This paper by the Commission for fundamental values aims to contribute to the renewal of the debate within the SPD. The authors and signatories look forward to a wide-ranging discussion of their proposals.
The Single Safe Asset is an important if underappreciated element of the on-going debates on the EMU architecture. This Brief first describes the ‘Northern’ and ‘technocratic’ view of safe assets and then proposes three pillars of a progressive standpoint to frame the debate.
The Iran deal can survive an American withdrawal, but it cannot survive an Iranian one. Shaping the unclear fate of Iran’s nuclear agreement, Europe can now finally demonstrate that it does not intend to be taken as an idle bystander in this chronicle of a death foretold.
This briefing note addresses the question of how to re-engage young people – Millennials (those born between 1980-2000, aged 15-35) – into politics and make progressive political organisations fit for this cognitively distinct demographic.
At this particular time in European public life, is it necessary to focus on the identification of useful tools to achieve real gender equality: to act only on the labour market, and its rules? Operate by specific forms of taxation?
The study “Baby Boomers vs Millennials: rhetorical conflicts and interest-construction in the new politics of intergenerational fairness” looks into the emergence of the intergenerational fairness discourse with a specific focus in the UK.
At least 5.3% of the over one million migrants who have lodged first time asylum application in the EU in 2016 were unaccompanied children in need of international protection and that the numbers are constantly rising.
Completing, deepening and rebalancing the Economic and Monetary Union is perhaps the most crucial point of the dense European policy agenda. For social democrats, reforms of the Eurozone cannot aim exclusively at stabilising financial and sovereign markets or introducing more fiscal discipline.
This policy brief presents the impact of a coordinated policy mix of increased public investment together with more progressive taxation and labour market policies to improve income distribution in Europe.
In this Brief we provide new insights on how fragmented political and economic interests, both internationally and intra-nationally, have been shaping EU economic policy-making in the wake of the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis and the UK’s referendum on EU membership.
As has been widely reported in the UK press over the recent weeks, Prime Minister May has warned that if the government was forced to get parliamentary approval for Article 50, Britain would end up with a worse deal.
This brief provides critical analyses of the trends that can be observed in the US and what they mean in the context of Europe, especially when looking towards the upcoming crucial elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany.
The European Union and India have developed a mature strategic partnership over the years, but the relationship now faces several challenges as Brussels begins to looks inwards and New Delhi to the United States and also eastwards.
At present, there are two main sources of insecurity in the Indian Ocean. The first one relates to instability in several of the hinterland and littoral states of the Indian Ocean. The second source of insecurity relates to the rise of new naval powers in the Indian Ocean
In recent years, West Asia has seen a great deal of turmoil. Beginning with the American-led war against Iraq in 2003, events have come in quick succession—the Arab Spring, the attack on Libya, the developments in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State.
This article briefly describes the developments of the European human rights doctrine over the last 20 years as regards the right to family life of gay, lesbian and bisexual people. It shows how their couples and parenting relations are now clearly seen as protected under the notion of family life.
On 19 September 2016 Heads of State and leaders from Governments all over the world will gather in New York on the occasion of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants “to come up with a blueprint for a better international response” to the ever increasing movements of people across the globe.
Historical data and projections presented in this policy brief reveal that Europe faces serious challenges from a complex interplay between demographic change, migration, weak growth and productivity and unemployment.
According to survey evidence fears of immigration are more pronounced among voters in a more vulnerable position in the labour market, and in the post-industrial north-eastern towns, with also a clear divide between generations.
This policy brief focuses on the 2016 US Presidential Election. It makes an attempt at grasping the transatlantic phenomenon of “Populism”, in light of the November 8th election in the US, but also with an eye to the recent rise of populism in Germany.
Thinly organised, poorly executed, and uniformly condemned, Turkey’s failed coup of July 15th 2016 came as an utter surprise. The way the events unfolded struck a series of ironic tones that made the coup’s very occurrence more startling...
