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FEPS YAN Seminar

2nd-4th April Vienna, Austria
On 2nd - 4th April, FEPS YAN - Young Academics Network will gather for the last seminar of the current cycle in the hospitable premises of the FEPS partner in this valuable initiative - Renner Institute.
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FEPS Communication/Call for tender – The Progressive Post magazine

The Foundation of European Progressive Studies is looking for a communication agency with a good reputation and experience in edition and viral communication in order to extend the production, the reputation and the subscription of The Progressive Post magazine.
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The Refugee Debate in Central and Eastern Europe

The GTE project aims at establishing a platform to discuss and analyse the rapid transformation of Turkey in a European and global context. In this phase, the project focuses on the refugee crisis and its impact on EU-Turkey relations, as well as on the EU’s migration and asylum policies.
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The Far Right in Europe

On the 2nd May 2016, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in partnership with Fondation Jean Jaurès and the French socialist delegation of the S&D Group in the European Parliament organised an expert seminar about the Far Right in Europe.
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Youth Participation in Democratic Life in Senegal

Millennial Dialogue report on Senegal was presented and compared to other results all over the world and discussed with experts, academics, progressive politicians and young students.
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Panel Discussion on Turkey with Mr. Öztürk Yılmaz, Vice-President of the CHP

Recognising the tremendous importance of the confluence of internal and external developments concerning Turkey, FEPS and CHP EU Representation jointly organized a roundtable discussion with Mr. Öztürk Yılmaz, Vice-President of the CHP, Turkey’s largest social democratic and main opposition party.
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Youth, Culture, Labour & Democracy Cycle of Seminars

17th February Rome, Italy
The cycle of seminars aims to engage Millennials on culture and political participation in democratic processes by a series of lectures on topics such education, the Erasmus initiative, active labour policies and democracy.
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US Presidential Election Roadshow

The 2016 U.S. Presidential election has been a polarising event, both in the United States and Europe. What sort of policies can we expect the presidential candidates to pursue and how do policy platforms differ between the leading Democrat and Republican candidates?
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YO!FEST 2017 Millennials quiz session

7th February 2017 Sphinxkwartier, Maastricht, Netherlands
You’ll have two minutes to stand up and pitch your most inspired, ingenious and imaginative idea of how the European Union can best tackle its challenges and be closer to Millennials expectations.
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‘From Europe to Local: Migrating Solidarity’

SOLIDAR and the FEPS launched the latest common publication ‘From Europe to local. Migrating solidarity’. The debate took place in the new SOLIDAR premises and started with the opening remarks by SOLIDAR Secretary General Conny Reuter and FEPS Senior Political Advisor Hedwig Giusto.
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FEPS General Assembly

28th July 2017 FEPS Office. Tue Montoyer 40. Brussels, Belgium
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Africa Day 2016

On November 5th 2016, the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) organised the yearly Africaday (Afrikadag in Dutch), that is, the biggest event in the Netherlands on Africa and international cooperation.
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Brussels Study Visit - Europapolitische Akademie 2016

From 20 to 22 June 2016, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the Karl Renner Institute (Vienna, Austria) organized a study visit of ten young Austrians to Brussels
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How are Populist Movements attracting Millennials and why?

FEPS in partnership with Policy Solutions organised a public debate that aimed at shedding a deeper understanding as to why populism - as a phenomena - seemingly galvanizes the younger generation of voters – the so called Millennials (aged 15-35, born between 1980-2000).
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Access to information on a global, free, and open web

30th November 2016 FEPS Office. Rue Montoyer 40. 1000 Bruxelles
Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Google are jointly organising a panel discussion on information access and internet governance. The event will take place on November 30th, 9:00am- 11:30am, at the FEPS office.
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The Future of EU Climate Change Technology and Sustainable Energy Diplomacy

On 19 October the Dickson Poon School of Law of King's College London hosted the launch of a publication on 'The Future of EU Climate Change Technology and Sustainable Energy Diplomacy'. The publication is the result of a collaboration between the Transnational Law Institute, the Foundation for...
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Call to Europe VI: Millennials and Politics

Report on Call top Europe VI: Millennials and politics, hold in Brussels on 17th - 18th June. the conference brought together more than 100 young experts, young politicians and leaders from social-democratic families, young representatives from civil society and young participants.
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Connecting with Millennials - Workshop

21st October 2016 Committee of the Regions 5th and 6th floor Jacques Delors building, Rue Belliard 101. Brussels
FEPS Millennial Dialogue research will be presented at the 7th European Conference on public Communication of the CoR. This workshop will explore Millennials in closer detail using behavioural insights, including their views on Europe, politics, civic engagement and participatory democracy.
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Activity Report: Debate Just Transition

FEPS and Change Partnership, have outlined the practical steps needed to undertake and manage the transition to ensure it is fair, dignified, inclusive and meaningful. This document offers an insight into some of the main issues discussed at the debate and publication launch in Brussels.
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The future of EU climate and sustainable energy diplomacy

19th October 2016 King's college, London
The European Union has long played a leadership role in the global response to climate change and the related challenge of increasing access to sustainable energy for development.
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FEPS Next Left Focus and Working Group Meeting

18th-19th September London, United Kingdom
The FEPS Next Left Focus and Working Group will meet under the leadership of Dr. Alfred Gusenbayer, Chair of the FEPS Next Left, for the third time in this cycle in order to peer-review the papers that have been being elaborated by the respective members in the past quarter of this year
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Book Launch: From Europe to local: Migrating solidarity

10th October Rue Pascal 4, Brussels
The event will be an opportunity to discuss together with high-level academics, policy makers and policy analysts how to promote the role of local actors, improve cooperation between different levels of governance and civil society in the process of integration of migrants and refugees.
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FEPS Workshops at World Social Forum

9th -14th August 2016 Montreal, Canada
The Future starts now! How to enhance the dialogue between the Progressive Family and the Millennial Generation?
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What next for European social democracy?

