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The EU: A ‘holding environment’ for social investment reform?

By Anton Hemerijck / 8 November, 2017

For national politicians wishing to break away from the failed ‘e-client market hypothesis’, investment in social policy positively re-legitimises the role of the state in the (mixed) economy, drives up standards in family policy, education, and employment services and embeds all of this in a policy agenda of inclusive growth....

Serbian Elections: Victory of Regional (In)stability

By Nikola Burazer / 13 July, 2017

Despite being seen as a pro-EU leader and a factor of regional stability during his time as Prime Minister, newly elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has fostered nationalism at home and relations with many neighbouring countries have suffered as a result. After his recent victory in the presidential elections, his...

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Can the next European elections actually be about choosing alternative scenarios?

By Robert Ladrech / 4 July, 2017

The short answer is ‘yes’ but this requires a fundamental shift in terms of the alignment of national policies and politics with EU policy competences. At present, in most EU Member States, European elections are considered by the mainstream parties of the centre-left and centre-right as the ‘poor cousin’ of...

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Can Progressives lead towards the establishment of a new kind of political coalition for the EU?

By Luciano Bardi / 4 July, 2017

In fully developed competitive democracies, elections generally are about choosing alternative scenarios. This being the case, ideally, European elections should also be about choosing alternative scenarios. There is widespread agreement that competitive dynamics between alternative parties or coalitions in elections are healthy for democracy and it follows that if such...

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Efficiency and equity: Implications for a new pattern of European integration

By Paolo Guerrieri / 4 July, 2017

Over the last few months the wind has positively changed in Europe. From the fear of an irreversible crisis in the face of the advance of populists, we have moved to a widespread perception that a European counter-offensive is on the way.   But more caution is needed on the...

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Where and why do we need policy coordination in Europe?

By Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina / 20 June, 2017

The European Union was first and foremost a political project. It was meant to bring countries closer together in economic terms, and inspire a common drive by upholding common values such as rule of law, respect for cultural traditions and history. Europe believed that by fostering economic and institutional integration...

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The Great Call of China

By Vassilis Ntousas / 6 June, 2017

A plethora of heads of state, over 1000 delegates and a carefully choreographed two-day gathering against the backdrop of an incredibly blue sky, untroubled by the usual pollution of Beijing. The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which took place in the Chinese capital some two weeks ago, turned...

Austrian progressives can breathe a brief sigh of relief, but the real fight has only just begun

By Sebastian Schublach / 14 December, 2016

The far right winning 46.2 per cent of the vote in Austria’s presidential election can hardly be seen as cause for celebration. The final results are in: Alexander Van der Bellen will be the next president of Austria with 53.8 per cent of the vote. Compared to the first runoff...

US Elections: The Post-Policy Campaign

By Ken Gude / 14 September, 2016

One thing about this election campaign is clear: the policy positions of the candidates are practically irrelevant. That’s not to claim that candidates’ policy positions have been the driving feature of previous campaigns—no one ever won the presidency because he had a five-point plan to fix this or that problem. There...

The populism tracker : the new progpost partnership

By admin / 12 July, 2016

The Populism Tracker of The Progressive Post aims at becoming the most comprehensive rubrique investigating the trends of populism in all the countries of the European Union. The website is operated by FEPS and Policy Solutions. Go to spotlights > Populism tracker

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