The recent climate change negotiations should inform many spheres of global governance—including international trade and investment policy. One of the most discussed new initiatives in Europe is the TTIP—a trade and investment agreement currently under negotiation with the US.
In the current stage of European economic, social and political integration, very few subjects are capable of crossing the national borders and prompt a genuine pan-European public debate. Since the last EU parliamentary elections, the on-going negotiation of a TTIP one of those happy exceptions.
Public procurement has long been an offensive interest in EU Trade Policy and is given a strong profile in the Commission’s Trade for All strategy which states that ‘public procurement spending … accounts for 15% to 20% of GDP worldwide.
Even from the standpoint of a relatively small and therefore determined to be open and in many ways highly competitive market economy as the Austrian one, a dry analysis of TTIP shows little evidence for economic or even social benefits.
With a matter of only days left untill the vote, Europe holds its breath awaiting the outcome. What is well known is that the race is tight. But what is inconceivable is the day after – regardless of what the outcome may be.
The paper investigates the effects of changes in the distribution of income and wealth on private aggregate demand, which consists of consumption, investment and net exports. Estimates are based on a panel of 12 EU countries covering the period 1980-2011.
The right-wing and neo-liberals are claiming that minimum wage is a counter-productive measure as it increases labour costs and unemployment. Academia shows that it is not the case. In most cases, minimum wage has almost no effect on employment. Sometimes the effect on employment is even positive.
The debate on a minimum wage at EU level has taken off about a decade ago, but practical work towards its realization has been limited. Major EU member states had been reluctant to follow that path, let alone have an EU-wide policy on the subject.
Planet Earth is nearly a perfect blue sphere. The blue colour reflects the enormous amounts of water on earth. Nevertheless, this apparent abundance is an illusion. Only 2% of the visible blue landscape is fresh water.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) have unleashed an unprecedented debate within the EU. This debate has mostly concentrated on three points of contention.
This brief was written for the Next Social Europe event that took place in Brussels on the 23rd of February . It was organised by FEPS and its partners Policy Network, CEVEA, Renner Institut, Wiardi Beckman Stichting.
This brief was written for the Next Social Europe event that took place in Brussels on the 23rd of February. It was organised by FEPS and its partners Policy Network, CEVEA, Renner Institut, Wiardi Beckman Stichting.
EC has long encouraged wage moderation, and it has explicitly recommended real wage growth below productivity growth. It has resulted in increasing inequality, declining share of wages in national income, and the emergence of a class of super rich without generating a sustainable growth model
Gender and LGBT+ rights (hereinafter: gender rights) are a cornerstone for progressive society and politics. The state of gender rights are, in fact, a litmus test one should run to explore and evaluate the human rights situation in a given country.
The European Social Model has been loosely defined as a comprehensive welfare system combined with institutionalized industrial relations. Solidarity and responsibility sharing, in line with the letter and spirit of the Lisbon Treaty is needed.
This policy brief addresses, in a comparative European perspective, three interlinked challenges that explain some of the background to the predicament Greece and the rest of the European Union, in particular older member states, find themselves today.
The world community will have the unique opportunity to tackle dangerous climate change at the COP 21 hosted by François Hollande in December. We European Socialists and Democrats call urgently for an ambitious, dynamic and legally binding agreement at the COP21
Anniversaries provide an opportunity offer an occasion for remembrance and stocktaking. The 20th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is not an exception to that rule.
In late summer 2015, the Hungarian refugee crisis was the breaking news on almost all important international television channels. The images depicted were previously mostly shown in connection with events on the Mediterranean Sea.
This Policy Brief was drafted as a reflection after a seminar held by FEPS, Policy Network and Renner Institut in Oxford in July 2015. It is organized alongside 10 Core Guidelines, which were inspired by different points made respectively during the debate
This Policy Brief tries to envisage a different Europe. It is the second in a series of three in which future macroeconomic scenarios for Europe are analysed using projections generated by the Cambridge-Alphametrics Model (CAM).
