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Defending fundamental rights and solidarity in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

By Birgit Sippel / 18 December, 2020

In September 2020, the European Commission finally presented its New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The proposals were supposed to inject much-needed momentum into the reform of the European asylum system, which the Council has delayed for too long. But again, we see that Member States maintain well-known positions to...

We need a Europe that cares and that is seen to care

By Frank Vandenbroucke / 24 November, 2020

Two weeks ago, the European Commission published a highly ambitious Communication on a European Health Union. There is little doubt that the EU’s role in health will increase significantly in the near future. There should not just be more Europe, but also a better Europe at play in this crucial...

What digital future for what Social Democracy?

By Evgeny Morozov / 4 September, 2020

Nothing reveals the existential crisis of the Social Democratic model quite like its inability to get a grip on today’s digital society. To reinvigorate itself and society, Social Democracy must embrace a new ambitious project that would not only reveal the true costs and vulnerabilities of neoliberal empowerment (where global...

It is time for the courage to show solidarity!

By Gesine Schwan / 4 May, 2020

The Corona crisis has finally exposed the danger of the “private over state” priority practiced in the past thirty years. For a while already, the need to adequately finance public goods had become clear in many places. Now, no reasonable person will contradict that anymore. In view of our European...

The reconstruction of the European economy after the Corona pandemic

By Gerhard Stahl / 12 April, 2020

While European governments are aware of the need for solidarity and a common answer to the corona pandemic, the concrete form of this solidarity is still debated. The recent decision of the EU Economy and Finance ministers on a support package of around 500 Billion Euro are an important step...

Corona Virus, the greatest test to our values and choices

By Maria João Rodrigues / 20 March, 2020

With COVID 19, humankind seems to be confronted with one of the biggest global vital challenges ever. A highly contagious virus without vaccine seems to melt down the social fabric in almost all areas of our collective life. This will be a hard test for our human bodies, but also...

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‘Collaborative Future Making’ explained

By Per-Anders Hillgren / 19 June, 2018

A key challenge today is that we have lost both our individual and collective capacity for imagination. The ability to imagine radically different versions of what could constitute a future sustainable city and to involve and engage citizens on equal terms will be crucial to cope with increasingly complex societal...

To reunite, we must restore the basics of human cooperation: Trust

By Kathleen Van Brempt / 7 March, 2018

For some years now, we have been living in a highly polarised society, where opposite world views and clashing identities divide us. This division is experienced by most people in the form of deep distrust: distrust in ‘the other’, in institutions, economic agents and banks, political parties and government, law...

Prioritising People and Planet a New Agenda for Global Progress

By FEPS / 5 March, 2018

Never before in human history has the pace of change been so rapid. The nexus of new scientific advances, technological leaps, digitalisation, major demographic changes, and an intensifying globalisation, is impacting our lives with unprecedented force. What is more, a number of developments, including climate change, migration, and urbanisation are...

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