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The Myth of a Progressive Trudeau

By Luke Savage / 13 November, 2019

It’s a rarity for Canada to receive attention from abroad, let alone the positively gushing kind that greeted the arrival of Justin Trudeau’s premiership in the late fall of 2015. So immediately rapturous was the new prime minister’s international reception that many people, both inside the country and out, came...

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Social investment if not now, when? 

By Robin Huguenot-Noel / 21 October, 2019

For almost two decades EU institutions have paid lip-service to capacitating welfare provision. With the new legislature, it’s time to ratchet up domestic social investment. A ‘golden rule’ of exempting certain types of social spending from the Eurozone fiscal rule book for about a decade would allow to invest in...

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Strengthening social policies to counter nationalists

By Laurent Berger / 12 September, 2019

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges for Progressives to regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Read the interview with Laurent  Berger, the new president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) by Alain...

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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...

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