Tag: Progressive Cities

Fit out the local Neighbourhoods !


Interview by Alain Bloëdt editor-in-chief of the Progressive Post with theMayor 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 where the vote is compulsory and thus… Read more »

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


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 bring together many different people… Read more »

Urban solutions for European challenges

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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 ever for the EU and… Read more »

Developing mixed open cities of the future

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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 which tells newcomers ‘you must… Read more »

Why must the EU avoid ignoring the cities and regions?

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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 regional authorities have handled the… Read more »

How to boost the Left and stop the far-right


As we move closer to the 2019 European elections, there is a shadow in the form of far-right conservative parties, which is being cast over all the Member States and which is undermining the various European institutions. The expansion of the far right can be explained, in particular, by a lack of action by traditional… Read more »

‘Collaborative Future Making’ explained

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A key challenge today is that we have lost both our individual and collective capacity for imagination. The ability to imagine radically different versions of what could constitute a future sustainable city and to involve and engage citizens on equal terms will be crucial to cope with increasingly complex societal challenges. I have had the… Read more »

For a European “social cities” policy!

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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 this regard. However, we, as… Read more »

Building the democracy of tomorrow in our cities

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While the percentage of the global population living in urban areas continues to rise and now exceeds 50%, the construction of sustainable, democratic cities represents one of the major challenges of the 21st century. As places featuring lots of intermixing, innovation, cultural creation and dissemination as well as strong economic driving forces, cities simultaneously face… Read more »

Exploring the features of European progressive cities

The Progressive Post (PP) – When do you think that European towns and cities started to become progressive? Charlotte Halpern (CH) – There was a clear turning point in the 1970s when a concentration of middle class people and those with greater wealth and education showed an increased interest in culture, sport and quality of… Read more »