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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.