FEPS Newsletter 17 May 2024 – 🎓 FEPS Young Academic Network

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The FEPS Young Academic Network (YAN) 8th cycle has successfully concluded, marking yet another great chapter of an initiative established jointly by FEPS and Karl-Renner-Institut in 2009. 


These incredibly motivated 43 PhD candidates and postdocs worked throughout the almost two-year cycle with mentors and experts, including Members of the European Parliament, and produced six policy papers on themes such as: social inequalities, fiscal policy, geopolitics, eco socialism, migration and digitalisation


The FEPS YAN 9th cycle is about to kick off. The new scholars will soon participate in the first in-person session in Vienna in July 2024.


More information about this programme at the FEPS YAN website.

Tightening welfare belts again?

By Jan Bogusławski, Matilde Ceron, Robin Huguenot-Noël, Alessandro Liscai and Severin Rapp – In collaboration with the Karl-Renner-Institut


To what extent do EU fiscal rules constrain governments’ social and labour market spending? Exploring the critical cases of France and Italy, this policy study gathers evidence from two decades of interactions between national welfare priorities and EU fiscal rules and, through this comparison, sheds light on the mechanisms underlying recent recalibrations and what it means for the Social Pillar implementation.

By Unai Gómez-Hernández, Alberto Bortolotti, Dennis Gottschlich and Maja Gergorić – In collaboration with the Karl-Renner-Institut


In recent years, European citizens have witnessed a rise in inequality, especially socio-economic, alongside an increase in vote share for radical right populist parties. By examining case studies from Italy, Hungary, and Spain (with the comparative case of Germany), this policy study argues that the rise of populism is not only linked to economic trends but also to other constitutional changes and institutional settings characterising European countries with a focus on economic inequality as the explanatory variable for political participation.

Inequality and populism
Toward a progressive geopolitical EU

By Mathieu Blondeel, Cleo Davies, Daniel Muth and Marene Elgershuizen – In collaboration with the Karl-Renner-Institut


In the face of a rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape, marked by global tensions and environmental challenges, this report outlines the evolution of the EU towards a geopolitical union. With the 2024 European elections approaching, the report proposes principles, which, taken together, provide for a dynamic, applicable framework that serves as a basis for practical engagement and policy formulation in fostering a progressive EU geopolitics.

By Tin Kampl, Dmytro Mamaiev, JiMin Nam, Tomás Vieira Silva and Elena Zacharenko – In collaboration with the Karl-Renner-Institut


EU enlargement is once again becoming a priority for European decision makers and is seen as an effective foreign policy tool in challenging geopolitical times. However, it is imperative to recognise EU accession as a multifaceted process that can also exacerbate socio-economic disparities within and beyond the EU. This policy study analyses this phenomenon in light of two specific issues: the application of visa liberalisation policies under EU accession negotiations; and the negative effects of high levels of migration from the semi-periphery to the core of the EU induced by access to free movement.

Labour migration from the European periphery to the EU’s core
Ecosocial food policies – proposal for a new social-democratic approach

By Lena Siepker and Halliki Kreinin – In collaboration with the Karl-Renner-Institut


In the run-up to the European elections in 2024, this policy study delves into the essential question of why we need to transform the EU food system and how to do it – adopting an ecosocialist perspective that serves as a basis for a new, progressive, social- democratic and ecological food policy. 

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By Kilian Wirthwein, Marc Cabañas, Fabio Di Nunno and Leah Rea – In collaboration with the Karl-Renner-Institut


This policy study delves into the evolution of the regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transparency and targeting of political advertising, exploring upcoming key changes and their connection to broader discussions on populism, democratic values, and access to quality information. Additionally, it provides guidelines for progressive parties on leveraging this legislation to initiate comprehensive strategies to combat extremist populism and antidemocratic movements within the EU.

EU regulation on transparency and targeting of political advertising?
Training of trainers second session

In collaboration with Foundation Max van der Stoel and Karl-Renner-Institut


Take part in this exciting opportunity to enhance your skills and engage in knowledge exchange with trainers from across Europe. Each participant will contribute their unique experiences, styles, and ideas, fostering a rich environment for collaborative learning.

Our upcoming session is scheduled to be held in Vienna on 21-23 June. Join us and become an integral member of the pan-European Progressive Network, connecting with educators, instructors, and facilitators across the continent! 

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Do you have expertise in international relations? Have you worked in areas such as multilateralism, EU foreign, security, peace, development and cooperation policies?

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The ideal candidate will steer and implement a coherent portfolio of FEPS (co-)funded projects (including its development and consolidation) aimed at impacting policies, political debates and/or public awareness related to the EU’s approach to, and position in the world whilst building on the social democratic tradition of international cooperation and development. Apply before 24 June!

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