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), with active support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, organised the event “What next for European social democracy?” on 2 June 2016 at the auditorium of the National Museum of Finland.
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Millennial Dialogue Africa: South Africa, Senegal and Mozambique

20th May 2016 Wits Club, West Campus, 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg 2000
As part of FEPS Millennial Dialogue initiative 3 surveys were conducted in Africa to engage and create a better understanding of the values and priorities of Millennials in Senegal, South Africa and Mozambique vis-à-vis their respective political systems.
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Book launch and conference on “Investment Policies for Sustainable Growth”

23rd May 2016 University of Greenwich, London
FEPS in collaboration with The University of Greenwich, the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre, and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the University of Rotterdam welcome you to a book launch and conference on “Investment Policies for Sustainable Growth”
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Conférence Egalité avec Pierre Rosanvallon

Videos of the conference with Pierre Rosanvallon, Professor at the Collège de France, organised with Fondation Jean-Jaures as part of the cycle Égalité
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Millennial Dialogue Report Launch Romania

26th February 2016 Bucharest. Lumina, University of South East Europe, Main Hall
Launch of the study on the attitude of Romanian youth generation towards politics
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Election campaign strategies from a gendered perspective

15th March 2016 New York City, USA
Due to the fact that progress in gender equality has been uneven and slow, with little political will for societal change, an increasing number of women have become either politically apathetic or politically active outside of the sphere of established political parties.
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Women and sustainable development - Reconnecting with grassroots

15th March 2nd floor, Church Center of the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, East 44th Street, NY 10017, New York
Parallel event at the 60th UN commission on the Status of Women. When analyzing and implementing the SDGs, we should not forget the main strength of previous international processes. Indeed, the Beijing process got its major force from the fact that it was largely stirred by grassroots movements.
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Agenda 2030: Peace, Security and Ending Violence against Women

17th March 2016 Room CR-12, United Nations Headquarters, New York
While the origins of the phenomenon remain, with the opening up of new public spaces for activism new forms of gender-based violence have been recently emerging, from cyber bullying to the use of sexual violence to intimidate women and members of the LGBTI community.
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Equal pay for equal work

4th-5th March Budapest
Conference is organized by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies of Brussels, the Táncsics Mihály Foundation and the Women’s Organization of the Hungarian Socialist Party in Budapest
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Call to Europe VI: Millennial Dialogue

17th-18th June 2016 Management Centre Europe (MCE) Conference Centre, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050 Brussels
Call to Europe VI: Millennial Dialogue
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Millennial Dialogue Report Launch Turkey

12th of February, 2016 Kadir Has University - Cinema A Hall, Istanbul
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), in partnership with the Progressive Thought Institute (PTI), recently commissioned a groundbreaking study to better understand the scope of barriers and triggers of youth political participation in Turkey.
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Meeting with Ambassador Husam Zomlot

Ernst Stetter, Secretary General of the FEPS had the honour of meeting Ambassador Husam Zomlot, Ambassador-at-large of Palestine, deputy commissioner for international relations of Fatah, and personal representative of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
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Conference with Pierre Rosanvallon

9th February, 2016 Paris
FEPS with its French partner Jean Jaurès Foundation is organising a conference in Paris with famous French historian and sociologist Pierre Rosanvallon.
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COP21: The question now is how we transition to a carbon-free era

The fundamental achievement to come out of this is that for the first time ever, all the countries agreed in committing to reducing emissions and taking action against climate change. This sends a very strong and clear signal to business, investment, the people and governments from now on.
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Future of Social democracy

Intervention by Ania Skrzypek Delivered on behalf of FEPS at the S&D Group Seminar on the “Future of Social Democracy”.
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How desirable is the Just Transition at the COP21?

The COP21 needs to provide a fundamental change of pathway and essentially change many of our behaviours, whether it be lifestyle, the way business is done, the way we produce, or consume and the way we govern.
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EU at the Crossroads

Speech delivered by Christian Deubner, Member of FEPS Scientific Council, at the Conference The European Union at historical crossroads: Challenges and policy options
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Obituary of Helmut Schmidt 1918 - 2015

Helmut Schmidt, the former German Chancellor and an iconic figure of European Social Democracy passed away. The Last Invincible of a generation that restored the progressive movement after the Second World War, has now joined his Comrades walking away on the Path of Giants of our history.
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Activity Report: Addressing social challenges of parenting

Fighting labour market obstacles, social risks and high level of poverty. Participants discussed ways and possibilities how to reduce social and economic risks for young parents. The event was organized by BSF with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the NGO "Babyroom".
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Greece Forward: Progressive Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

FEPS, in collaboration with ‘Diktio - Network for Reform in Greece and Europe’, organised an international conference titled 'Greece Forward: Progressive Solutions for Today and Tomorrow’, which took take place on Wednesday, 14 October 2015, in Athens, Greece.
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Saving the Eurozone: What might a Franco-German initiative look like?

