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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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Disabilities attacks in Italy….Stay tuned

By Laura Coccia / 24 January, 2019

Maybe we cannot yet speak of an emergency, but the attacks that some members of the new Italian populist government have reserved for disability cannot fail to cause concern.   Let’s start from the beginning. The decision to propose for the first time a Ministry of the Family and Disability...

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Who can afford a family life today?

By Sinead Pembroke / 24 January, 2019

‘The future of work’, is often discussed in relation to the inevitable effects of technology and doomsday scenarios of mass-unemployment. However, the increasing flexibility and precarity that we are witnessing today, are a consequence of decisions made by policymakers and businesses – they are not inevitable. Precarious work precarious lives:...

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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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Social housing : the Vienna Model

By Michael Ludwig / 8 June, 2018

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...

Financing migrant integration in combination with municipality development

By Gesine Schwan / 9 February, 2018

To meet human rights standards in refugee policy the EU should combine the financing of refugee integration with financing for the development of municipalities hosting these refugees.   Respective community decision making should be based on multi-stakeholder participation. European governments should decide voluntarily on quotas of refugees and at the...

From Delors’ compact to Social Union

By László Andor / 9 February, 2018

Divergence between EU countries in terms of unemployment and poverty levels as well as working conditions has been identified as major destabilising factors in the European Union. The Gothenburg declaration by EU leaders about the European Pillar of Social Rights is only a first step to addressing these issues.  ...

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A progressive roadmap towards EU 2019 elections

By Maria João Rodrigues / 2 February, 2018

Editorial from the January 2018 edition of The Progressive Post   This time things mights be different. The 2019 European elections are drawing ever closer, but, before they take place, a sequence of key, long awaited decisions might be taken and reshape the the face of the EU. The overlapping...

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European Social Democracy must re-invent itself

By Martin Winkler / 3 January, 2018

Social democratic parties find themselves in a deep crisis, losing ground in setting the political agenda and organisational power, reaching an existence-threatening extent. Was the year 2000 really the end of the social democratic century just like the liberal German-British sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf predicted in his essay in 1987?  ...

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