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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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Why we need an Open Left

By Andrew Gamble / 18 December, 2018

The Left has been losing ground for a decade. How does it reinvent itself and become successful again in the battle of ideas? It has to embrace new radical ideas and do politics differently.   Progressives believe that human societies are capable of being improved, but are also aware that...

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Democracy and citizens’ expectations

By Ana Catarina Mendes / 17 December, 2018

The Social Democratic parties are the leading political force in the fight against the enemies of democracy because the success of a political system is measured by its capacity to meet the expectations of its citizens, by its capacity to improve the living standards of its people.   Let there...

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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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Call to the Left

By Luca Visentini / 4 December, 2018

The Left must seize European elections as opportunity to transform Europe and guarantee sustainable well-being for everyone.   The current European project is unable to build a prosperous, shared future for everyone in all countries – economic and social indicators across Europe clearly point in this direction. Certainly, the European...

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Migration for a new european asylum

By Gesine Schwan / 4 December, 2018

Whether the EU will remain a democratic institution following the European Parliament elections in May 2019 will depend on majority support. The populist right-wing is determined to exploit the refugee issue – which has been unresolved for years – to establish an illiberal Europe. There is a realistic chance that...

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European Progressives and the possible way forward

By Ernst Stetter / 3 December, 2018

It is very clear that the results of the elections over the last five years are saying to the Progressives that they cannot simply continue thinking in traditional ways, proposing the usual and conventional solutions and hoping that the pendulum would shift very soon, elevating them into a more powerful,...

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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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Poland’s Left: Fragmented and in disarray

By Maria Skóra / 20 June, 2018

In the 2015 parliamentary elections, the results of the Polish Left were not good enough to enable them to win seats in the Polish parliament. Today, the biggest problem on the path towards challenging the governing national-conservative PiS party is that left wing parties are fragmented. Maria Skora looks back...

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