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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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The way forward: a Popular Front

By Paul Mason / 11 March, 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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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...

Paul Magnette’s main objectives for Europe

By Paul Magnette / 27 February, 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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European Parliament: illiberal take-over is not on the cards

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke / 25 January, 2019

There are fears that the illiberal right-wing might take over in the 2019 European Election. Tobias Gerhard Schminke, founder of @EuropeElects, indeed sees big wins for the hard far-right and big losses for the centre-left – but according to current polls, the European Parliament won’t fall into the hands of...

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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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“WHAT IS TO BE DONE”

By Susan George / 19 December, 2018

Social Democrats have been sliding into the neoliberal trap – and lost many voters on the way. But there are answers to the question, ‘what is to be done’: facing electoral realities, renouncing neo-liberalism and going green are amongst them.   In 1971, the Republican US President Richard Nixon announced,...

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The Progressive Way in the Invention of the European Union

By Maria João Rodrigues / 5 December, 2018

In spite of overlapping crises, the EU remains the most advanced case of supranational cooperation in human history. Will it survive in a world with big power struggles and nationalistic forces testing a comeback?   This will be at stake in the next years, and it is why next European...

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