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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.

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Third Conference – Towards a Progressive Europe

European MPs met on 15-16 September in the Portuguese Parliament15-16 September 2016 | Assembleia da República, Lisbon
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On invitation of the Parliamentary Group of the Portuguese Socialist Party, the #ProgressiveEurope Interparliamentary Conference gathering MPs specialised in fiscal and budgetary affairs took place in the Assembleia da República on 15-16 September 2016. The European parliamentarians were welcomed by César Carlos, Chairman of the Socialist Group at Assembleia da República and by Paulo Trigo Pereira, Vice-Chairman of the financial and budgetary affairs committee. (more…)

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Towards a Progressive Europe – Vol. 2

Second European parliamentary conference in Paris7-8 April 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris
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In April 2016, Socialist and Social Democrats members of European national parliaments and the European parliament working for the respective finance and budget commissions held a meeting in Paris.

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Socialist and Social-Democratic European parliamentarians against tax evasion

The French magazine L’Obs reviews the Paris Conference8 April 2016
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The French news magazine L’Obs has published on 8 April 2016 an article about the interparliamentary Conference which took place in Paris on 7-8 April 2016.

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Joint resolution of the second interparliamentary conference

Agreement on a common declaration in Paris8 April 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris

After a first edition in Berlin in October 2015, the European progressive interparliamentary conference took place for the second time on 7-8 April 2016 in the Assemblée Nationale in Paris. This new meeting format is coming from the will of the socialist and social democratic MPs of the committees for finance and for budget of the national and European parliaments in order to exchange on economic policies to be implemented in Europe, to elaborate together convergence points.

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Towards a Progressive Europe

First European parliamentary conference in Berlin15-16 October 2015 | Bundestag, Berlin

The Eurozone crisis and the protracted, months-long negotiations on a new Greek bailout have broughtdeep cracks in the European integration project to the fore . It also revealeddifferences between Europe’s progressive parties. Now Europe seems to be faced with a choice: more Europe and closer integration, or a reversion to nation states and national interests? Faced with this choice, the parliamentary group of the SPD invited social-democratic and socialist parliamentarians from across the EU to Berlin for the first inter-parliamentary conference, entitled “Towards a Progressive Europe”. Das Progressive Zentrum organised the conference on behalf of the group.

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European Politics in Stormy Times

Evening reception with the German Federal Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier15 October 2015 | Berlin
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister for Foreign Affairs, © DPZ

On the 15th of October,  the German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, spoke about the state of European politics at an evening reception organised by Das Progressive Zentrum and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. Social Democrat parliamentarians from across the EU were invited to the conference, entitled “Towards a Progressive Europe” and focusing on financial and economic policy.