Karl Renner Institut

Karl Renner Institute is the political academy of the Austrian Social Democratic movement. In this capacity, it foremostly aims at:

  • involving experts from various fields in the development and realization of new political positions by establishing a discourse between experts from various fields and the Austrian Social Democratic Party;
  • generating a forum for political discussion and thus helping to introduce social democratic positions into public discussion;
  • training representatives of the Austrian Social Democratic Party so that they are optimally prepared for their present and future tasks;
  • fostering the organizational development of the Austrian Social Democratic Party in order to open up and modernize party structures.

In order to fulfil these tasks as well as possible, Karl Renner Institute and its nine regional offices (one in each of Austria’s federal provinces) try to orient and modify their individual programmes according to their customers’ demands, needs and wishes. A broad variety of publications, debate evenings, seminars and lectures appeal at a politically interested public while special conventions and seminars aim to invite experts, teachers and educators. Besides this, Karl Renner Institute is involved in educational work on an international level. Together with its foreign sister organisations, it especially tries to support the young Central and Eastern European democracies and to help their integration into the mainstream of European political life. Moreover, Karl Renner Institute organises workshops and individual consultations for functionaries, parliamentary representatives and employees of the Austrian Social Democratic Party in order to support local political work, to sound and discuss various positions on controversial political topics and to impart background information relevant to recent political questions and developments.

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Abortion in the European Union

Actors, issues and discourse

Terra incognita

Foresight series: The long-term implications of the war in Ukraine

Next Left Vol.13

Progressive proposals for turbulent times: How to boost the political, organizational and electoral potential

Next Left Vol.12

Progressivism after Covid: Experiences, impulses, ideas
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FEPS HQ (Expert meeting - Hybrid)

The future of armaments, disarmaments and human security

Foresight series: The long-term implications of the war in Ukraine
Brussels, Belgium (Hybrid)

What to do about right-wing populism?

Next Left Lecture III
Brussels, Belgium (Hybrid)

Prospects for Labour victory in the UK

Next Left lecture II
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Progressive MPs and MEPs advocate for the fulfilment of the promise made in Thessaloniki to the Western Balkans

Open letter to the European leaders ahead of the EU - Western Balkans Summit

Ahead of this week’s European Council, progressive MEPs and MPs urge EU leaders to take resolute actions toward the Western Balkans

On 17 and 18 June, the ‘Friends of the Western Balkans’, the newly established network […]

First meeting of the Friends of the Western Balkans

How do we get out of the dead end in the enlargement process?
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Trade and global supply chains in 2030

Next Left conference – Right-wing extremism and our progressive duty to fight it

EU-Israel Seminar