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.

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.

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.

Opinions

A new responsibility

The democratic debate, the answer to a European project under threat12 September 2016 | Bruno Le Roux, Thomas Oppermann & Ettore Rosato
Thomas Oppermann, Bruno Le Roux and Ettore Rosato

As the European Project seems to be more and more in need of evaluation and re-thinking, Bruno Le Roux, Thomas Oppermann and Ettore Rosato insist on the importance of reinforcing the democratic debate. The launch of the website “Progressive Europe” aims to contribute to the success of this dialogue and cooperation between the socialist and social democratic parliamentary groups in the European member states.

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.