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Support local culture, increase accessibility

By Karolina Ziolo-Puzuk / 16 January, 2019

Culture remains a sensitive mechanism that responds quickly when a political or social change occurs, even before it becomes apparent to the wider public. Therefore some radical governments may feel the need to control culture in order to suppress its natural tendency of being a social negative/positive change barometer. The...

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The future of the left in Brazil

By Monica Valente / 9 January, 2019

The recent elections in Brazil took place against the background of a widespread anti-politics, anti-PT and anti-system feeling. In this particular context, Jair Bolsonaro manage to style himself as a anti-system maverik candidate – while he benefited at the same time form the support by such traditionally conservative institutions as...

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Toward a Progressive Understanding of Culture: Language, Policies and Vision

By Mafalda Dâmaso / 4 January, 2019

To build public faith in democracy throughout Europe, Progressives must deliver policies of redistribution as well as recognition. Culture is key in this regard.   When they are asked about their vision for the future – both for their states as well as for the European Union – Progressives immediately...

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Migration: there are alternatives!

By Catherine Woollard / 10 December, 2018

The FEPS publication “Prioritising people: a progressive narrative on migration”, presented at the United for Migration conference in New York in September, as well as the discussions and events around the presentation, demonstrate that there are alternatives to the negative and defeatist approach to migration that dominates the European political...

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Call to the Left

By Luca Visentini / 4 December, 2018

The Left must seize European elections as opportunity to transform Europe and guarantee sustainable well-being for everyone.   The current European project is unable to build a prosperous, shared future for everyone in all countries – economic and social indicators across Europe clearly point in this direction. Certainly, the European...

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Migration for a new european asylum

By Gesine Schwan / 4 December, 2018

Whether the EU will remain a democratic institution following the European Parliament elections in May 2019 will depend on majority support. The populist right-wing is determined to exploit the refugee issue – which has been unresolved for years – to establish an illiberal Europe. There is a realistic chance that...

The challenge of Europe: growth and social cohesion

By Pedro Sanchez / 9 November, 2017

The Great Recession and the errors in European economic policy have led to a sharp increase in inequalities; a problem that, along with climate change, is the particular challenge for Europe in the next decades.   The inequalities that are emerging are morally unjust, undermining economic growth and dangerously undermining...

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We must introduce social considerations into the various economic policy mechanisms

By Nicolas Schmit / 8 November, 2017

An interview with Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Economy by Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post.   PP :  Are the new proposals from the Commission on Social Europe simply a recurring theme ever-present in European politics or do they represent a real change in...

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German Elections: Why did the Progressives fare badly and why did the AfD do so well?

By Christian Odendahl / 7 November, 2017

The major shock in the German elections was that the right wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland won nearly 13% of the vote whilst the centre right CDU/CSU and the centre left SPD lost considerable ground compared to the 2013 elections. In an interview with the Progressive Post, Christian Odendahl...

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The SPD after the federal election in 2017

By Fedor Ruhose / 30 October, 2017

The SPD has lost the fight against Angela Merkel and her CDU for the fourth time in a row. The worst result since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany has a new element to it even for crisis-hardened social democrats. The party must look at the causes of...