fact that an increasingly divided society can no longer be represented by a single party. A retreat into...

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Believing in hopes that could be entrusted in us again…

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 January, 2019

European Progressives have much more to be proud about than just their tradition. There are many exciting examples of diverse contemporary initiatives, which undoubtedly could in-spire more confidence. And that is the key – since self-assurance and courage in proposing choices will be the defining factors in the battle that...

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We need a different vision for Europe

By Louka T. Katseli / 19 December, 2018

Our societies are in crisis. This crisis is not only social and environmental. It is also economic and political. The four crises feed into each other. None of these crises can be overcome without reversing growing inequalities and changing the way our economic system operates.   In six months’ time,...

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Changing the paradigm to change the future

By Udo Bullmann / 19 December, 2018

Few months ahead of the European elections, our battle for a radically different Europe is on. This is an existential fight. Only if the EU changes fundamentally and embarks on the transition to a sustainable society that caters for the well-being of all, it will be able to survive and...

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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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