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Brexit and the left

by Neal Lawson on 23rd July 2019 The Labour Party has squandered three years in addressing the challenge posed by the Brexit referendum. The left is in a mess on Brexit—both in the UK and, despite lots of solidarity, in terms of creative thinking and practical help from the wider European left. Read More »

The challenge ahead: a safer and more dynamic Europe

by Gustav Horn In the latest in our ‘Europe2025’ series, Gustav Horn focuses on macroeconomic institutional reforms for crisis-proofing and a programme of investment to engender vital public goods. After the European Parliament elections, it is time to decide how the European Union will meet the challenges of the near future. If the EU is to survive in the long ... Read More »

Europe must answer the climate call

By Christiana Figueres Brussels – In early 2015, the European Union became the first major economy to set a post-2020 target for limiting greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. By committing to reducing emissions to at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the EU initiated a global movement that culminated in the adoption of the Paris climate agreement later that year. This ... Read More »

Beyond the EU budget zero-sum game

by Leonardo Costa Discussion of the EU budget brings strife between supposed net contributors and beneficiaries. Yet the picture is more complex and Europe-wide taxation offers a way out. When it comes to the budget for the European Union, the debate is dominated by which member states are net contributors and which net beneficiaries. This has been a barrier to ... Read More »

Europe should lead on climate action

By Connie Hedegaard Brussels – Since the massive mobilization effort that preceded the 2009 Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, the world has begun translating words and intentions into real action on climate change. European leadership – from government, civil society, and business – has played a pivotal role in driving progress. Given how much remains to be done, ... Read More »

Rethinking Europe—a challenge for trade unions

In our ‘Europe2025’ series, setting the agenda for the EU in the new term following the coming elections, Peter Scherrer outlines a project for rethinking Europe from a trade-union perspective. Nearly 700 delegates will be debating the future of our continent at the 14th congress of the European Trade Union Confederation, just before the elections to the European Parliament. Needless to say, ... Read More »

Unequal Europe—collating the data

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a website collating the sources of data on inequality across the European Union and exploring evidence-based policy prescriptions? Now there is. Why is human labour remunerated so differently? Do opportunities in life have to be distributed so unequally? What can we do to create a Europe for the many instead of the few? In the ... Read More »

European Elections in the UK: A Brexit turning-point?

by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust It is easy to sympathise with last week’s reluctance of President Macron and other EU-27 leaders to endorse an extension of the Article 50 Brexit negotiations until the end of October 2019. There is a real chance that in six months the present bad-tempered and confused impasse in the House of Commons will ... Read More »

Europe must place sustainable well-being for all at heart

In six months, millions of Europeans will go to the ballot box to choose the next European Parliament (EP). Nationalists and self-proclaimed progressives have already designated this election as a confrontation between democrats and autocrats, and between pro- and anti-Europeans. This is not what this election is about, and it is not by demonising those who may be tempted to ... Read More »

Migration into Europe: A long-term solution?

Why has migration become such a big problem? Many reasons can be adduced: the war in Syria, the integration of Eastern Europe, lack of new jobs in many Western countries following the Global Financial Crisis etc. But listing individual reasons is insufficient to understand it and think what to do about it. Read More »

‘New’ perspectives for Europe

I am invited to talk about New Perspectives on Europe, but new ones fail me, and the Trumpian decay afflicting even the core of Europe makes me seriously question my old perspectives. Certainly, the risks associated with a significantly changed state of the world have penetrated public awareness and have altered perspectives on Europe. They have also directed the broader ... Read More »

Politics, pessimism and populism

The rise of right-wing populism is probably the most pressing problem facing Europe today. Many analysts, including myself, have linked the rise of populism to the decline of the social democratic or center-left. Many traditional social democratic voters now vote populist; social democracy’s embrace of a “kinder, gentler” neoliberalism opened a policy “space” populists filled with welfare-state chauvinism; and social ... Read More »

The collapse of European social democracy, Part 2

In the first part of his analysis Paul Sweeney pointed to a variety of causes behind the decline of social democracy over the past 30 years or more. In this second part he looks at wider economic and social trends since the 2008 crisis, including the ever-widening gap between rich and poor and growth in inequality, and concludes that social ... Read More »

The Collapse Of European Social Democracy, Part 1

Introduction Social Democracy (SD) has been the most powerful political force in Europe since the Second World War. It turned the nation state into the welfare state. Its politics built the welfare state and healthcare systems in West European countries. Along with conservatism it was one of the twin pillars of European democracy. Conservatism too is fracturing in Europe. Read More »