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European organic agriculture: future challenges

By Isobel Tomlinson / 18 April, 2019

Organic agriculture in Europe is an economic success story. Organic farming offers a real response to the catastrophic decline in wildlife resulting from intensive industrial farming practices. However, challenges remain, and innovation is needed. The European organic movement with the support of the EU needs to rise to the challenge...

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Organic agriculture: environmental public goods in Europe

By Nicola Love / 17 April, 2019

Scientific evidence supports the positive effects of organic farming on the environment, including enhancing biodiversity, mitigating climate change and improving water quality. Europeans are some of the biggest consumers of organic produce, and the EU is a global leader in developing regulations and policies for organic farming. It is officially...

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Europe’s Millennials want more social protection

By FEPS / 13 April, 2019

Millennials want the European Union to do much more to support social welfare policies like minimum wages, according to the new Millennial Dialogue study by FEPS and ThinkYoung. In the context of the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the Millennial Dialogue survey clearly indicates that young people favour progressive...

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Is free transport ambitious enough?

By Maxime Huré / 31 January, 2019

Against the backdrop of the fight against climate change, ambitious new mobility and transport policies have begun to appear. Making public transport free is one of them.   Progressive Post: Free public transport has existed for a while now, is it the environmental argument that has stoked the debate? Maxime...

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Free public transport capital – free public transport nation

By Allan Alaküla / 9 January, 2019

In July 2018, Estonia became the first free public transport nation, where 11 out of 15 counties offer free bus services for everybody. The decision was based on the positive experience in the capital Tallinn, where public transport is free for its residents since 2013. However radical abolishing all fees...

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The Welfare State Revisited

By José Antonio Ocampo / 1 November, 2018

Since the 1980s, two troublesome trends have affected the world economy. The first is the fairly widespread increase in income inequality. This includes the two major economies of the world (the United States and China) but also several European countries, not to say the former communist countries, which have experienced...

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Creating a European Labour Authority: what are the political and legal constraints?

By Sofia Fernandes / 31 October, 2018

The creation of a European Labour Authority (ELA) is part of the European Commission’s initiatives aimed at ensuring fairer worker mobility within the EU. The challenges to make it efficient and social however are high.   After proposing a revision of a set of European rules on the free movement...

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A Single Market for many Labour Markets

By Jan Cremers / 30 October, 2018

The European Commission plans to set up a European Labour Authority (ELA) to ensure and control social standards for those who work in another Member State. Jan Cremers, however, says it lacks teeth. The ELA’s main task should be to complement, monitor and supervise the activities of labour inspectorates and...

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Change living conditions to counter social chauvinism

By Oliver Nachtwey / 28 October, 2018

In the early 20th century, many thought leaders of Social Democracy were convinced that “new social risks” – such as demographic change – would shape the social conflict of the future. Instead of the conflict between capital and labour, the social question would increasingly play out in conflict and problems...

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The Polish left and the Poland’s women’s fight for survival

By Krystyna Kacpura / 28 October, 2018

Polish women are literally fighting for their lives. The present women’s movement in Poland, illustrated by the Black Protests, represents a challenge to the right-wing government and anti-gender groups who mobilise against policies of equality, women’s reproductive rights and anti-discrimination. It is also an opportunity for the Left to come...

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