Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical

Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed the creation of new bodies, for example a euro zone parliament, strengthen European democracy? I don’t think so. If the EU went to see an “Institutional Doctor”, he or she wouldn’t be able to diagnose a great deal and wouldn’t...
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Europe’s democratic deficit is anthropolitical Will increasing the competencies of the European institutions, such as the Commission, or indeed...
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There are only anachronisms in today’s world A common criticism of the European technocrats is that they live in their own...
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Progressivism is the best way to be a feminist. Feminism is the best way to be a Progressive! Real equality between women and men is the base of European values and of...
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2019: The European Year of Faith? The Future of Europe was always a constant source of concern for those who...
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Can the next European elections actually be about choosing alternative scenarios? The short answer is ‘yes’ but this requires a fundamental shift in terms of...
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Can Progressives lead towards the establishment of a new kind of political coalition for the EU? In fully developed competitive democracies, elections generally are about choosing alternative scenarios. This being...
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Progressives need to establish a (different) political coalition for the EU European elections not only can, but will certainly be about choosing alternative scenarios. Hopefully,...
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Efficiency and equity: Implications for a new pattern of European integration Over the last few months the wind has positively changed in Europe. From the...
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Europe has to be truly social and more democratic “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy,...
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The time has come for Progressives to reclaim the process of EU integration 60 years after the Rome treaties, time has come for progressives to reclaim the...
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Progressives must insist on democracy! Warm thanks to the FEPS for giving me this opportunity to affirm my fervent...
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The wind of anti-Europeanism is weakening Is the wind of anti-Europeanism really weakening? Looking at the results of the past...
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FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 22-23 June 2017 When European leaders met in Brussels last week (22-23 June), security and defence was...
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Where and why do we need policy coordination in Europe? The European Union was first and foremost a political project. It was meant to...
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A taxation revolution My brother-in-law Ludwig died on Saturday 11 March, 2017. Ludwig was 62 this year, so...
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Nothing is agreed until everything is lost? European citizens in Brexit negotiations Formal negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union are yet to begin. However,...
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Taxation: The key to European integration and Spanish cohabitation The process of European integration is clearly undergoing a difficult phase. Numerous proposals have...
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Europe’s fiscal balancing act The European Union’s lack of fiscal harmonisation is one of its Achilles’ heels and...
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Source the crowd, don’t rouse the rabble: Crowdsourcing as a modest response to populism Many political actors have experimented with ‘crowdsourcing’, or in other words, the testing and...
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After 10 years of economic crisis and austerity, the first signs of a European spring? It is ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-8. Ten years lost and...
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How the financial industry mobilised against the European Financial Transaction Tax Despite broad post-crisis support in Europe for a financial transaction tax, the financial industry...
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Germany’s social democrats After Martin Schulz became leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was nominated...
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Putting Citizens First: Attributing the 73 UK seats at the 2019 European elections Brexit, unfortunate as it is, may nevertheless give rise to some fortunate opportunities for...
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The European Pillar of Social Rights On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of...
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What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party? The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of...
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Party before country I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence...
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Brexit negotiations have begun – representing the views and interests of Millenials First, a declaration of interest. I am one of the 3 million European citizens...
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The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in...
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Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next? When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by...
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A bowling alley election A great deal has already been said about this presidential election: a hold-up, an...
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Fluctuating democracy: the volatile state Does the 2017 presidential election not appear to have more in common with a...
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Four Frances in a stand-off Cut into four. Divided, fractured. Frédéric Dabi, Deputy Director General of Ifop, and Chloé...
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Shaping the campaign This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website The opinion polls currently point...
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Planet UK: news from another galaxy So now we know what the EU negotiating position on Brexit will be. To...
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Promises, promises This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website After the ‘longest suicide note...
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The last few weeks of an atypical campaign The spectre of a Mélenchon / Le Pen second round favoured Emmanuel Macron The...
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The impact of Russia in national campaigns in the EU. Is the Bulgarian case an exception? Russia is back. What appears as a smart combination of diplomatic skills, traditional military...
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Divides within politics To be effective, democracy requires a certain degree of political divide within the spectrum...
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Europe is not a Foreign Affair! Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique...
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An obstacle course until… 18th June The successive trends amongst recent surveys have only served to confirm that the voter...
