FEPS Newsletter 23 June 2023 – Europe and the war in Ukraine 

🇺🇦 FEPS Newsletter: Europe and the war in Ukraine
Ukraine, Care4Care, Day of Progressive Economy & Thessaloniki Declaration
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Upcoming Events
It has been over one year since Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Despite initial odds, Ukraine is standing firm. Through our latest volume ‘Europe and the war in Ukraine’ we look through a progressive lens on the conduct of the war, its consequence for Ukraine and the EU. Experts believe that our book “will be an indispensable source of analysis and information for students, researchers and policymakers trying to get their heads around the Russian aggression against Ukraine”. They emphasise that it “offers the first comprehensive account of the war and its repercussions in Europe”. We hope that on its pages you will also find answers to some of your questions during these challenging times for Europe.
Edited by László Andor and Uwe Optenhoegel

Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine brought with it the potential to create chaos in the international system. While not a military player itself, the EU has appeared as a significant actor supporting Ukraine’s resistance against an unprovoked Russian aggression.

Our new book ‘Europe and the war in Ukraine’, with 21 expert authors, is an indispensable source of analysis and information for students, researchers and policymakers trying to understand the diverse global consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine
Together with Karl-Renner-Institut, Kalevi Sorsa-säätiö, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Foundation Max van der Stoel, Fondation Jean-Jaurès and Fundacja Amicus Europae, our ambition with this book is to track the developments concerning the key aspects of the war from a European perspective. Read more.
20 June – London, UK – Hybrid

How can Progressives support Ukraine’s reconstruction? What role does the EU play in the country’s recovery?
We debated those questions, among others, during our public roundtable organised with PEGFA University of Greenwich and London School of Economics. With Yuliya Yurchenko, Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich; Uwe Optenhögel, Vice President of FEPS and many other experts, we discussed the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for the EU but, above all, for Ukrainians. It is crucial that we understand where the needs of Ukrainians are to be able to make the right investments. We must work for the reconstruction of Ukraine as a democratic and resilient state.
Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, FEPS has worked extensively to bring in a progressive perspective into support for Ukraine’s fight for free and democratic future, as well as its (post)war recovery and transformation.
We have also tried to understand better the long-term implications of the war for Europe and beyond. We compiled our previous work in this presentation, but find here a selection of our latest work on the topic:
Digitalisation and platformisation can be seen as useful ways to ease and modernise the work of professional carers: in terms of accessibility to new positions, improvement of the educational and training system, overcoming mobility challenges, etc.
For that to be the case, the EU must put in place efficient policies to protect the workers and citizens. Throughout the conversation, speakers identified one major challenge to be addressed in the care economy: gender imbalance. Digitalisation has an impact on gender equality, and this should be considered when updating digital services. Some propositions for improvement were evoked in the second half of the debate with Claire Marzo, Associate Professor, Paris East University; Adam Rogalewski, Policy Officer for Health and Social Services, EPSU; Irene Rioboo Leston, Researcher, EIGE, and Inga Sabanova, Policy Officer, FES Future of Work Competence Center. We need to empower workers and prevent the discrimination against care workers, without forgetting those increasingly engaging on platforms to deliver this essential- yet undervalued – service to society.
Thinking economics forward
Day of progressive economy 2023

19-20 June – Berlin, Germany – Hybrid
How do we overcome the poly-crisis of our time?
FEPS, together with FiscalFuture, Macroeconomic Policy Institute and the German Trade Union Confederation, took part in the Day of Progressive Economy organised by FES, where we discussed the future viability of the EU economic model.

To overcome the multiple crises of our time, we need to innovate and develop imaginative economic and financial policies. László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Director of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund, and Jörg Kukies, Secretary of State at the German Federal Chancellery, debated on how to address this challenge, especially as the transition must not be at the expense of the population.
20 years ago, the leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans committed themselves to the Thessaloniki Declaration. In the first few lines, they agreed on the unequivocal support towards
the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries. The future of the Balkans was to be within the European Union. Read more.
Photo credits: European Communities, 2003
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