20th, October 2015 European Parliament, Brussels
Monetary union requires a political centre. Such a new institutional architecture is unlikely to come into being without a bold Franco-German initiative. This is the point of departure for our discussion on 20th October 2015 "Saving the Eurozone: What might a Franco-German initiative look like?"
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Breakfast Meeting with CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu

The Foundation of European Progressive Studies organised a breakfast meeting with Mr Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, President of the CHP, Turkey’s largest social democratic party, and main opposition leader.
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GITI Regional Conference on Transparency in the Global Garment Sector

FEPS, in cooperation with the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, as part of The Garment Industry Transparency Initiative (GITI), co-organised a Regional Conference on Transparency in the Global Garment Sector.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: From Europe to local: Migrating solidarity

Selected papers will be gathered in a publication, to be launched in autumn 2016, which will be used as an advocacy document towards European policy makers. Successful candidates will be offered 800 Euro honorarium after the final version of their paper will be accepted for publication.
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Obituary- Egon Bahr

There are no irreplaceable people in this world – but there are those, whom we miss more than we miss others – was one of the sayings coined by Willy Brandt and following his “Erinnerungen” repeated frequently by him at the times of departure.
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Kick-off workshop European Growth Initiative

The kick-off workshop of the European Growth Initiative took place in Berlin on 29 May 2015 in the aftermath of a new investment plan proposed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to restore growth and jobs in the European Union (EU).
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The social state of Europe after the crisis- Activity Report

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) together with its UK partner foundation Policy Network launched a publication entitled “The Social State of Europe After the Crisis” at the FEPS offices in Brussels on the 16 June 2015
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Progressive Politics in Fragmented Times

6th/7th July Oxford, United Kingdom
This conference will offer a platform for political and academic reflection on the key structural trends which are shaping politics in Europe and beyond.
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Millennial Dialogue Project launch FEPS/FES “Krisen-Kinder?”

Jointly-organised and sponsored by the Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) the event launched the Millennial Dialogue Report, a study focusing largely on the ‘Millennial Generation’, often know as ‘Digital Natives’ or ‘Generation Y’.
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International Seminar Rebuilding the Welfare State in Multicultural Societies

Building upon the important questions that were posed during the kick-off dinner, the international seminar attempted to further deepen our understanding of whether robust and generous social democratic welfare policies can be designed and implemented in ethnically diverse societies.
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Bulgaria: Early Parliamentary Elections 2014: Civil Observation

Within the project "Early Parliamentary Elections 2014: Civil Observation", the Institute for Social Integration /ISI/ carried out monitoring of the election campaign and its media coverage, as well as direct observation on the Election Day
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Activity Report: Energy Efficiency: Key to Social and Economic Security

The main messages from the forum were based on how energy efficiency is key to solving many social and economic problems and what measures can be taken to use efficiency to its full potential. There are some big gains to be made in Latvia, especially in the housing sector, however there is a...
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Next Left: A Progressive Answer to the Global Social Question

FEPS, together with the Renner Institut, Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo, Fundación Salvador Allende and IGLP Harvard Law School held between 19 and 21 November 2014 a high level international symposium on “Next Left: A Progressive Answer to the Global Social Question” in Santiago de Chile
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Technological Change and Inequality

FEPS, with active support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, organised the annual Research and Policy Day “Return to Spheres of Influence? Democratisation and Integration in Post-Cold War Europe”on 3 November 2014 at Paasitorni Congress Centre in Helsinki.
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Newsletter: 2015 main subjects

FEPS will continue its many research projects in 2015. Have a look at three of our main areas of focus.
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Newsletter: International News

When it comes to international issues, FEPS has constantly sought to provide the most current and prescient analyses available. The articles that follow provide a taster of the studies commissioned by FEPS throughout 2014.
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Newsletter: What are we trading?

FEPS' TTIP seminar conclusions and different opinion articles about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
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Newsletter: Queries 5

Call for solidarity. Asylum, migration, and integration policies in Europe
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Report: Energy efficiency: saving Europe’s energy agenda

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies organised an open discussion on the current state of play of the proposals and upcoming issues for energy efficiency policies in Europe with a presentation from Paul Hodson, Head of unit for energy efficiency in DG Energy.
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The Return of Spheres of Influence?

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), with active support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, organised the conference “Return to Spheres of Influence? Democratisation and Integration in Post-Cold War Europe”on 11 September 2014 at Porthania IV (University of Helsinki).
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REPORTS ON FEPS FRINGES AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE, MANCHESTER

Tackling Inequality: A Programme for the Left to Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Growth/ Labour’s Next Majority? Winning from the Left after the Great Crisis/ Popular and progressive: a new agenda for the left in Europe/ European Co-operation: A different way of doing business
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The Return of Spheres of Influence?