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WiFi4EU: One step forward, two steps back? Internet connectivity is a key driver of social empowerment and an essential precondition for...
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Higher growth, equity and solidarity to relaunch the European project This text is based on thoughts presented by Paolo Guerrieri at the FEPS conference...
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Brexit and a New Deal for financial services One of the most important, and most controversial, elements of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations...
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How should progressives respond to the EU’s many crises and challenges to democracy? In recent years, the European Union has suffered through a cascading set of crises....
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Looking for a different Europe – reflections and perspectives The following text is transcribed and translated from a speech by Nicolas Schmit during...
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A democrat’s conviction Memory is a rucksack which we carry on our backs. Some of us feel...
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A coconut shy election The French presidential election in reality began on Monday 20 March upon conclusion of...
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There is still no alternative: Germany’s “Schwarze Null” and its discontents In 2017, Germany will run a balanced budget for the fourth year in a...
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2007 – 2017: Ten years of “marino-lepen-ism” To truly understand the determination and drive which carries Marine Le Pen and analyse...
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Progressive policies for EU growth and equity This text is based on thoughts presented by Stephany Griffith-Jones at the FEPS conference...
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Which powers back to the Member States? With the White Paper on the Future of Europe, presented on 1 March (here),...
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Poland versus the EU – another battle done, while the struggle is still far from being over… The last summit ended with observers shaking their heads with disbelief. It was the...
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Explaining the Martin Schulz phenomenon At first glance, the resurrection of the German SPD looks like a miracle. Only...
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To celebrate the 60th Birthday The best way to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Treaty of Rome is...
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Progressive leadership The electoral year in Europe started last week with national elections in the Netherlands....
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Devastating defeat for Labour; where do we go from here? The results of the elections on 15th March show an unprecedented loss of 29...
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The Future of Poland in the EU is at stake! The European Council meeting showed an insufferable indolence of the foreign policy of the...
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Terra incognita Rarely has a presidential election so closely resembled a terra incognita before. It goes...
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Making Europe Great Again: The progressive way As we approach the celebration of the EU’s 60th birthday, the European project has...
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Who are the undecided voters? This presidential campaign has been marked by an unprecedented amount of voter volatility. As...
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Uncertainties: how to define the 2017 presidential election For several weeks now, commentators and polling institutes have repeatedly highlighted the low voter...
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Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: The revival of European Interests? On 25 March Rome will host representatives from the 28 member states as they...
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On equal distance in difficult times Over the last year of the current government of Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Eng. Law...
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Macron and Hamon: where do their voter bases lie? How have the rallies in recent weeks changed the composition of potential voters for...
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Co-determination before the European Court of Justice: No applause for the European Commission, please On 24 January 2017, the highly-anticipated hearing concerning corporate co-determination (Erzberger vs TUI, C-566/15)...
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Presidential election: Balance of power on the left During this presidential election voters on the left are being forced to decide between...
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The World’s First Transnational Democracy The Treaty of Rome was born in a time of deep crisis. After failed...
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Refugee policy: For humanity, against hypocrisy The Federal Government is glossing over the deterrence and deportations with weasel words about...
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The next steps Headlines in Britain have for months been full of Brexit. But even as Theresa...
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The final straw “Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU...
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The French National Front and Lebanon Whilst the role of the European Union on an international level is being questioned...
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Five Scenarios For Europe But No Clear Positioning On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’...
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The Global Food Waste Scandal – And how Donald Trump is going to fix it Over the last couple of years, the debate about the global food waste scandal...
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Turning Surplus into a Social Benefit Consumer goods waste is worth billions of euros every year. However, current tax legislation...
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British Politics in times of Brexit – where do we go from here? For the first time in the history of the European Union (EU) a member...
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Wifi4EU – A contribution to a Progressive Digital Union Digital connection as a means for social inclusion. In what way can the Wifi4EU...
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Brexit Negotiations: Why the European Union has no room for concessions The exit of Great Britain from the European Union is taking shape. At the...
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The German Extreme Right and the French Interpretation In recent days, the German Constitutional Court refused to ban the NDP and the...
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The quadruple irresponsibility of Brexit Now that the United Kingdom government has started to clarify its intentions for life...
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From the frying pan into the fire. Migration: after Turkey, the EU turns to Libya About one year ago, the attention of the EU focused, as far as the...
