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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
Christophe Pinard

France in the wake of the May 2017 elections

An analyse of the new French political landscape by Valérie Rabault 31 August 2017
Carsten Frenzl

The failed attempt at a banking union

A critical analysis of the implementation of a banking union by Carsten Schneider 25 August 2017
strassenstriche.net

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

Interview with Thomas Oppermann 21 July 2017 | Thomas Oppermann

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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.

Opinions Luxembourg Migration Housing Brexit

Social Democratic Priorities in Luxembourg: an Interview with Alex Bodry

Alex Bodry shares his insights on the current state of migration and housing in Luxembourg, and his view on Brexit12 June 2017 | Alex Bodry
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Alex Bodry, Member of the Luxembourg Parliament and President of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in Luxembourg, speaks to #ProgressiveEurope about his priorities regarding immigration, the housing market and his opinion on Brexit.

Europe Employment Security Immigration

An Agenda Close to the Citizens: the Key to the Future of Europe

Employment, security and integration: the three priorities for the success of the European project - an opinion piece by Laura Garavini31 May 2017 | Laura Garavini
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In the context of increasing populism, important developments are required in order to guarantee the future of Europe. To win back the trust of its citizens, the EU needs an agenda which addresses their concerns, in particular regarding employment, security and integration.

Europe Migration

Croatian Priorities in the Council of Europe: An Interview with Domagoj Hajduković

Domagoj Hajduković, Croatian Representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, speaks to #ProgressiveEurope23 May 2017 | Domagoj Hajduković
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Domagoj Hajduković represents the Croatian Social Democratic Party in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Here, he tells #ProgressiveEurope about his priorities during the next sitting of the Assembly at the end of June and how he wants to improve the safety of asylum seekers.