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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
‘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.