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), with active support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, organised the conference “Return to Spheres of Influence? Democratisation and Integration in Post-Cold War Europe”on 11 September 2014 at Porthania IV (University of Helsinki).
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New call for FEPS Young Academics Network

FEPS has launched a call for new members of the FEPS YAN - FEPS Young Academics Network. I would be extremely grateful if you could please circulate this call widely to your network of PhD candidates, young PhD researchers and anybody else that might be interested in this call.
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Call for new members of FEPS Young Academic Network

This call is addressed to outstanding, young, European, progressive academics holding a status of either PhD candidates or post-doctoral researchers, who are eager to get involved in the debate about the future of Europe.
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Civil Monitoring for Fair EU – Elections 2014 in Bulgaria

With the FEPS – ISI “Monitoring of the European elections 2014” the electoral campaign and its media coverage in Bulgaria was observed, so a direct observation of the electoral day was implemented through a group of civil observers.
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Energy efficiency: saving Europe’s energy agenda

FEPS organised an open discussion on the current state of play of the proposals and upcoming issues for energy efficiency policies in Europe with a presentation from Paul Hodson, Head of unit for energy efficiency in DG Energy.
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The Challenge of Economic Inequality to Recovery and Wellbeing

Conference report on TASC-FEPS event that brought together a dynamic audience including economists, academics, policy makers, public representatives, social justice advocates and activists. Thomas Piketty participated as keynote speaker.
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Martin Schulz re-elected Parliament president

On behalf of FEPS, President Massimo D'Alema congratulated Martin Schulz for his re-election and offered him to collaborate for the next mandate, thanks to the FEPS team and the broad FEPS network.
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Project NordMod 2030

FEPS, in corporation with SAMAK, have commissioned Fafo to lead the Nordic research project, NordMod 2030. The aim is to analyze the characteristics of the Nordic model, understand its future sustainability and to establish, if it is being challenged by international and national changes.
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Report Seminar ‘Progressive Policies for Growth and Employment’

Here you read the activity report of the Seminar entitled ‘Progressive Policies for Growth and Employment’ that took place 8th May 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This event was jointly organised by Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (AE-ECLM) and LO (The Danish Federation of Trade Unions).
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Report Roundtable ‘Building Participatory Welfare Societies’

Here you read the activity report of the FEPS Next Left National Roundtable Debate ‘Building Participatory Welfare Societies’ that took place 11th April 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. This event was jointly organised by the Res Publica Foundation.
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10 observations on the results of the 2014 European elections

Short analysis of the results of the European Parliament elections and their aftermath. What does the future hold for inter-institutional relations? Have leaders shown respect to the values of legitimacy and accountability in their post-election statements and behaviour?
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Activity Report 'More Europe vs. No Europe'

Here you can read the activity report of the FEPS Next Left National Roundtable Debate ‘More Europe vs. No Europe: Europarties and Euroscepticism in 2014 European Elections' that took place 7th April 2014 in Rome, Italy. Report written by Nicola Genga, Member of the FEPS YAN.
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Combatting the antisemitism

Commétaire de Bruno Liebhaberg, Vice-président de FEPS, sur le l'attentat antisémite au Musée Juif de Bruxelles. Il est crucial que tous les responsables politiques démontrent leur détermination à combattre concrètement l'antisémitisme ainsi que toute forme de racisme et de xénophobie.
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Report on 5th Transatlantic dialogue on gender issues

Report on the 5th Trasatlantic Conference about gender equality, held in Boston during 3rd-4th March and organised by FEPS with the support of the Fondation Jean-Jaurès and Boston University.
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Debate between Martin Schulz and Thomas Piketty

Organised by FEPS and Le Nouvel Observateur, in this debate the PES candidate for the EU Commission Presidency, Martin Schulz, discuss about the economic changes the European Union needs with the French economist Thomas Piketty, author of the best selling book Capital in the 21st. Century.
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Short Summary Energy Focus Group

In the general discussion in our focus group, it was agreed that in the end that although it is important to have ambitious targets, and that learning from the past set of targets if they are not legally binding they will not be reached, however there is more at stake.
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FIRST ISSUE – FIRST CHALLENGE – The 2014 European elections

As the polls are only one year away, the European elections came up as a natural choice to launch our first issue with the eye-catching title “Citizenship in Action.” To explore this major topic, the Queries Editorial Team interviewed politicians, researchers, and intellectuals, including Martin Sch
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The European Union’s approach to the Greater Middle East

Invited by the Institute of Political and International Studies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, FEPS President Massimo D’Alema delivered a speech, in Tehran, entitled “Europe’s commitment to security and coexistence in the Mediterranean and the Middle East”
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Research Project: Europe within the Global Economy

FEPS in collaboration with the Economic Council of the Labour Movement – ECLM – (Copenhagen) and the Centre for Development Policy and Research – CDPR - have set up a research project with the aim of assessing the Role of Europe within the Global Economy.
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One to Watch: Emma Reynolds

For many, Britain is a particularly divided country, split between the haves and the have-nots. Labour MP and Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds is working to try and narrow that divide, and to also ensure that her country plays a full part in the European Union.
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Finance, Companies and Competition

Queries No.2. Divergences between countries in the industrial competitiveness are causing economic dislocation in the euro zone and undermining Europe’s ability to compete on the international stage. These problems have been compounded by the increasing financialisation of corporate governance
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Research Project: Finance and Inequality

FEPS, in collaboration with Foundation Jean Jaurès (France), Leeds University Business School (UK), and the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) have set up a research project with the aim to generate a detailed multi-layered, and multi-locational analysis of the European financial system.
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For a New Social Consensus in Europe, a promise of jobs, welfare and empowerment

