Korydallos prison in Athens (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by tsiros

Prison conditions in Greece: progress still to be made

Interview with Theodoros Papatheodorou, MP of the Democratic Coalition in the Hellenic Parliament 27 November 2017 | Theodoros Papatheodorou

Taxing the digital economy in the EU

How to deal with the digital giants? An Interview with MEP Paul Tang 16 November 2017 | Paul Tang
Parti Socialiste - Mathieu Delmestre / Solfé communication

Emmanuel Macron’s France: a challenge for the Socialist Party

Olivier Faure, president of the parliamentary group Nouvelle Gauche, analyses the first steps of the new Parliament’s term 16 October 2017
"Library"(CC BY-NC 2.0) by Stewart Butterfield

Academic freedom threatened in Hungary

Strong governmental restrictions put the education system at risk 1 September 2017
"Prison"(CC BY-NC 2.0) by Matthias Müller

Prison conditions in Belgium: an alarming situation

Interview with Özlem Özen, MP of the Socialist Party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives 1 September 2017 | Özlem Özen

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Interview Prisons Human Rights Greece

Prison conditions in Greece: progress still to be made

Interview with Theodoros Papatheodorou, MP of the Democratic Coalition in the Hellenic Parliament27 November 2017 | Theodoros Papatheodorou
Korydallos prison in Athens (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by tsiros

Within the last few years, prison conditions in Greece have improved: alternative sentences were introduced in order to tackle the issue of overcrowding. And yet, some problems remain, such as a flawed reintegration process. According to Theodoros Papatheodorou, there is a need for more cooperation at the European level.

Interview Digital Economy Taxation

Taxing the digital economy in the EU

How to deal with the digital giants? An Interview with MEP Paul Tang16 November 2017 | Paul Tang

As long as the European Union does not adapt the outdated international corporate tax rules – which date back to the time of brick-and-mortar industries – to the era of the digital economy, the EU-countries keep on losing valuable tax revenues. Paul Tang, member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in the European Parliament, answers the questions of #ProgressiveEurope about the taxation of the digital giants.

Interview Elections Political groups

Emmanuel Macron’s France: a challenge for the Socialist Party

Olivier Faure, president of the parliamentary group Nouvelle Gauche, analyses the first steps of the new Parliament’s term16 October 2017
Parti Socialiste - Mathieu Delmestre / Solfé communication

A year after the creation of the “En marche !” movement, the wave of “walkers” lead by Emmanuel Macron conquered the Élysée Palace and the National Assembly. The LREM MPs are in favour of a social liberalism that goes beyond classical political divides. Olivier Faure, president of the parliamentary group Nouvelle Gauche, analyses their strategy and the recent transformations of the French political landscape.

Interview Education Freedom Hungary

Academic freedom threatened in Hungary

Strong governmental restrictions put the education system at risk1 September 2017
"Library"(CC BY-NC 2.0) by Stewart Butterfield

Bertalan Tóth, leader of the parliamentary group of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), answers to the questions of #ProgressiveEurope about the restrictions to academic freedom in Hungary. He argues that the recent amendments to the higher education act could reveal the government’s greed of power on the national and international stage.

Interview Prisons Human Rights Belgium

Prison conditions in Belgium: an alarming situation

Interview with Özlem Özen, MP of the Socialist Party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives1 September 2017 | Özlem Özen
"Prison"(CC BY-NC 2.0) by Matthias Müller

Özlem Özen, MP of the Socialist Party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, answers to the questions of #ProgressiveEurope. She comments on prison conditions and on the lack of financial and human resources in the Belgian penal system. Besides, she calls for a better assistance of prisoners in the process of rehabilitation.

Interview France Elections Political groups

France in the wake of the May 2017 elections

An analyse of the new French political landscape by Valérie Rabault31 August 2017
Christophe Pinard

Valérie Rabault was re-elected MP of the French Socialist Party in 2017. She answers to the questions of #ProgressiveEurope about the prospects of the Socialist Party. She also comments on the first actions of the new presidential majority, led by Emmanuel Macron and his party “La République en Marche”.

Opinions Banking Union Eurozone

The failed attempt at a banking union

A critical analysis of the implementation of a banking union by Carsten Schneider25 August 2017
Carsten Frenzl

The hard-won agreement over joint bank monitoring was mistrusted from the moment it was put into force. The set of rules laid out is porous due to the many exceptions it allows. A commentary piece by Carsten Schneider.

Interview Populism Democracy

Taking a stand against Populism – How can we strengthen our democracy?

Interview with Thomas Oppermann21 July 2017 | Thomas Oppermann
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In our interview with Thomas Oppermann, the Chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group talks about the cause of and ways to deal with populism. He calls for the development of a debate culture in Germany and for a state which looks after the interests of its citizens. This involves looking at social inequalities and insecurity, the crisis of democracy, boundaries and exclusion, and at positive developments.

Opinions Italy Populism

How to get out of the perfect storm

The role of European progressives in the fight against populism12 July 2017
Mario De Carli

Anna Ascani, Member of the Italian Parliament, highlights the rise of populism in Europe, which is embodied in Italy by the Five Star Movement (M5S). To fight against “retromania” and reconcile citizens with politics, she suggests a strengthening of political proposals by European progressives.

OPINIONS EUROPE PORTUGAL

Portugal after the Crisis

An opinion piece by Maria João Rodrigues21 June 2017
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Portugal suffered greatly during and in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis. The country seems to however have managed the difficult situation. The following opinion piece will discuss its implementations for the European Union, as well as for Portugals future.