Interview Populism Democracy

Taking a stand against Populism – How can we strengthen our democracy?

Interview with Thomas Oppermann, President of the German SPD parliamentary group21 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 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.

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 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.

Opinion Trade

Regulation as an Opportunity

An opinion piece by Carsten Schneider5 April 2017 | Carsten Schneider
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Some politicians’ economic policy ideas are a breeding ground for the next crisis. As chair of the G20, Germany must take a stand against this.

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.

Opinions EU

Progressives Need to Strive for a Political Union

But they must overcome many obstacles – An op-ed by Ettore Rosato2 March 2017 | Ettore Rosato
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"Ettore Rosato a Bologna" (CC-BY) by Francesco Pierantoni

Nationalism and a technocratic understanding of integration have been hindering the European integration. Even though the way towards a better Europe today might be harder than ever, progressives need to continue striving for the political union. The President of the Partito Democratico group in the Italian Parliament, Ettore Rosato, explains, why active listening and humility will be key to win public support for the progressive agenda.

Opinions Brexit

Watchdogs and Veto players of the Brexit negotiations

Europe’s parliaments will keep an eye on Brexit negotiations16 December 2016 | Valentin Kreilinger
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Since UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that “Brexit means Brexit”, many wonder how the process of negotiating Brexit will unfold. What governments and EU institutions do, will in any case be controlled by parliaments. They matter when it comes to Brexit. Valentin Kreilinger, Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, explains why.