From the 29th Sept until the 1st Oct 2013, the FEPS Next Left Research Programme held its Focus Group meeting and National Round Table Debate in Warsaw. Read the report of these activities, co-organised with the Foundation Amicus Europea, the Centrum im. Ignacego Daszynskiego and the Renner Institut
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Women up! - Call for academic papers

Strengthening women’s rights and promoting gender equality are essential elements to guarantee social justice for all. FEPS with SOLIDAR launch a Call for academic papers to be included in the publication "Woman up! For enhancing women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa".
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Ones to Watch: Paul Magnette

The new chair of the Belgian francophone Socialist Party (PS) embodies the revival of French-speaking Belgian socialism. Proud of his left-wing heritage, he claims a clear stance as well as new responsibilities for his party and its allies within the European Union. He believes the upcoming...
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Call to Europe III - Conference Report

The third edition of the Call to Report gathered more than 50 academic experts, democratic representatives and civil society. This conference report gives a foundamental overview of the debates.
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Portrait: Jutta Urpilainen, a social democrat fighting against all odds

The leader of Finland’s Social Democratic Party, has already made her mark on domestic politics. However, she is equally at home in a European context, and has her own ideas about the challenges facing politicians and the electorate in 2014. Read the portrait released in the latest Queries
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Russia-NATO: A harsh cooperation

This speech given by Massimo D'Alema, President of FEPS, at the 23rd Edition of the Economic Forum of Krynica Zdrój addresses many aspects of the complex relationship between Russian and NATO.
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40 years anniversary of the death of President Allende

A.Gusenbauer, Chair of the FEPS Next Left research programme, gave a speech at the Salvador Allende Symposium in Chile within the framework of activities commemorating 40 years since the break out of the coup d'etat and the death of President Allende on 11th September 1973.
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Call for papers on the Social dimension of EU enlargement

This call for academic papers, launched by FEPS & SOLIDAR, invites independent thinkers, journalists, academics and researchers to contribute to a book that is dedicated to the social dimension of EU enlargement and the future perspectives for countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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Conference report: Reconstructing the European Economy

A series of 10 concrete policy proposals and institutional reforms were put forward and critically discussed at the TASC-FEPS Annual Conference which took place in Dublin on the 14th of June.
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Massimo D’Alema re-elected as FEPS President

For the third year running, former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema has been re-elected on Tuesday 25th June as President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.
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Statement on the passing of Gyula Horn

We have learnt with deep regret that Gyula Horn, former Prime Minister of Hungary passed away. The European left lost one of his most charismatic personalities. Gyula Horn had a key role in the reunification of Germany and the peaceful political transition of Hungary in 1989. The first socialist...
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FEPS at the Congress of the Polish Left

Dr. Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Senior Research Fellow will present the recent reflections coming from the FEPS Next Left Research Programme. More than 50 progressive organizations joined their forced together to hold the very first Congress of the Polish Left in Warsaw on 16th June.
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"Fear not, we will get there!"

It was the message from Jacques Delors. Thanks to FEPS, FJJ and French PS, less than one year before the European Elections, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and Progressive leaders from nine EU members states attended, on 15 June in Paris the European Progressive Forum.
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From Leipzig to Paris, another Europe is possible

On Mediapart, B. Liebhaberg & E. Stetter support the idea that social-democracy should oser l'Europe which means rethinking public power, reinventing modes of regulation in place since 1945 and continuing in the footsteps of Brandt, Schmidt and Mitterand by creating a original federalism.
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Décés de l'ancien Premier ministre français Pierre Mauroy

"Rare sont ceux qui ont une telle conviction politique durant toute la vie" a déclaré le secrétaire général de la FEPS, Ernst Stetter, suite à l'annonce du décés de Pierre Mauroy. "Vous avez perdu un grand homme" a-t-il ajouté à l'adresse des membres de la Fondation Jean Jaurès, fondation...
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Conference Report: Is there a way out from this crisis?

The answer to this question is affirmative and a series of concrete policy proposals and institutional reforms were put forward and critically discussed at the FEPS & FJJ conference in Paris on May 25th. In particular, speakers highlighted that the Euro crisis is due to the wrong model of the EMU.
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Conference: Reframing industrial relations

SOLIDAR and FEPS co-organised the final conference of the project "Making Industrial Relations work for Decent Work" where a recommendations booklet was launched. Participants agreed that to improve the situation there is the need for an EU licensing system for recruitment agencies and...
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What Lessons from German and Danish Energy Policy?

Conference report of the event on Energy revolution, organized on 29 May at Helsinki by FEPS with the support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation. The presentations addressed the relationship between consumers versus industry and how these affect national political debates
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Next Left : Framing a New Narrative

Within the scope of the FEPS Next Left ‘Dialogue of Dialogues’, a continuous transatlantic academic conversation, a number of scholars gathered in the Idec-Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, on 10-11 May 2013 to discuss a new progressive narrative.
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Putting forward a progressive energy agenda

FEPS together with IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research, UK) has established a focus group and a series of closed seminars with invited experts from a range of fields (private, public, associations, NGOs, academics) to discuss energy issues.
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Gender equality: Call for a progressive change

This statement by the FEPS Young Academics Network (YAN) on gender equality was drafted to mark the International Women's Day, which date coincided with the last YAN seminar. It calls for a vision on gender equality that is "holistic and comprehensive, addressing the full and equal participation...
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Britain can win the argument and shouldn’t fear a referendum

