Next Left

Re-thinking the core of social democracy to shape a better future for all The “Next Left” Research Programme was launched by FEPS with the support of Renner Institut in the aftermath of the European Elections 2009 with an aim to provide a pan-European platform for a debate on the state of social democracy. Since the beginning the programme…

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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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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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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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Renaissance for Europe - 10 provoking thoughts

The ambition of this initiative was to reengage progressive leaders and citizens in a political discussion about the state of the UE and the desired directions of integration. Thanks to Dr Ania Skrzypek who drafted ten provoking thoughts that these exchanges inspired, the conversation will continue
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Renaissance for Europe - Turin

Restoration, reshape, revival – in essence – Renaissance! These are the clear messages drawn out from the written contributions of the experts invited to this Renaissance event in Turin
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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