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The deceptive opposition between nationalists and progressives

Thinking he could replay the scenario of his 2017 presidential campaign, during which he had presented himself as a bulwark against the far right, the French President Emmanuel Macron made the alternative between progressives and nationalists ...
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Horizons and demarcation lines

From today's perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of ...
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Strengthening social policies to counter nationalists

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges for Progressives to regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Read the interview with ...
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The new European Parliament: tackling the triple injustice of climate change

The recent election to the European Parliament marked a turning point in the EU’s history: for the first time, rising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation became a significant factor in electoral choices. Climate change ...
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It’s time for systemic change

The next legislature will be crucial in putting the transition in motion towards a low-carbon and circular economy and socially inclusive society and turn the many challenges into opportunities. There is no ‘invisible hand’ that will ...
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“The technocratic approach is not credible anymore” – real debate is needed

In his recent book, 'Alarums and Excursions – improvising politics on the European stage', the Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar analyses how a decade of crises – from the financial chaos of the euro and the ...
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“Citizens need to organise against the social media regime”

Big Tech and governments are creating a powerful system of surveillance capitalism. But Vincent Mosco sees alternatives: citizens' mobilisation, applying anti-monopoly legislation, breaking the likes of Google and Facebook and European alternatives are amongst them. Progressive ...
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Tightening the knot

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) killing democracy? The short answer is no. Not yet. However, AI does affect core principles of democratic societies. Let us take a look at one fundamental pillar of democracies: elections. Elections are ...
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Resisting surveillance

Shoshana Zuboff's new book 'Surveillance Capitalism' explores a new step in the history of capitalism, where big tech, and increasingly other branches of the economy, are making profits with data, extracted from citizens without their consent, ...
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Cognitive capitalism and the assault on democracy

From our idea of a human being to every aspect of society – in the light of Artificial Intelligence, everything needs to be re-thought. Saving us and our society won't happen without a profound questioning of ...
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No reason for AI and GAFAM to escape democratic oversight

The triad of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are the core elements of western, liberal constitutions. All actions of government, legislators and indeed societal reality are measured against these principles. Given the foreseeable ...
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Setting up the internet for the common good

A Dutch coalition of about 20 parties, reaching about 5 to 7 million people, has joined forces to combat Silicon Valley capitalism and Chinese collectivism. It's about fixing the internet and making it work for the ...
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