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Progressive agents of change

By Felix Butzlaff / 21 May, 2021

In the last decades, demands for orientation and political leadership in increasingly complex societies have risen. And so have demands of citizens for more direct participation. The current pandemic has only exacerbated these possibly contradictory developments. Progressive political parties will have to carefully readjust between citizens’ demands for more participation […]

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The lights from Porto: a small step towards a Social Union?

By Maurizio Ferrera / 11 May, 2021

Some social federalists are disappointed: the Social Summit in Porto was downgraded to little more than a series of workshops, Angela Merkel only appeared online, the final declaration was tepid and the full endorsement of the European Commission’s Action Plan has been delayed to the June session of the European […]

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Artificial Intelligence and social rights: a first assessment

By Brando Benifei / 28 April, 2021

The EC’s recent proposal for AI regulation is the first of its kind in the world. It is an excellent base to shape a domain that opens enormous opportunities. But the door for abuses and wide interpretation by some member states, as well as by illiberal regimes worldwide, is not […]

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A European Social Pillar to shape a larger transformation

By Maria João Rodrigues / 26 January, 2021

An action plan is being prepared to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. But this is also the time to take a long-term perspective, and to reflect on what should be the social dimension of the European project for the next phase. Let us first recall what kind of […]

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For the establishment of a European Child Union

By Brando Benifei / 20 November, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on the most vulnerable groups of society – and that are, often, children. In 2018 the situation was already unacceptable, with over 23 million children at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The current pandemic only exacerbates the situation. In particular, the […]

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#MeToo, the women’s revolution in need of progressive male ‘knights’s to transform the world

By isabella lenarduzzi / 7 August, 2018

Yet who are the real victims? Indecent men, predators, rapists or the women they attacked ?

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EU’s working conditions’ proposals good but more needs to be done

By Agnes Jongerius / 10 July, 2018

An interview by Alain Bloëdt with MEP Agnes Jongerius on the issue of workers’ conditions in the 21st century

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The benefits of having a statutory minimum wage

By Remi Bazillier / 9 July, 2018

Rémi Bazillier explains what he sees as the advantages of having a statutory minimum wage.

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A way forward for minimum wages in the EU

By Guillaume Balas / 9 July, 2018

Setting minimum wages is a way to head off the ongoing threat of economic, tax and social dumping within the European Union.

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A European system of minimum wages for equality-led development

By Ozlem Onaran / 9 July, 2018

Establishing a sufficiently high statutory minimum wage is one of the most effective policy tools to tackle the worrisome growth of in-work poverty.

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