A Social Europe

An SPD Parliamentary Group paper exploring a vision for a more social Europe24 July 2017

‘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.

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.

Opinions Trade

Free trade: EU Member States have a say in the bilateral deals

Cooperation as a tool for the regulation of free trade - An opinion piece by Frédéric Daerden2 May 2017 | Frédéric Daerden
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The European Union’s trade strategy is shifting: the focus is no longer on multilateral trade agreements, but rather on the creation of bilateral deals such as CETA. How can the EU Member States cooperate in this context, when international protectionist tendencies are rising?

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
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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.

Conferences of the Presidents

Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The chairpersons met in Berlin for the 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference hosted by the SPD parliamentary group22-23 February 2017 | Berlin
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The conference provided a platform for interesting debates on a wide range of topics as well as an opportunity for social democrats and socialists in the national parliaments of the EU to strengthen their ties.

Conferences of the Presidents

Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference is hosted by the SPD parliamentary group in Berlin22-23 February 2017 | Berlin
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“Towards a Progressive Europe” – this remains the objective of the conference, especially in currently tumultuous times in Europe and the world. After successfully strengthening ties at the conferences in Rome and Paris, the chairmen and chairwomen of the social democratic and socialist parliamentary groups of the national parliaments come together in Berlin for this year’s first gathering.

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.

The French parliament demands concrete actions to increase social justice in Europe

As a reaction to the debate on the European social rights package there is a bundle of demands from France with concrete propositions to fight social injustice1 February 2017
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The European Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly passed a package of demands as a reaction to the debate of the European Commission which should specify the results and thus ensure the social protection of the Europeans through coordinated approach.