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Urban solutions for European challenges

Urban solutions for European challenges

By Anna Lisa Boni / 10 August, 2018

The EU has been rocked in recent years by a state of confusion generated by populism and Euroscepticism, and, more visibly, the influx of thousands of new arrivals. These are challenges that have come together in our cities. Getting it right at the local level is now more important than...

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Developing mixed open cities of the future

By Jon Bloomfield / 28 June, 2018

Race and migration are the most volatile issues in European politics today. Social Democracy is paying a heavy price for its neo-liberal mistakes. Cities are showing the way towards an intercultural future as they offer a ‘Third Way’ which promotes mixed, open cities. This avoids the twin dangers of assimilationism...

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Conservative Turkey votes for one-man rule

By Max Hoffman / 27 June, 2018

Before writing anything about the June 24, 2018 Turkish election, it is important to note one crucial point: the vote was deeply, fundamentally unfair. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) held the election under a state of emergency, allowing centrally-appointed governors to control opposition...

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For a European “social cities” policy!

By Christophe Rouillon / 26 June, 2018

Calls for a (more) social Europe are part of European social democracy’s DNA, and will certainly be top of the agenda in the 2019 European election campaign. The call for a “social progress protocol”, building on the European Pillar of Social Rights adopted in November 2017, will feature prominently in...


Why must the EU avoid ignoring the cities and regions?

By Karl-Heinz Lambertz / 26 June, 2018

Europe faces great challenges and the cities and regions are often on the front line. Take the migrant crisis for example: on the ground, it is the cities and regions that must organize the initial response. In Catania, Athens, the Greek Islands and many other areas and countries, local and...


Bergkamen: A model for cities run by Social Democrats?

By Roland Schafer / 11 June, 2018

Roland Schäfer was elected Mayor most recently in 2014 in Bergkamen. He won the election in the first round against three candidates, with nearly 70% of the vote.After the City Council elections, nearly 60% of members are social democrats. As will come clear from the interview below, many of the...

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What makes Orbán win

By András Bíró-Nagy / 8 June, 2018

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister won a third consecutive term on 8 April and his Fidesz party regained its super-majority in parliament. The success of his anti-migration platform, the lack of a level playing field in the campaign, and the fragmentation of the opposition all contributed to another landslide victory for Fidesz....

Italy’s Migration Policies Beyond the 2018 Elections: Heralding a New Era of Tolerated Discrimination?

By Anja Palm / 13 March, 2018

If the incumbent Italian government was proud about the leading role it had assumed in pushing forward a national and EU agenda on migration, the 4 March elections clearly showed that the electorate is not. 70 per cent of Italians voted for parties that had heavily criticized the government’s migration...

Tackling the issue of migration caused by environmental degradation

By François Gemene / 14 February, 2018

The main reason for the lack of a definition of what is meant by migration caused by environmental degradation or change is linked to the difficulty in isolating environmental factors from other drivers of migration. Have we made any progress on this definition? Yes and no.   There is still...

European Parliament calls for a fairer and centralised Dublin system

By Elly Schlein / 14 February, 2018

The Dublin system has clearly failed, leaving most of the responsibilities for asylum to the frontline Member States of the EU. The time has come to reform it according to the principles of solidarity and equal sharing of responsibilities. The European Parliament has voted with a large majority to put...

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