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Fighting precarity: a paradigm shift from equality-in-prosperity to solidarity-in-wellbeing

By Albena Azmanova / 15 February, 2021

We stand at a pivotal point in history – one that contains the opportunity to replace the equality-in-prosperity formula of progressive politics with a new one: solidarity-in-wellbeing. For the past 100 years, the critique of capitalism has centred on unfair distributive outcomes (economic inequality), as well as the damage that […]

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Progressive politics in the Middle East: Israel and the region

By Ksenia Svetlova / 13 January, 2021

The Abraham Accords that were signed recently between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be equalled to a tip of an iceberg: much more is laying beneath the surface. These accords were signed only in September 2020, but they build upon two decades of diplomatic work, communications […]

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Municipalities as main players in EU asylum policy

By Gesine Schwan / 18 December, 2020

At the end of September, the European Commission has presented a proposal for a new asylum and refugee policy. It is very detailed with a lot of legal regulations. But it does not address the crucial points for an effective solution that corresponds to the challenges on the ground, international […]

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Lithuania turns right: urban-rural cleavage, generational change, and left-wing perspectives

By Mindaugas Kluonis / 30 October, 2020

The parliamentary elections in Lithuania on 11 and 25 October reassembled the previous ones of 2016, but with different outcomes and with different recurring trends. Just as in 2016, the “Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats” (TS-LKD), uniting conservatives, Christian Democrats, and moderate nationalists, won the first round of the elections with […]

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Making the UN more inclusive and democratic

By Jo Leinen / 8 September, 2020

The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (UN75). Secretary-General António Guterres has invited everybody to discuss and propose measures for “renewing and strengthening” the world organisation. Notably, a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a World Citizens’ Initiative could be measures that increase its democratic base. Many papers and […]

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Progressive Pod on Climate Apartheid

By Elena Gil / 14 October, 2019

A podcast interview with Professor Philip Alston, the Special UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and in the context of climate change debates

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The EU law on transparent and predictable working conditions is positive

By Frank Lorenz / 21 June, 2018

Wide minimum requirements for employment contracts as the Written Statement Directive is obvious.

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How should the EU deal with Gaza?

By Jacek Zakowski / 18 January, 2018

How should the EU deal with Gaza? Aid is not the solution and Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is not an overnight occurrence.

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Europe must protect human rights outside its borders regarding ship recycling and other sectors

By Baskut Tuncak / 12 December, 2017

Ship recycling : Hazardous working conditions and the release of toxic materials are among the human rights abuses that have been reported.

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Re-thinking the EU’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian cross-conflict dialogue

By Rosemary Hollis / 11 December, 2017

The EU’s official stance on this issue is becoming increasingly untenable for practical, legal and ideological reasons.

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