Europe’s fiscal balancing act The European Union’s lack of fiscal harmonisation is one of its Achilles’ heels and...

Europe is not ready for electronic voting When discussing electronic voting, it is very important that we look back on history....

Upgrading Democracy: The danger of privatisation Democracy finds itself at a crossroads. Our formal, official democracy is still operating in...

WiFi4EU: One step forward, two steps back? Internet connectivity is a key driver of social empowerment and an essential precondition for...

Fighting the absurdity of food waste: a moral obligation Some numbers simply speak for themselves: it is estimated that almost 90 million tons...

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...

Turning Surplus into a Social Benefit Consumer goods waste is worth billions of euros every year. However, current tax legislation...

Wifi4EU – A contribution to a Progressive Digital Union Digital connection as a means for social inclusion. In what way can the Wifi4EU...

Self-employed workers in the gig economy
The most exciting development of our age is certainly digitalisation – the spread of...

Ones to watch: Bohuslav Sobotka
What were your main motivations to start a political career? When the Velvet Revolution...

The journey of bringing Europe to the people
The European Parliament began as a brief genuflection to the idea that the Commission...

The internet and the second era of democracy
The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in...

Primaries: the ideal way to choose a leader?
Primaries have become widespread across Europe, including in countries that do not have a...

Confronting insecurity in the digital economy
Technological change, an increasingly flexible labour market and an intrusive welfare state have combined...

Europe can be the leader of a just transition
By now we all know that climate change poses a threat to humanity and...

A Just transition: no jobs on a dead planet
In December 2015, the COP21 reached a historic agreement in Paris to work together...

Transparency in the EU, post-Brexit
My original commentary on transparency has been blown off course – like so many...

Ones to Watch: Robert Biedroń
Robert Biedroń shakes up most stereotypes one would have about Poland and its politicians....

An Enlightened Industrial Policy for Europe
At a time when belief in the European Union as a project for peace...

The Progressive Consumption Tax: Fiscal Magic?
When all stand to get a better view at a concert or sporting event,...

Business, but for People
Business is the engine that creates the wealth upon which the progress of society...

European Democracy needs “Spitzenkandidaten” in the 2019 European Elections
Members of the European Parliament usually don’t vote according to their nationality, but according...


Reflections on Brexit – Implications for the Future of Europe
The outcome of the UK vote on its membership of the European Union is...


The Impact of the British Referendum on European Affairs
The decision undertaken by British voters to leave the European Union will soon produce...


Brexit and a Divided Country
There are plenty of lessons to take away from the UK’s vote to leave...


Opportunities for Reforming EU Common Security and Defence
At first sight, it seems obvious that the EU would be weakened as an...


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”...


France and the Brexit: in search of leadership
For France, and its President, dealing with the Brexit is a high risk, high...

The Need for a Basic Income Policy in Europe
The idea of basic income, once tepidly welcomed in social-democratic circles, is now gaining...

Gender equality votes in the European Parliament
A narrow left-leaning majority in the European Parliament says the Commission has watered down...

Basic income: Feasible for the future
The idea of an unconditional basic income is in fashion. From Finland to Switzerland,...

The need for a european unemployment insurance
In this issue, former EU Commissioner László Andor has once again made a powerful...

European unemployment: Addressing concerns
Since 2012, when the reform of the EMU began, the possibility of and need...

The realities of digital democracy
A cyber-realist (as opposed to cyber-utopian or cyber-dystopian) perspective regarding how Internet-based communication technologies...

Investing in Education more than in the Coast Guard!
Were you surprised by these attacks? We must stop believing that this phenomenon is...

Is the Fight Against Climate Change the Last Possible Success of Multilateralism?
Multilateralism is often regarded as slow and ineffective. Yet, is there any other way...

Climate Finance is the Cornerstone of the Paris Summit
We have talked a great deal about climate change over the past decade as...

Action on Climate Change will Deepen Inequality Globally
Climate change and the evolution of inequalities are closely linked and must be assessed...

Peeling Back the Layers
Delivering on climate financing pledged for developing countries at the 2009 UN climate talks...

Global Warming and the Fight Against Poverty: A Common Cause
When it comes to navigating the murky waters of climate change, we are not...

Paris Climate Talks Offer Direct Route to Zero-carbon Economies
In comparison to COP15 in Copenhagen (2009) there is much more optimism on the...

Energy Transition and Market Pragmatism
The arguments Fergus Green lays out in this working paper clearly demonstrate that clean...

Climate and EU-UK referendum, appeal for leadership in Europe
Appeal for action – Last chance for a real deal to address the defining...

International Climate – Cooperation is critical, but not for the reasons you might think
It is often assumed that comprehensive international cooperation is essential to tackling climate change....

The Circular Economy Opportunity
Today’s linear economy – in which resources are extracted, made into products, sold and...

Do Progressive Economics Still Influence Politics?
Economic ideas always have the potential to influence politics, but the relationship is hardly...

Beyond Incomes – Social Inequalities
The North Atlantic financial crisis and the severe economic slowdown which is afflicting several...

Digital Single Market Ontology
A digital shift is taking place. Innovation is changing our lives. The effects of...

Raising Climate Ambition Through Forests
Paris climate talks should help end natural forest loss, the biggest, cheapest and fastest...

Thoughts on Approaching a Digital Union
Digitization can help us challenge social inequalities and discrimination, create jobs and help Europe...

Online Retail: The Missing Piece in Europe’s Jigsaw
European law has come a long way in reconciling itself with online retail, says...

Why Common Sense is not Always What it Seems
The resilience of neo-liberalism in Europe’s public policy debate is puzzling. One would have...

Four Observations on Mainstream Economics
In the wake of the Great Financial Crisis (GFC), we frequently observe the total...

European Culture: The Controlling Hand of Big Business
It may be hard to define, but the idea that Europeans share common cultural...

An Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis
Both the UNHCR and Amnesty international have deplored the thousands of deaths of people...

Ecological and Social Sustainability go Hand in Hand
Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this figure is...

The Music of Democracy
British conductor Sir Roger Norrington is worried about growing signs of Euro-scepticism and the...

Ukraine: A mid-crisis assesment
The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The country is chartering unknown and...

Saving a broken euro
As we survey the damage from the years of crisis and recession in Europe...

Advocating a truly preventive policy on employment
The new General Secretary of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is keenly committed to...

Subsidiarity: Meeting the challenge of a changing world
In an era of globalisation, the EU policy mechanism of subsidiarity offers European citizens...

Fairer taxation for a fairer society
An estimated one trillion euros are lost every year due to tax fraud and...

Have we accurately assessed the challenge of climate change?
Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and professor of climatology at...

New trade agreements: A threat to democracy
The proposed new trade agreements, the TPP for the Pacific region and the proposed...

Parliaments and the EMU: a crossroads for Europe?
Parliaments clearly have a significant role to play in the reformed governance of the...

From welder to progressive leader
From 1925 to 2006, the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) had five different leaders,...

Taking on the fight for gender equality
From an early childhood in the Moroccan countryside, to the post of France’s Minister...

“Ceci n’est pas une crise”
We have to educate people and fight the nationalistic knee-jerk reactions that make rich...