FEPS Newsletter 15 March 2024 – Getting ready for a dynamic week!

Youth, far-right, EU elections… and more!

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As we near the end of Winter (or so we hope!), we’re gearing up for one of the most dynamic weeks of the trimester here at FEPS. Our agenda is packed with discussions on youth, far-right, tax justice, EU elections, economic governance, global governance, enlargement…and more!

Health for all


Health for all

From a slogan to a reality for Europe

15 March – Cieszyn, Poland – In collaboration with Europe, a patient, Krytyka Polityczna and Masarykova Demokraticka Akademie (MDA)

Health is a political and economic issue. Social democracy needs to offer viable solutions for the area that has always constituted its core: public health. During the conference, we presented some of the findings of FEPS book ‘A European Health Union, as well as addressed the phenomena of privatisation of health services, the mental health crisis and the systemic burden of the long COVID phenomenon. 


Youth Event

My choice, My voice

19-20 March – European Parliament – By S&D Group; in collaboration with FEPS, PES, PES CoR and YES

S&D event 'My Choice, My Voice'

We’re excited to be part of S&D Youth Event, which will bring together over 500 young Socialists and Social Democrats from all over the European Union, to discuss and debate the issues that concern them the most. .


FEPS will organise two workshops:

Day of Progressive Economic Policy 2024


Day of Progressive Economic Policy 2024

Economic democracy to foster regional transformation

19-20 March – Berlin and online – By Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES); in collaboration with FEPS, IMK, Fiscal Future and DGB 

As an event partner, FEPS is running a panel ‘Economic democracy to foster regional transformation’, with Dr. Andrew Cumbers, lead researcher at the FEPS project ‘Economic Democracy’.


The current economic system has concentrated power in the hands of the few and created record inequality. The current economic model is not working for people and the planet. A new paradigm must be created. But the incumbent economic power holders are not going to be the drivers of change. Transformation of the economy requires a democratic process that would build up the power of social stakeholders and citizens at large. In this panel, we will explore the local/regional dimension of this transformation. 


Next Left Lecture IV with Prof. Simon Hix

The likely political and policy consequences of the EP 2024 elections

21 March – European Parliament (Hybrid) – In collaboration with Karl-Renner-Institut 

The likely political and policy consequences of the EP 2024 elections

In this new Lecture, Simon Hix, Professor at the European Union Institute, will offer some very important insights into the situation that the Progressives find themselves in ahead of the elections, as also some predictions as to what may happen after June 2024


The Next Left Lectures form an integral part of the Next Left Research Programme, established in 2009 with the ambition to contribute to progressive thinking and propose innovative paths.

Towards a global pact for a better future for people and the planet


Towards a global pact for a better future for people and the planet

Navigating through the poly-crisis

22 March – Brussels – In collaboration with FES EU Office, Fondation Jean-Jaurès, TASC, Karl-Renner-Institut, Olof Palmes Internationella Center  and Fundación Pablo Iglesias.

Ahead of the UN Summit of the Future, that will take place in New York in September, this event will gather policymakers, experts, civil society, youth and a diverse range of participants, including Guy Ryder, Under-Secretary-General for Policy at the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General.


We will reflect on the key findings of the upcoming FEPS book ‘For a New Global Deal. Preparing the Summit of the Future’, prepared by a high-level group of experts.


Friends of the Western Balkans meeting

The interplay between European elections, democracy and enlargement

21-23 March – Pristina, Kosovo – Expert meeting – With FES SOE, Karl-Renner-Institut, MDA, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, Fondation Jean-Jaurès, Foundation Max van der Stoel, Društvo Progresiva and Olof Palme International Center.

Friends of the Western Balkans – Pristina

The network Friends of the Western Balkans (FoWB) is gathering for its fifth meeting to discuss the interplay between the upcoming European elections and the process of enlargement and to reflect on labour migration – the so-called ‘brain drain’ – that affects the Western Balkans and whose long-term consequences may also be observed in the democratic institutions and processes.


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Seize this opportunity to shape European policy! Send us your idea by 24 March.



Brexit: A cautionary tale with Catherine Barnard


Brexit is not an issue of the past but the present, and it remains with us for the foreseeable future. FEPS Secretary General László Andor discusses its causes and consequences with Professor Catherine Barnard (University of Cambridge, Trinity College).

Brexit: A cautionary tale with Catherine Barnard

They agree that in 2016 the pro-Brexit side in reality voted against EU membership, but not for a clear vision of the UK outside of the EU, and the UK is still working out what it wants to be as a country and where. The animosity against the EU had developed over time and across political spectrums, not just within the backbenchers of the Conservatives. Without the UK, however, the EU is finding it easier to move towards a Social Union to ensure that welfare states can be made more resilient.

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