Here is the main message from the debate which took place on 18th February at FEPS office with Emma Reynolds, Massimo D’Alema, Jo Leinen, Giles Merritt and Will Straw in the context of the publication of a FEPS/IPPR Publication “Staying in: winning the argument to keep Britain in the EU”
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PES Activists Forum

PES Activists Forum - Organised by PES in cooperation with the Táncsics Foundation, the MSZP and with help from FEPS.
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A common vision for a progressive Arab world

President Massimo D'Alema welcomes the establishment in Cairo of the Arab Social Democratic Forum. The historical creation of the Arab Social Democratic Forum sends a strong internationalist message.
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L’avenir du Traité de l'Elysée 50 ans après sa création

En amont des célébrations pour les 50 ans du Traité de l'Elysée, la FEPS a organisé avec les sections Bruxelloises du PS français et du SPD allemand une soirée débat qui a rassemblé, avec succès, plus de 80 personnes de plusieurs générations. Retrouver les photos et le compte-rendu.
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In Memory of Inder Kumar Gujral (1919-2012)

Klaus Julian Voll, Advisor on Asia for FEPS pays a tribute to Inder Kumar Gujral, a moderate leftist and former Foreign and Prime Minister of India, was the architect of a policy, which envisaged concessions by India towards its smaller neighbours in South Asia, without endangering national security
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Future Development if the EU - "We have no more time!"

In the run-up of the European Council meeting in December when President Van Rompuy will present the final version of his Report, President of FEPS, Massimo D'Alema attended a high level conference in Brussels on 28 November which focuses on the future development of the European Union.
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Progressive economy Initiative

FEPS and S&D Group & FEPS have launched the Progressive Economy initiative, which will create a new and open space for public and informed debate, and which will contribute to this debate by spelling out an alternative economic vision for Europe, drawing on an alternative economic model.
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Towards a stronger European democracy

FEPS in collaboration with three Hungarian think tanks the Táncsics Foundation, the József Attila Foundation and Policy Solutions organised on Friday 16th November an event, in Budapest, on Democracy, Liberty and Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe.
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Interview with the former Indian Union Cabinet Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar

The need for the EU to foster closer relations with democratic countries and the Indian government to pursue social-democratic measures in India is his wise counsel in this itw on India Against Corruption’s new political turn, economic reforms in India and the future of the India-EU partnership
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Woman up!

The Fourth transatlantic seminar on gender equality took place In FEPS office on 18-19 October. Like in the previous years, FEPS is planning to publish the articles of the conference. You can already have a look on the pictures
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Conference: How important being member of the EU is to the UK

For business, trade and growth it would be unquestionable for the UK to leave the EU said panelists gathered by FEPS, S&D group at the European Parliament and the European Parliamentary Labour Party in a fringe meeting at Labour Party Annual Conference 2012 in Manchester.
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Does Brussels want Europe?

This article published in the German magazine Berliner Republik by Ernst Stetter, FEPS'Secretary General, comments the master plan for the future of Europe laid out in June by H. Van Rompuy, JM. Barroso, JC. Juncker and M. Draghi.
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Call for new members of the FEPS Young Academics Network

The FEPS Young Academics Network was established in March 2009 with an aim to gather promising progressive PhD candidates and young PhD researchers ready to use their academic experience in a debate about the Next Europe.The applications should be sent by 10th October 2012.
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8th FEPS Young Academic Network Seminar

A huge agenda for this new meeting: review of the papers submitted by the respective working groups, exchanges with Young Academics from India and assessment of the FEPS YAN’s first two cycles in order to plan the plan the following one.
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Seminar on Populism & Political Parties in Europe

The aim of the seminar, organized by FEPS, Fondazione Italianieuropei and the Centro per la Riforma dello Stato, was to involve scholars and politicians into a debate on the implications of the emergence of these movements in the European political scenario, and for the evolution of democracy.
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FEPS Next Left and Policy Network conference

Following the previous exchange with the scholars of the North-East Universities of Harvard Law School and Brown University, FEPS together with Policy Network reengaged in a new chapter of the transatlantic debate about the future of progressivism. The event, which took place in Oxford.
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EU Enlargement: Beyond promises

FEPS together with the European Forum for Solidarity and Democracy organized the third, final event in the framework of the Copenhagen revisited research programme from 18 to 22 June 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. After having discussed the lessons learnt and the challenges ahead, this third seminar...
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FEPS Next Left Focus Group - Politicising Social Europe

The FEPS Next Left Focus Group met for the second time this year, to discuss the mid-term outcomes of the research that respective members have been concluding. The session was chaired by Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer and among the themes were: How progressive values can contribute to redefining...
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Next Left Focus Group “Reflection 20 years after Maastricht”

The Next Left Research programme is getting enriched - as the new working group is being established! The research project “Next Left: The Future of European democracy and role of europarties – Reflection 20 years after Maastricht” was initiated by a workshop that was organized by FEPS with the...
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French Presidential Election

FEPS’s President Massimo D’Alema sent his regards to François Hollande. He paid tribute to his campaign and confessed that all Europe is looking forward a new deal. He also congratulated Jean-Marc Ayrault as the new French Prime Minister.
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Next Left Round Table “Building a new progressive majority”

