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Future of Europe: providing leadership for a new era to come

By Ania Skrzypek / 13 December, 2019

Brussels is being taken by a great wave of excitement. The launch of the “Conference on the Future of Europe” has already become a turning point. It marks leaving the junction of the crisis or post-crisis debate, and moving on to a deliberation about what role the Union should play...

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Death of the Old, birth of the New

By László Andor / 17 October, 2019

Establishing a new European Commission is always a bumpy ride. Collecting enough votes in the European Parliament, receiving the right nominations and allocating the commissioner designates to their future portfolios in a convincing way is a multidimensional chess game that brings daily excitement to the Brussels bubble. The new Commission...

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“I still don’t listen to people over 30!”

By Oliviero Toscani / 22 May, 2019

The former Benetton photographer Oliviero Toscani on creativity, revolts, quality and quantity, alien invasions, seeking consensus, the social role of the artist and… why only young people can be trusted!   Progressive Post: In your career and as an artist, you’ve dared to highlight subjects that are not much in...

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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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A European Union that belongs to all its citizens

By Pierre Bauby / 23 April, 2019

Bringing all forces of society together – individuals as well as groups – is the best way to deal with those who want to create a battleground between economic and financial interests or between ideologies of closure and exclusion. Who owns Europe ? The first question we must ask ourselves...

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Build an open access database on ‘who owns Europe’

By Judith Clifton / 22 April, 2019

Whether a government or private enterprise should directly own and control an activity is at the heart of politics – that’s why the question ‘who owns Europe’ is an incredibly important one. But a lack of consistent, long-term data on public and private ownership makes it virtually impossible for citizens...

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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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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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It’s time for a European market for values!

By Marco Senatore / 24 January, 2019

A European Market for Values may be a viable option to connect individuals, firms and local communities in Europe. It would make it possible to share best practices and, more in general, choose and foster moral, organisational and cultural values.   In the current juncture, the European project can only...

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Support local culture, increase accessibility

By Karolina Ziolo-Puzuk / 16 January, 2019

Culture remains a sensitive mechanism that responds quickly when a political or social change occurs, even before it becomes apparent to the wider public. Therefore some radical governments may feel the need to control culture in order to suppress its natural tendency of being a social negative/positive change barometer. The...

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