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Brexit becomes reality For pro-Europeans in Britain the last six months have been devastating. For a while,...
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Brexit: a fiasco and an opportunity A hard Brexit will ultimately damage both the UK and the EU. But for...
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Si vis pacem, para bellum? In the context of an ever more dangerous geopolitical environment, a stronger and more...
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Ones to watch: Bohuslav Sobotka What were your main motivations to start a political career? When the Velvet Revolution...
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The Sorcerer and the Apprentice? Geert Wilders in the Wake of Trump’s Victory Donald Trump’s shock victory in the US presidential elections has led to an explosion...
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Donald Trump and the Transatlantic Alliance Trump’s view of allies and trade represents an existential threat to the transatlantic alliance....
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Britain: Turbulent Tories at the helm The UK government entered the Brexit negotiations on 19th June lacking a Parliamentary majority,...
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UK elections: Labour fights back Despite predictions of electoral disaster for the Labour Party before the UK election, its...
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Millennials and peace in a globalised world “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was...
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The journey of bringing Europe to the people The European Parliament began as a brief genuflection to the idea that the Commission...
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The internet and the second era of democracy The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in...
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Counter-Media Culture – politically decisive in the US and in Austria? Across Western democracies, right-wing groups are following similar media strategies, claiming to be alternative...
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Primaries: the ideal way to choose a leader? Primaries have become widespread across Europe, including in countries that do not have a...
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Confronting insecurity in the digital economy Technological change, an increasingly flexible labour market and an intrusive welfare state have combined...
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A wake-up call for Europe Donald Trump’s triumph is like shock therapy for European (and global) progressive forces. Who...
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Austria’s Presidential Elections – A Vote Against Right-Wing Populism Maybe 2016 wasn’t that bad after all. For the first time an avalanche of...
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The helplessness of the left allows the triumph of the right Five hypotheses on the election of Donald Trump: I. The response to the election...
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The Anti-Establishment Challenge for Social Democratic Parties The anger felt towards the political class in advanced industrial democracies by large parts...
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A deal of many dilemmas If the EU is to stay true to its humanitarian values, the deal with...
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A united Europe in a turbulent world The boundary between external and internal security has disappeared. It is inconceivable to fight...
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FEPS Post-Summit Briefing: European Council, 15 December 2016 A summary written by Catalin Dragomirescu-Gaina, Hedwig Giusto Lisa Kastner and Vassilis Ntousas. EU leaders...
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Girls in migration, why is Europe silent? On 1 December the United Nations Population Fund released its 2016 State of the...
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Feminist Foreign Policy: Rights, Representation and Resources Swedish feminist foreign policy integrates gender perspectives holistically, through three important ‘R’s – Rights,...
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Trump, a symbol of populism Identity politics, nationalist slogans, spreading fear of the other, portraying foreigners as a threat,...
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Austrian progressives can breathe a brief sigh of relief, but the real fight has only just begun The far right winning 46.2 per cent of the vote in Austria’s presidential election...
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Europe can be the leader of a just transition By now we all know that climate change poses a threat to humanity and...
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A Just transition: no jobs on a dead planet In December 2015, the COP21 reached a historic agreement in Paris to work together...
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Soft Power – the DNA of the European Union As an epitome of soft power, the EU is often conceived as a role...
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“We are lacking pathfinders” French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin interviewed in The Progressive Post  In the introduction...
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Foreign policy: No longer a subject of division? Interview with Nathalie Tocci, special advisor to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, by Alain...
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EU defence cooperation: out of the old comes the new One of the criticisms associated with plans for closer European defence cooperation is that...
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A modern left The left can be many things. But if it does not adapt to the...
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FEPS post summit briefing: European Council, 20-21 October 2016   European leaders met in Brussels last week (20-21 October) to discuss the many...
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Transparency in the EU, post-Brexit My original commentary on transparency has been blown off course – like so many...
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Youth Participation in EU Elections is Falling: Differences across Member States Data from the last European elections shows a sharp decrease in the turnout of...
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Restoring Confidence in Politics The attraction of populist parties in segments of the European youth isn’t new. But...
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A Progressive Policy for our Neighbourhoods United in Diversity It is a paradox that our European Union, so scorned from within, especially by...