On 20 April, FEPS Organized a conference in Barcelona with the support of R. Campalans Foundation in order to provide new answers on how to overcome the crisis of democracy, and while bringing meaning to terms such as “legitimacy”, “representation”, “social contract” ensure the favourable...
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Next Left: Building new communities” - Delegation to Harvard Law School

The seminar organized by FEPS with the support of Renner Institut and in cooperation with the Institute for Global Law and Policy took place at Harvard Law School on 12th – 13th April 2012. The European delegation to the event was composed of 10 representatives (R.Bazillier, P.Diamond, K.Duffek,...
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A new progressive agenda for a new Arab world

FEPS, with the GPF, PES and the S&D together with the Tunisian party Ettakatol, debated on 30 March in Tunis the challenges ahead for the Arab region and proposed concrete steps to consolidate democracy in the countries where revolutions succeeded.
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Climate Justice: the fairness test

Organized by FEPS-JRF-Fabian Society-Amnesty International, this conference was a major intervention on the social justice issues involved in tackling climate change. Over 100 policy makers from the worlds of climate change and social justice alongside journalists and politicians gathered together
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Is equality the price to pay for European stability?

In what sense are women on the move currently and how does this influence the debate on equality? Taking into account the current crisis, is equality the price to pay for European stability? These were the starting questions of the debate that FEPS initiated with the participants of the ECOSY...
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EU must support regional efforts to preserve Senegalese democracy

The EU must put diplomatic pressure on incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade to listen to his people. This can be best done by regional means considered the EU delegation lead by FEPS with GPF One week before the 1st round of the presidential elections.
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FEPS'Delegation to Senegal

In anticipation of the presidential elections in Senegal on 26 February 2012, a delegation of European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Global Progressive Forum – including researchers and elected officials – went to Dakar to promote relations between the EU and Senegal and to...
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EU enlargement: a never ending hurdle?

This provoking question was in the focus of the second seminar in the framework of the research project “Copenhagen revisited”. This research project is realised jointly by FEPS and the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity (EFDS). In addition, the event was supported by the Progress...
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Roundtable: Is the Nordic model a solution to get out of the crisis

The European understanding of the Nordic welfare model has often been simplified and over-optimistic. But the welfare regime has led to high levels economic competitiveness, social cohesion and well-being in all Nordic countries. Nevertheless, the recent developments in Nordic social policy –...
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Martin Schulz and Hannes Swoboda’s elections

FEPS’s President Massimo D’Alema sent his regards to Martin Schulz following his election as the new President of the European Parliament. “This vote, he said, is very symbolic for the progressive movement in Europe.“ Mr D’Alema also congratulated Hannes Swoboda.
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Opinion: Growth Bonds a Win-Win for Troubled Eurozone

In an opinion published in the FT on 9 Dec., member of FEPS Scientific Council, Prof. Stephany Griffith-Jones suggests - to give a breathing space for countries in trouble - a switch from conventional bonds to growth bonds, so interest payments are cut in times of low growth and increased as growth
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Towards a progressive spring 2012

Europe needs to understand that federalism is not a threat but an opportunity said Secretary General of FEPS,Ernst Stetter in a roundtable organized in Rome by Italianieuropei and the Center for American Progress, on 1-2 December 2011.
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Where now for transnational parties?

Following its previous research on the field of politicization of the European Union and relevance of the transnational party system, FEPS with the support of Renner Institut will hold at the PES Convention a workshop solely devoted to the theme “Where now for the europarties?”
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Next Left and Amsterdam Process: think tanks, academia and political world

On behalf of FEPS, Policy Network and Wiardi Beckman Stichting cordially invite to an event on “Mobilising for social democracy in Europe: thinktanks, academia and political world”, which will take place on the fringe of the PES Progressive Convention held in Brussels on 25th and 26th November.
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Social democracy facing financial crisis

On 21st and 22nd October, FEPS together with FSP ULB held a two days colloquium at the ULB. The event, which was opened to the public, gathered 30 researchers with a specific expertise on European social democracy. The aim of their exchange, which was based on their respective academic papers, ...
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The Relationship between Europe and Africa

As with the Yaoundé, Lomé, Cotonou accords which altered the Europe-Africa relationship from one of domination to one whose motto is deregulation, future agreements, called Economic Partnership, are "neither more nor less than free trade zones allowing Europe ...
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Migration: a key component of development?

Calling for open debate on immigration, the President of FEPS, Massimo D'Alema said immediately that progressives should be bold enough to seize the subject honestly, "fighting the prejudices, while defending solidarity and respect for human rights but also admitting that solidarity ...
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Towards a Progressive Social Democratic Vision for Europe

"Fortunately today we are witnessing, to a certain extent a rehabilitation of the concept of the state. The financialised capitalism is questioned ever more. However the state is still weak", FEPS Secretary general Ernst Stetter said on in a seminar on Renewal of Social Democracy he attended ...
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TOWARDS A NEW STRATEGY FOR SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

Three former Prime ministers Massimo D’Alema (President of the FEPS), Alfred Gusenbauer (Chair of the FEPS research programme "Next Left" and Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the Party of European Socialists), along with Paul Magnette (Federal Minister for Climate and Energy) ...
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FEPS Young Academics Network

