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Paul Magnette’s main objectives for Europe

By Paul Magnette / 23 May, 2019

Paul Magnette outlines his four main topics for the European election campaign: the fight against global warming, the fight against tax fraud, European migration policy and the renewal of democracy. Four paths to follow for the European elections, exclusively for the Progressive Post. Progressive Post: Why do you get involved...

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The way forward: a Popular Front

By Paul Mason / 23 May, 2019

Paul Mason argues that the Left needs to draw inspiration from the 1930s ‘popular front’ idea and increase their prospects of gaining power by forming red-red-green alliances.   To fight the resurgent right effectively, we need to understand what is driving it. For me it is not about economic performance...

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Social Democracy in the time of cyberdemocracy

By Christophe Rouillon / 11 May, 2019

How to bridge the gap between technology and Progressives? In favour of training progressive elected representatives and activists, Christophe Rouillon encourages Social Democrats to join democracy 2.0 – a challenge for the upcoming European elections. The cyberspace is a new space of public expression that politicians can no longer ignore....

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Sharing the cake equally

By Andreas Schieder / 20 April, 2019

Nationalism and right-wing populism are on the rise in Austria and throughout Europe. The Progressive strategy to counter them: upholding Progressive values and showing how the European idea is linked to them. At the same time, we need a Union that improves people’s daily lives: a social European Union. In...

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The Europe we want, the Europe we convey

By Iratxe Garcia-Perez / 19 April, 2019

Europe must become an inspiring idea once more, synonymous with progress and improving living conditions: the Social Europe we’re working for. We face the challenge of encouraging citizens to participate in this idea, through proximity communication, sectorial actions and the involvement of our leaders. But also through the use of...

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Winning back citizens’ trust with ambitious messages

By Tuulia Pitkänen / 12 April, 2019

The Social Democrats are leading in the Finnish polls and are well on track to increase the number of centre-left MEP’s from the EU’s northernmost country. Ambitious policy production and renewal of the political programmes have been key factors in regaining the political initiative. The era of social media has...

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Strengthening progressive language

By Luis Arroyo / 28 March, 2019

In 2018, Luis Arroyo has helped to analyse the S&D group’s language and suggested more effective ways to get their message through.   Progressives are somewhat more sensitive to Protection and Fairness, and as we move on the scale that goes from “very progressive” to “very conservative”, sensitivity to both...

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Social Democracy: daring to be more radical

By Fabien Escalona / 11 March, 2019

Social Democracy, as a family of political parties, is in the midst of an existential crisis. Its unity, its long-term future and the status of its members on the political scene are under threat. To remain true to the cause that saw them emerge in response to the industrial capitalism...

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Wanted: a programme for the Left

By Eva Illouz / 11 March, 2019

The political Left finds its source in two struggles: one against the exploitation of human labour, the other for the emancipation of disenfranchised groups and individuals. The first is identified as the socialist Left, the second as the liberal Left. The first emphasises economic policies of redistribution and the regulation...

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Resist the ‘Zeitgeist’

By Robert Misik / 7 January, 2019

The Left is in crisis. Specifically the left parties are in crisis. It’s mostly parties that have stopped resisting, parties that gave in to a neoliberal ‘Zeitgeist’. We need to see them fighting again.   We talk about the ‘crisis of the Left’, or ‘the Left in crisis, but we...

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