FEPS Newsletter 5 April 2024 – Elections, (Social) Democracy, AI…

Protecting democracy, workers and housing

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The transformation of the mainstream right in Western Europe


The transformation of the mainstream right in Western Europe

Implications for Social Democracy

18 April – FEPS HQ – In collaboration with Karl-Renner-Institut and Fondation Jean-Jaurès

The challenge to democracy is not just the far-right but some centre-right parties allying with them, letting them inside governments and normalising their exclusionary discourse. 


Join us as we unveil the findings and policy recommendations of our upcoming  policy study ‘The transformation of the European mainstream right and its impact on (social) democracy’, together with co-authors, policymakers, and academics. 


In the meantime, check out the Policy Brief which is already available! 


We’ll also launch the policy study in Vienna on 22 April. 


The rise of algorithmic management, from platform economy to traditional sectors

Webinar on platform work and algorithms at the workplace

8 April – Online – FEPS In collaboration with the nordic partners of the Digital Research Programme

The rise of algorithmic management, from platform economy to traditional sectors

In the near future, a significant portion of the population will be confronted with AI in the workplace. Understanding the developments in the platform economy (where platform workers are confronted with algorithmic management in its purest form) is essential for better grasping what is coming for more traditional sectors of the economy.


Join us in this webinar, where we will unveil the first findings of the Digital Research Programme, which aims to establish a worker-centric approach to algorithmic management.

Ahead and beyond the elections


Ahead and beyond the elections

Next Left analytical conference

14 April – FEPS HQIn collaboration with Karl-Renner-Institut 

What are the major European political and social trends in 2024? To reply to this question, we were joined by top European and global polling experts who provided us with short and long-term insights on trends around European elections.


This was the first Next Left Analytical Meeting, a new addition to the Next Left Research Programme, aimed at providing a better understanding of what the existing surveys and polls reflect.


School of young politicians on housing

#ProgressivesSpeakUp 2024

4-5 April – Portimão, Portugal – with the PES CoR, PES, S&D group and YES

#ProgressivesSpeakUp 2024

The fifth edition of the #ProgressivesSpeakUp: School of young local and regional politicians, is taking place in Portimão (Portugal) in the framework of the PES CoR’ extraordinary Group meeting on ‘#HousingForAll: Progressive cities and regions building the future of housing policy‘.


Over the last decade, rents in Europe have increased by an average of 25%, and housing prices have increased by up to 50%. Can the EU do something to make housing more affordable?


Read the Portimão Declaration calling for a European Plan for affordable housing.


Also, on housing, on April 24, we will co-host the expert roundtable in Greece Housing as an investment; while on May 16, we will co-organise the fringe event Shaping EU action for affordable and sustainable housing, as part of the Interdisciplinary conference on European Advanced Studies (IDEAS). 

Interview with Maria João Rodrigues on the need for EU treaty changes with Euronews


Interview with Maria João Rodrigues on the need for EU treaty changes with Euronews

Article by Amandine Hess – Published in Euronews

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“In several policy areas, we need to move from unanimity to qualified majority voting because otherwise we will be paralysed. This is the case in the external action, tax policy and social policy.”


FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues stands among the increasing number of advocates calling for reform of EU institutions to enhance efficiency, democracy, and adaptability to contemporary challenges. Find out more in this Euronews’ piece and check out FEPS publication on EU treaties changes.


Sustainable democracies need a sustainable media sector, says Jourová

Article by Christoph Schwaiger – Published in Euractiv

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Sustainable democracies need a sustainable media sector, says Jourová

FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues delivered a keynote speech at the Stars4Media conference in Brussels, which seeks to foster collaboration among media professionals. She was interviewed on the sidelines of the event and expressed her confidence in the significant role quality journalism continues to hold in shaping Europe’s future.

The Progressive Post
Read the new dossier of the Progressive Post


Protecting democracy from digital disinformation

By Olaf Böhnke, Omri Preiss and Alicia Combaz

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In this super-elections year, defending democracies and electoral processes from the escalating threat of ever-more sophisticated digital disinformation is paramount. Read the new dossier of the Progressive Post:



Social democracy and the working class with Jonas Pontusson

With Jonas Pontusson and László Andor

Social democracy and the working class with Jonas Pontusson

Professor Jonas Pontusson shares his views about the need for a “social democratic renewal”. There is no simple recipe for this, and one needs to research political economy as well as sociology for a proper assessment of the dynamics of progressive politics today.


The assumption that the working class automatically supports socialists was probably never true, but today the relevance of the social democratic programme is highlighted by the growing inequalities and the rise of the so-called precariat. We must stress better the economic agenda: improving redistribution and finding ways to strengthen economic democracy. In various countries, new forms of workers’ activism give hope for revitalising the labour movement and social democratic politics as well.

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