Following a long and, at times, arduous process of negotiations that lasted almost two years, Iran and the P5+1/E3+3 powers have finally announced in Vienna a long-term, comprehensive agreement regarding the Iranian nuclear programme.
Giovanni Cozzi, University of Greenwich, and Terry McKinley, SOAS (University of London), focus this Policy Brief on projected trends over the next ten years in two key economic variables: GDP growth rates and current-account balances as a ratio to GDP.
The lessons learnt from the Greek crisis should lead the Eurozone to greater institutional convergence, which would comprise of concrete steps towards stronger governance, enhanced common fiscal and investment instruments, debt mutualisation, and more shared sovereignty.
In recent years gender equality and the concept of ‘gender’ itself have been discredited in several European countries by their opponents as something suspicious, even an enemy. ‘Gender’ has become a concept used to mobilize the masses against diverse causes.
Ernst Stetter, Secretary General of FEPS, argues that a compulsory resettlement scheme based on a quota system should be launched and EU external representation offices installed with a capacity to issue humanitarian visas.
Rodrigo Fernandez, Researcher at SOMO (University of Leuven) analyses the current debates in the EU on the Capital Market Union (CMU) include activities that are part of the shadow banking system, in particular securitization.
Ismail Erturk. Senior Lecturer from PMO, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, says that governance mechanism is needed to make ECB democratically accountable and transparent to the Eurozone citizens and companies
Charlie Dannreuther, lecturer in European Political Economy from the University of Leeds, explains that European SMEs are up to three times more likely to rely on bank finance than their US counterparts.
The EU Commission proposes simple, transparent and standardised/comparable securitization. Matthias Thiemann, professor from Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt) identifies three main challenges of the Commission’s plans.
Daniela Gabor, Associate Professor UWE Bristol and Jakob Vestergaard, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), identify five main challenges of the Commission’s market infrastructure plans.
Since 2008 the European Union has been in recession twice. Now – six years after the crisis broke out – domestic demand is still subdued and the economies are growing at a slow pace at best. Put differently Europe is still affected by the crisis and recovery prospect is bleak.
This Policy Brief is the first of a series of three that explore progressive policies that could address the current economic dilemma of the European Union. This first one assumes a continuation of conventional macroeconomic policies together with a significant rise in capital investment.
As things stand, the European financial system both reflects the effects of three decades of worsening inequality and operates in ways that deepen it. This policy brief proposes ten reforms aimed at breaking the inequality-finance cycle in Europe.
This policy brief by Daniela Gabor focuses on banking union as the best solution to secure European financial stability. However union proposals have not tackled the fundamental challenges posed by the architecture of European finance.
The article was written in preparation to the fifth Transatlantic dialogue on gender issues "Woman up! for a new progressive agenda" Progressives used to be proud pioneers of the gender equality. However, since recently they slid to a defensive position against the conservative ideological...
Call to Europe III, Conference paper on innovation and growth in Europe by Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University and Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Former European Investment Bank Senior Vice President
More than four years after the outbreak of the worst economic crises since world war two, Europe still finds itself struggling to get out of the crisis. The consequences of the crisis so far have been severe. These issues are explored by Lars Andersen, and Erik Bjørsted of ECLM in this Policy Brief.
Established on the FEPS and EFDS assessment visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Policy Brief, wtritten by J. Tánczos and Danijel Tadic, gives an overview of the changing role of internatinal actors in BiH, and continues with an analysis of the internal political situation of the country.
This Policy Brief explores a policy scenario of boosting the powers of the EU Federal Government as a means to spearhead an employment-led economic recovery in Europe. Authors: McKinley, Terry (CDPR); Cozzi, Giovanni (FEPS); Michell, Jo (CDPR), Hannah Bargawi (CDPR)