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Restoring Confidence in Politics The attraction of populist parties in segments of the European youth isn’t new. But...
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Inquiry: What will the Next Leader of the Future look like? There is a robust tension between the idea of leadership and the idea of...
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Youth and Right Wing Populism in Europe – a Perspective from Lower Saxony  “Let’s imagine we wake up one morning and realise that suddenly all people have...
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Usefulness, Equality, Transformation: The Three Conditions for Inclusive Leadership Left-wing parties are traditionally more associated with a democratic practice of power than the...
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An Enlightened Industrial Policy for Europe At a time when belief in the European Union as a project for peace...
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The Progressive Consumption Tax: Fiscal Magic? When all stand to get a better view at a concert or sporting event,...
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European Democracy needs “Spitzenkandidaten” in the 2019 European Elections Members of the European Parliament usually don’t vote according to their nationality, but according...
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Trade requires rules Globalisation is not a destiny to which we must yield without question. It can...
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The most ‘successful’ populist parties in government In this analysis of Policy Solutions, the performance of the most popular populist parties...
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Populism in Q1 2016: new analysis on the Progressive Post After a seemingly inexorable rise, the populist surge that has characterised most of Europe...
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State of populism in 2015: Annual report released FEPS and Policy Solutions released its first report on the state of populism in...
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Analysis: The Future Starts Now! 3 Inspiring Lessons from the FEPS Millennial Dialogue We should not expect the millennial generation to become like us – were the...
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Reflections on Brexit – Implications for the Future of Europe The outcome of the UK vote on its membership of the European Union is...
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The Impact of the British Referendum on European Affairs The decision undertaken by British voters to leave the European Union will soon produce...
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Brexit and a Divided Country There are plenty of lessons to take away from the UK’s vote to leave...
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Opportunities for Reforming EU Common Security and Defence At first sight, it seems obvious that the EU would be weakened as an...
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Brexit will not be the end of the European Project, but European leaders must understand its message The moment when the last ballots cast were counted and revealed that the “Leave”...
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France and the Brexit: in search of leadership For France, and its President, dealing with the Brexit is a high risk, high...
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Keep Calm and Rewrite the Rules of the European Union The negative result of the UK-EU Referendum is the biggest signal for leaders to...
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Gender equality votes in the European Parliament A narrow left-leaning majority in the European Parliament says the Commission has watered down...
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Millennial Dialogue Engaging and creating a better understanding of the priorities and values of millennials   with...
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The New Politics of Trade Regardless of the ultimate outcome in November, there is no question that campaigns of...
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Turning a crisis into an opportunity One can not condemn the reaction of some European citizens to refugees, without attempting...
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Basic income: Feasible for the future The idea of an unconditional basic income is in fashion. From Finland to Switzerland,...
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The need for a european unemployment insurance In this issue, former EU Commissioner László Andor has once again made a powerful...
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European unemployment: Addressing concerns Since 2012, when the reform of the EMU began, the possibility of and need...
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Myth & grim reality: austerity an economic recovery in Europe The Austerity Doctrine Barely two months into 2016 talk of “Grexit” returns, the ECB...
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Investing in Education more than in the Coast Guard! Were you surprised by these attacks? We must stop believing that this phenomenon is...
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EU Referendum: A Moment of Confounding Significance An ‘in-out’ referendum on UK membership of the European Union in 2016 could fall...
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EU Referendum: Übermensch Escapism, and Anglo-American-European Solidarity Someday we ought to make a list of those great debates that serve as...
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The EU Referendum and Why China is Concerned About It For the Chinese media, President Xi’s forthcoming visit to Britain is the biggest concern,...
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Better in than Out: A Catalonian Point of View Citizens of the United Kingdom will be asked to decide whether or not the...
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Europe and the Future of the United Kingdom The issue of the United Kingdom’s place in the European Union has become deeply...
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The EU Referendum and the United Kingdom’s Migration Policy At a time of political turmoil in the United Kingdom with the election of...
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Taking on the fight for gender equality From an early childhood in the Moroccan countryside, to the post of France’s Minister...
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“Ceci n’est pas une crise” We have to educate people and fight the nationalistic knee-jerk reactions that make rich...
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Post Democracy: the challenge for Europe Changes in society, the economy and class identities are creating a ‘post-democracy’ in Europe,...