Interview Education Freedom Hungary

Academic freedom threatened in Hungary

Strong governmental restrictions put the education system at risk1 September 2017
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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 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.

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.

Opinions Europe

Europe Needs Greater Solidarity

An opinion piece by Jakob von Weizsäcker13 April 2017
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If the European economic and social model is to live to see brighter days, three changes are required: more centralisation, more competition and more trust in each other. These factors could allow new instruments of solidarity to develop, such as a European unemployment insurance system.

Opinions Youth

“Youth Declaration”: A far-reaching plan to support the European youth

European social democrats and socialists pass the “Youth Declaration”29 March 2017
Gilles Francios

European leftist forces have passed a new, far-reaching position paper to support the youth of Europe. It aims to improve the mobility of young people and enhance their access to work, culture and education. The parliamentarians have developed several concrete suggestions, such as the “European Mobility Pass”, as a part of this initiative.

Events Social Europe

60 Years in the Making: Europe as a Social Community

Conference in Berlin on a social Europe in response to growing inequality and ever-increasing nationalism in the EU16 February 2017 | Berlin | Axel Schäfer
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On 16 February 2017, the SPD Bundestag will host the conference “60 Years in the Making: Europe as a Social Community.” The conference will provide a platform for an exchange on a stronger, fairer and more social Europe.

Report Social policy

A Social Europe

An SPD Parliamentary Group paper exploring a vision for a more social Europe24 December 2016 | SPD parliamentary group

‘A Social Europe’ is a paper written by the SPD Parliamentary Group which defines concrete social problems across the EU member states. Claiming that Brexit offers the perfect opportunity to shift the focus back onto social policies, the paper suggests measures which could be undertaken to steer the EU member states towards a more social Europe.

Opinions Brexit

Remain & Reform

An opinion piece from Bruno Le Roux & Thomas Oppermann22 June 2016 | Bruno Le Roux & Thomas Oppermann
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Shortly before the referendum on Great Britain’s European Union membership, the chairmen of the SPD’s parliamentary group in the Bundestag and the “groupe socialiste, écologiste et républicain” in the French National Assembly joined together to present their propositions in light of the current EU crisis. With regard to the possibility of a “Brexit”, Thomas Oppermann and Bruno Le Roux support the Member States’ rapprochement and a closer cooperation with the objective of implementing new reforms, in particular between France and Germany.