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Fixing the ethics of enlargement

By Florent Marciacq / 22 June, 2021

The EU’s current approach to enlargement reflects ethical positions that are seemingly promoting a utilitarian, meritocratic and deontological understanding of European integration. But what if the flaws the EU and Western Balkans currently face in their relationship had to do with more these ethics of enlargement than the accession methodology […]

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New horizons for a Political Europe

By Jo Leinen / 19 June, 2021

We are living in a moment of great changes in the personal life of many citizens, as well as in the political life of our societies in Europe. The digital revolution is transforming communication and political debate alike. The decarbonisation of all our activities will be an extraordinary challenge for […]

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Progressive agents of change

By Felix Butzlaff / 21 May, 2021

In the last decades, demands for orientation and political leadership in increasingly complex societies have risen. And so have demands of citizens for more direct participation. The current pandemic has only exacerbated these possibly contradictory developments. Progressive political parties will have to carefully readjust between citizens’ demands for more participation […]

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Post-pandemic recovery: a blueprint for progressives

By Dmitris Tsarouhas / 21 May, 2021

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, the EU finds itself at a historic juncture. The adoption of an ambitious recovery instrument offers a golden opportunity to go beyond ‘business as usual’ and forge a new social contract. Putting the public interest at the heart of the recovery strategy can prove […]

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Can this be the time to reframe the concept of a state?

By Ania Skrzypek / 21 May, 2021

It has become a well-known truth that in the time of the ultimate test – Covid – citizens turned to their governments. They have been looking for protection, for help and for reassurance, that collective effort can make the pandemic fade away. Social Democrats who were at the helm of […]

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The Bulgarian parliamentary elections of 4 April and the quest for a new social contract

By Georgi Pirinski / 9 April, 2021

The big winners of the 2021 parliamentary election in Bulgarian were three new parties, that will now enterparliament and that had championed last summer’s “Things Can’t Go on Like This” protests. The ‘systemic’ parties were punished, with prime minister Borissov’s GERB taking first place but with insufficient votes to form […]

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Bulgarian elections 2021: shattered status quo and the need to revive the left

By Teodor Slavev / 9 April, 2021

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, Bulgarians have firmly proved they want a political change by electing six parties to the National Assembly. Corruption, fear and protests influenced the election results on 4 April and cast a shadow over the prospects of a stable government. In the summer of […]

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Time for an EU Child guarantee: effective, inclusive and free

By Christian Morabito / 24 March, 2021

Today, the European Commission has presented a proposal to the EU council for a Child Guarantee Council Recommendation. It is a timely step for the European Commission to prioritise childcare and children’s rights and to invite member states to step up their plans to fight inequalities already during the early […]

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Last call for the Dutch Left?

By Klara Boonstra / 23 March, 2021

Last week’s elections in the Netherlands show a disastrous result for the three traditional left-wing parties. But defining themselves by emphasising their differences, steadily diminishes their common impact. There is a debate on uniting these three parties into one. A major intervention is certainly required, but a merger should not […]

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An opportunity for Catalonia

By Javi López / 2 March, 2021

On 14 February, Catalonia has elected a new Parliament. This was the fourth snap election in the region in almost ten years, a clear illustration of the political instability that has become installed in this north-eastern region of Spain. It was also the last episode of a three-year-long internal fight […]

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