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Defending Progressivism

By Patrick Diamond / 12 November, 2019

The French president Emmanuel Macron claims to embody today’s progressivism, as opposed to ‘nationalism’. The profound difficulty for his concept though is that he lacks both a rigorous analysis of capitalism, and a clear understanding of the enduring importance of nation- states. A new concept of progressivism in Europe has...

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The return from afterlife

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 18 October, 2019

When, in 2015, Polish Social Democracy and its largest party, the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), fell out of parliament for the first time in the history of Poland, couldn’t believe it. Two times, the ruling party responsible for bringing Poland into the European Union, whose politicians were elected president twice,...

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“The question about Europe is: will this ship be repaired in the middle of the storm?”

By Geert Mak / 13 September, 2019

Geert Mak has investigated social change during the 20th century and various levels: a village in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands, a big city: Amsterdam, but most notably in his Opus Magnus ‘In Europe’ for which he has travelled the continent criss-cross, during the whole last year of the last...

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Social, fiscal and climate justice: the right-left cleavage is still alive!

By Maria João Rodrigues / 26 August, 2019

The European project can only have a future if it overcomes the status quo imposed by conservatives and neo-liberals and if it refuses to fall into the trap proposed by national-populists. Regaining control over our lives in a time of globalisation is only possible if we address social, fiscal and...

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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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A progressive agenda to regain Millennials

By João Duarte Albuquerque / 23 May, 2019

In early 2017, in a town hall meeting at New York University, Nancy Pelosi was confronted by a student about a recent Harvard University study that showed that 51% of people between the ages of 17 and 29 did not support capitalism. To many, her swift “We are capitalists” answer...

Paul Magnette’s main objectives for Europe

By Paul Magnette / 23 May, 2019

Paul Magnette outlines his four main topics for the European election campaign: the fight against global warming, the fight against tax fraud, European migration policy and the renewal of democracy. Four paths to follow for the European elections, exclusively for the Progressive Post. Progressive Post: Why do you get involved...

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The way forward: a Popular Front

By Paul Mason / 23 May, 2019

Paul Mason argues that the Left needs to draw inspiration from the 1930s ‘popular front’ idea and increase their prospects of gaining power by forming red-red-green alliances.   To fight the resurgent right effectively, we need to understand what is driving it. For me it is not about economic performance...

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Slovakia: what can the European Left learn from Zuzana Caputova’s victory?

By Jakub Patočka / 24 April, 2019

The resounding victory of the Slovak environmental activist and public interest lawyer Zuzana Čaputova in the Slovak presidential elections shows that it is possible to beat the rising tide of xenophobic policies in post-soviet countries. It almost looks like a story too nice to be true. For some time already,...

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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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