FEPS Young Academics Network met for the 6th seminar, which thanks to the hospitality of Renner Institute was held, as always, in Vienna. The meeting was composed of two parts. During the first one, both the plenary and the thematic working groups...
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Third transatlantic seminar on gender equality

After the meetings in Boston and Paris, the third transatlantic seminar on gender issues was given the title « Re-strengthening global sisterhood - Emerging women’s issues for a new global agenda”. The event was organised on 20-21 October in Washington D.C. with the support of the Fondation ...
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Conference: Towards Inclusive Development in Latin America and Chile

On August 29-30, FEPS, together with Former President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos, Alicia Barcena from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and José Antonio Ocampo and Stephany Griffith-Jones of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) organized a conference ...
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FEPS Statement of Solidarity with the people of Norway

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies wishes to express solidarity and sympathy with the people of Norway after the tragedy on 22 July when a fra-right sympathiser murdered 69 young social democratic activists on the Norwegian island of Utoya.
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Feelings on the evolution of European sentiment among European civil servants

A survey done for the “Call to Europe” conference organized by FEPS on 29-30 June shows that almost one in two European civil servants think that European integration is evolving negatively and nearly 90% of them are of the opinion that the political authorities must take their responsabilities
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Rights and obligations for restoring solidarity in Europe

"While JM Barroso should immediately have put out the fire started by the two most active European pyromaniacs of the day, Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of the Commission is stoking the flames by indirectly admitting himself that 20,000 Tunisian immigrants ...
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Monetary Analysis of the Economy Conference

The colloquium Monetary Analysis of the Economy took place at Pierre Mendès University in Grenoble, France on the 15th and 16th April 2010. The aim of the conference was to put in the front line a monetary analysis of the economy as a general framework in which the exploration ...
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FEPS’s delegation to India

A FEPS’s delegation led by Ernst Stetter (secretary general of FEPS), Zita Gurmai (Vice-President of FEPS, President of PES Women and Member of the European Parliament) and Jesús Caldera Sánchez-Capitán ...
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Conference: The Best Alternative to a New Global Currency

On March 18th-19th a conference organized by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, the School of Finance at Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, with support from the Ford Foundation and the Columbia Global Center East Asia, ...
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"Ne vous quittez pas" - On the political crisis in Belgium

This opinion gives an insight into the political crisis to a broader public, while at the same time calling for institutional innovations to the federal system that would bring back a true federal political dialogue to the Belgian system and counter the further separation of the language groups.
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Massimo D'Alema elected as first President of FEPS

The 30th June 2010, Former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’ALEMA was elected this morning as the first president of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), with the unanimous support of the members of FEPS, on the occasion of the annual General Assembly. “We are very happy that...
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Monetary Analysis of the Economy Conference

The colloquium Monetary Analysis of the Economy took place at Pierre Mendès University in Grenoble, France on the 15th and 16th April 2010. The aim of the conference was to put in the front line a monetary analysis of the economy as a general framework in which the exploration of both the bases...
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Ruling of the German Constitutional Court on the Lisbon Reform Treaty

On 30th June 2009 the German Constitutional Court assessed the compatibility of the Treaty of Lisbon with German law. The Constitutional Court judged that that there are no decisive constitutional objections to the Act Approving the Treaty of Lisbon. At the same time, the Court urged the German...
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Ten observations on the outcome of the 2009 European elections

The results of the 2009 European elections draw a number of reactions and comments, in particular for the social democratic family. These conversations inspired FEPS the following ten observations, to be seen as a contribution to the debate on fostering more European awareness and ownership. 1....
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FEPS attended Irish Labour Conference

In light of the upcoming European and local elections, as well as the second referendum on the Lisbon Reform Treaty taking place later this year, FEPS was present at the 63rd National Conference of the Irish Labour Party. This year’s conference was optimistic in tone with the Labour Party...
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Roundtable Discussion: “Global New Deal" - Reform of the International System

FEPS organised a high-level round table meeting and brainstorming session with international experts on 13th March 2009 in order to add more input to the Global Vision Paper, a document aiming at finding systematic and global solutions to the current global crisis. In his introduction speech,...
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FEPS answer to Commissioner McCreevy's consultation on hedge funds

The EC launched a wide-ranging public consultation on hedge funds, which will play an important role in informing the ongoing reflections at European and international level on whether there's a need to reassess the appropriateness of existing approaches to the regulation and supervision
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Financial crisis meeting

The meeting was divided in two parts, one on the assessment of the sources and of the diffusion of the financial crisis, the other on the priorities that one should establish in order to tackle both the financial and the real economy crises.
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The Global Financial Crisis: Regulatory Implications

Organised jointly by the IPD and the FES, attended by FEPS, “The Global Financial Crisis” was aimed at answering a set of questions on the possible regulation packages to reduce risks of future crises while encouraging a financial sector that serves the real economy.
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US Financial Market Crisis: What's Next?

On the occasion of the Global Policy Days, organised in Helsinki by FEPS with the support of the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, FEPS Economic Consultant Matthieu Méaulle gave a introductory speech on the theme "US Financial Market Crisis: What's Next?". This was part of the overall conference which...
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Next Left: creating a social democratic future

"Our common task is: to create a „Next Left‟, to show that we have the ideas to meet the challenges our societies face, and can win the public's trust to earn the chance to try to make our vision for social change a reality. This will not be easy. Look around Europe in 2008 and, almost...
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