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Oct - 2013



09 October  

Center for American progress, Washington 

Conference:Macroeconomic Cooperation and the International Monetary System


Public debate organized with IPD at Columbia University to elaborate on ways in which to reform the international monetary system and economic governance in order to maintain sustained global economic growth and high levels of employment.

Among Speakers J. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate winning Economist; A. Posen, President, Peterson Institute of International Economics;  M. D’Alema, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy; J.A Ocampo, IPD Co-President, Initiative for Policy Dialogue;  Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director, IPD.

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13-16 October  

Assessment visit to Greece

Enhancing democracy pre and post EU accession by addressing the democratic challenges at the doorsteps and within the EU

The quest for revitalising the EU enlargement policy for European progressives brought together FEPS & EFDS in the research programme Copenhagen revisited in 2011. The result of this cooperation was the book EU Enlargement Anno 2012 – A Progressive Engagement.

Considered to be the cradle of democracy, ironically Greece has been backsliding since the outburst of the financial and economic crisis. The objective of the assessment visit is to analyse, how pluralism and democratic participation can be enhanced against the background of this grave societal crisis.

See the programme of the visit

20-21 October  

Karl Renner Institut, Vienna

Next Left working group - Politicising Europe, europeanising social democracy

Following a successful pilot phase in 2012, the members of the Next Left Working Group (see the list) will meet - with the support of Renner Institut -  for the second time this year in order to advance research undertaken by the respective members within this year's leading theme "Politicising Europe, europeanising social democracy".

The session will adress the following topics : potential openings for social democratic agenda in the context of the upcoming EU elections; the questions of euroscepticism and eurorejectionism and the strategic orientations regarding eventual coalition partners and competitors

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Policy Brief



How can the EU Federal Government spearhead an employment-led recovery?

Made with CDPR (SOAS - University of London), 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. The outcomes for 2020 and 2030 that are generated by this scenario are contrasted with those produced by a scenario of continuing the present trend of austerity measure.

Read this policy brief  from T. McKinley, G. Cozzi, J. Michell & H. Bargawi





European campaign: All is not (yet) lost

Our politicians should convey a message consisting of 40% economics and 60% utopia/mutual awareness (instead of 100% economics) said Dominique Wolton, Director of the Communication Sciences Institute at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Only through such balance can we foster shared European impetus, backed by the people. Only through the sum total of our cultural and historical differences can we create a true identity for Europe. The people of Europe are being told nothing about the elections, leaving most citizens confused as to the issues at stake.

Read the column





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. He looks at Russia's attitude to outside interference and the state self-perception as a "sovereign democracy". He also examines the transition from US unipolarity to the present "unbalanced multipolarity".

Read the speech


Conference Report



Call to Europe 3 Beyond Austerity: Building European Solidarity

Austerity policy has not been able to ease the symptoms, let alone heal the underlying structural and long-term causes of the lingering crisis in Europe. Instead it transformed the economic malaise into a full blown economic, social and political crisis of the European Union. With the aim to provide visionary and inclusive alternatives to austerity, FEPS called upon academic experts, democratic representatives and civil society. 

Read the policy report

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First conclusions after the German Elections

"Will the misfortune of a German Europe?" asks Secretary general of FEPS, Ernst Stetter in his latest blog. Analysing in five points the first results of the German Elections, he concludes that Germany will continue to foster a more German Europe and will not become a more European Germany. "This is the battle for the SPD and now even more on the agenda than before."

Read the full blog





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. Supporting employment through investment, fairness in the tax system and social inclusion are high on the agenda.

Read the portrait


Call for Academic Papers



For enhancing women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa

FEPS with SOLIDAR launch a Call for academic papers (deadline: 21/10/2013) to be included in the publication "Woman up! For enhancing women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa". The aim of the publication is to define the main challenges in the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality and enhancing equal participation of women in social, democratic, economic, political and cultural life.

More details




Contributions to Call to Europe III

Looking towards the European elections in 2014, Call to Europe III debated an alternative social and economic approach for Europe and the importance of building European solidarity as a whole.

Topics adressed by 18 experts (László Andor, Malcom Sawyer, Udo Bulmann, Mariana Mazzucato, Engelbert Stockhammer...) : "The quest for wage-led growth in Europe", "Innovation and growth in Europe", "Building European solidarity: values-based policies for equitable growth and employment", "Enhancing women's employment opportunities"

Read the booklet


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 Union and the desired directions of integration. The mission therefore is two-folded: on one hand to politicise the question of the EU and show that an alternative scenario is possible; and on the other to decisively anchor this debate in the context of national politics. Hence the decision to use the momentum of the electoral campaigns in three of the founding states of the EU, namely France, Italy and Germany.

Thanks to Dr Ania Skrzypek who drafted ten provoking thoughts that these exchanges inspired, the conversation will continue.

Read the booklet


In the aftermath of 2008 : what is to be done?

Those who hoped the collapse of financial markets would usher in the end of neoliberalism and rehabilitate support for traditional social democratic policy programmes have been disappointed. 

In this book produced in collaboration with Policy Network, the authors (Olaf Cramme, Colin Crouch, Patrick Diamond,  David Miliband, Pippa Norris...) make the case for a new, post-crisis settlement harnessing the dynamic traditions of social liberalism and social democracy as the foundation for progressive reforms geared towards alleviating the crisis’ aftershocks and addressing the deep-seated structural challenges afflicting western capitalist democracies.

Read the book




Alain Bloëdt, FEPS Communication Advisor - alain.bloedt@feps-europe.eu - +32 2 234 69 00
This newsletter is edited by FEPS, with the support of the European Parliament

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