FEPS Fresh Thinking

On December 6, the European Commission presented the long-awaited package for the deepening of the European Economic and Monetary Union. In a debate we organised at FEPS to gather first reactions to the proposal, a member of the European Parliament put forward the right questions: how should it be explained to people in the different… » read more

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Social Europe – Finally?

Today’s gathering in Gothenburg might be a real advancement for Social Europe and for prioritising the social and welfare concerns of European citizens. Let us remind ourselves that on November 16th 1997 the then prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean Claude Juncker, held the first European summit on social issues. This summit should have been the… » read more

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It’s the culture, stupid!

Almost two weeks after the federal elections, Germans are still searching for explanations for the soar-away success of the far-right AfD (alternative für Deutschland) and the sour decline of the two main parties, the CDU and the SPD. In his remarkable speech on the occasion of the national commemoration of the German unification on October… » read more

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Post in the context of the Oxford Symposium #PNOxford, which celebrated its 5thedition this year, thanks to the fruitful cooperation among FEPS, Policy Network and Renner Institut.   The topic of this year’s session was how to frame a new progressive narrative for the next phase of globalisation that will define in how far the… » read more

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Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique opportunity for Europe to review the path of what has been achieved so far and to look for future endeavours to undertake. The purpose of today’s blog is not to comment again on this. There has been enormous debate in recent… » read more

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On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’ on the future of Europe to the European Parliament in Brussels. The White Paper presents a range of scenarios for how the European Union could evolve within the next decade(s). ‘What future do we want for ourselves, for our children and… » read more

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We all know there will be a number of crucial decisions taken in 2017. And we have to re-think how the European project continues in-line with the upcoming negotiations.   Let us remind ourselves that we are celebrating 60 years of the Treaty of Rome this year. This marks the moment of Europe coming together,… » read more

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Two basic lessons from the regional elections in Germany There are clearly two basic lessons in which we can learn from last Sunday’s elections in Germany about how to compete with the worrying, increasing trend of right wing populists: Lesson N° 1 – It’s the candidate, stupid! Lesson N° 2 – It’s coherence, stupid! These… » read more

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It is natural that, after giving birth to a child, all parents want their newborns to have a good, healthy, productive and fruitful life. In that respect it is not surprising that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have the same feelings and emotions. In an open letter posted on Facebook yesterday and… » read more

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