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New Left at challenging times

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 20 December, 2019

From the historic return of Polish social democracy to the mainstream of parliamentary life in Poland in October 2019, we have witnessed several important events in Polish public life. Starting with the attempt to depose the President of the Supreme Chamber of Control connected with Law and Justice (PiS), who...

Electoral contagion: the UK coughs and Ireland sneezes

By David Kitching / 20 December, 2019

British and Irish politics have been intertwined for centuries, a fact that Irish political observers have never been able to forget. Such is the case with the saga of Brexit. However, if Irish must now accept Brexit as inevitable, there are a few fundamental protections that cannot be undone. It...

Britain’s warning to social democracy across Europe

By Patrick Diamond / 20 December, 2019

Labour was facing a deeply unpopular Conservative opponent. And still, the Conservatives won their largest parliamentary majority since 1987, the heyday of Margaret Thatcher. Some of the reasons for defeat are particular to the unclear stance on Brexit, the Jeremy Corbyn’s reputation. However they are not the most fundamental reasons for...

Towards a restart of Romanian social democracy

By Victor Negrescu / 10 December, 2019

The Romanian social democrats, the party of the many, like it was once called, with more than half a million members, simply couldn’t convince its traditional voters to participate and get involved at the elections. In the same time, they couldn’t manage to build alliances with the other parties. Isolated,...

What is left after the Romanian presidential elections?

By Ruxandra Ivan / 9 December, 2019

The Romanian political scene is going through defining moments, which started with the euro-parliamentary elections in May and continued with the Presidential elections that were held on November 10 and November 24. It is likely get ever more intense with the local and parliamentary elections next year. In this context,...

The 2019 Romanian presidential elections: a defeat for social democrats and for social justice

By Ramona Coman / 7 December, 2019

Former Prime Minister and President of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Viorica Dăncilă, scored below any expectations. Beyond the worst electoral outcome for the party since 1989 (34%), Social democrats are defeated in a country which is in a great need of social justice and adequate social policies. In Romania, according...

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Progressive Pod on Switzerland Elections

By Olaf Bruns / 25 October, 2019

Rebekka Wyler, co-Secretary General of the Swiss Social Democratic Party, shares her analysis of the recent election in the Switzerland which have brought a shift to the Left, albeit in the form of a ‘green wave’ at the expense of the SP. A clear reminder, that the SP of the...

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Horizons and demarcation lines

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 October, 2019

From today’s perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of Central and Eastern Europe chose a democratic path and reunification with the West. Soon...

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Progressive Pod on Poland Elections

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Just three days after the elections, President Aleksander Kwasniewski (in the office 1995 – 2005) shares with us his insights of the campaign, his reading of the electoral results and how he expects things to unfold.  In a conversation with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, President touches...

Progressive Pod on the renaissance of populism in Europe and the decline of social democracy

By Alain Bloëdt / 3 October, 2019

In her latest book “Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe”, Professor Sheri Berman provides a new understanding of the development of democracy and dictatorship in Europe over the long period from the Ancien Régime to the present day. During this podcast interview, Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post, asks Berman about the lessons we should...

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