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Public housing, a creator of wealth

By Cédric Van Styvendael / 15 February, 2019

For the last ten years, policies in Europe’s cities have become more and more liberal. Yet housing is a major concern for Europe’s citizens. It is the duty of the Progressives to refocus their attention on affordable housing, says Cédric Van Styvendael, President of Housing Europe, the European federation of...

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Social housing : the Vienna Model

By Michael Ludwig / 14 February, 2019

Numerous international delegations have travelled to see Vienna in the past couple of years to get to know its subsidised housing programme. Almost as often, the city has been invited to present the ‘Vienna Model’ abroad. Most of the topics broached focus on the overriding question: ‘How is Vienna doing...

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Social housing in a time of cutbacks

By Hannu Ruonavaara / 8 January, 2019

Social housing used to be one of the main instruments for governments to tackle housing problems in Europe in the post-World War II period. During the last decades many countries have experienced a government retrenchment from housing policy, involving cuts in government spending on housing, deregulation of housing markets and...

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Adapting to climate change: a myriad of technical solutions

By André van de Nadort / 1 November, 2018

As a municipality, it is our task to provide our inhabitants with a liveable environment. This includes climate adaptation – responding to changing climate conditions. In the Netherlands, as in other countries, we are dealing with increasingly severe rainfall. We want to reduce our vulnerability to this and take measures...

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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Karlsruhe’s festival: ‘Upheaval – Awakening. Equal rights for all’

By Susanne Asche / 11 July, 2018

Art and culture can create an atmosphere of cosmopolitanism and can encourage people to resist racism and xenophobia. Suzanne Asche presents us with the most important structures and events through which art and culture and the department of cultural affairs of the city of Karlsruhe sought to defend democracy and...

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Fit out the local Neighbourhoods !

By Philippe Close / 11 July, 2018

Interview by Alain Bloëdt editor-in-chief of the Progressive Post with the Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close   The Progressive Post: How do you explain the increase in public trust in local politics vis a vis national politics? Philippe Close: The question is difficult to answer in a country like Belgium...

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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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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...

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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...

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