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Bolder sanctions to stop Putin in Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a real tragedy that will permanently upset international relations and brutally call into question many of our approaches. But let’s be clear: President Vladimir Putin’s brutality comes from afar. And for a possible future solution to the conflict, the EU must be around the table. For my part, […]

Landmark European Court ruling prompts decisive action

16 February 2022: the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules against Hungary’s and Poland’s position on the Rule of Law Conditionality regulation. For the first time, the Court live-streams its ruling. This is more than just a ruling: the very essence of our Union was challenged. If we want to preserve our sacred values, we […]

The US conducting an orchestra of (un)democratic values

While a (rather small) part of the world is approaching the mostly western yearly festive season and people are evaluating the past year, I, too, look back and assess my personal achievements,  but also what we have accomplished as a society. Did we grow, or did we fail? Did we make our society more equal, […]

From major legacy issues to a strong legitimacy for the future – the centre-left in CEE in a search for a true renewal

Calling the situation of the centre-left parties in Central and Eastern Europe ‘difficult’ equals hiding behind a diplomatic langue de bois. In none of the countries of the region, Social Democrats are in government – neither at the helm of a coalition, nor as a partner in one. Sometimes they even failed to enter parliament […]

The era of the ‘East European Tigers’ might be over

Politically, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is disappointing – but looking at it from outside of Europe it is a stunning economic success story. However, this success cannot be taken for granted – and its end could make the region even more politically disappointing. However, there are things Progressives could do. But they require political […]

Polexit: the British, at least, had a choice

“The Constitutional Tribunal is an integral part of the system which is the rule of law (…) I do not think that anything will stand in the way”, the tragically deceased president of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, symbolic patron of the Law and Justice party (PiS), said in 2006. If only he knew that only a […]

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