FEPS Weekly Newsletter 11 Nov 2022

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US-EU, energy, twin transition, global governance, migration, Call to Europe, and much more!
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Upcoming Events
Implications for US democracy, the EU, and global politics
16 November – Brussels, Belgium

The US mid-term elections that took place this week are crucial to define the state of democracy in the US, its influence and ability to shape international politics.

In the context of rising polarisation, how to interpret the outcome of the mid-term elections, and what are the implications for US internal politics and external relations?

To analyse this, FEPS and the German Marshall Fund (GMF) will bring together leading European and US experts and policymakers at the State of the Unions conference, a platform to promote better coordination and collaboration between the transatlantic partners.
21 November – Barcelona, Spain

This public conference in Barcelona by FEPS and the Rafael Campalans Foundation will analyse the Twin Transition from both a global and a local perspective.

The event is composed of two panels:
  • The first launches the Policy Study by FEPS and United Nations University β€œThe EU and Northern Africa: together towards a Twin Transition?”. It will take a deep dive into the EU’s green and digital policies vis-Γ -vis North Africa: has the EU been able to unite the two successfully? And what about Northern Africa? Is there an alignment and tangible impact that is necessary to tackle the global problem of climate change?
  • The second panel will instead zoom in on the local level: (smart) cities. The conference capitalises on the political momentum of the Smart City Expo, taking place in Barcelona.
21 November – Brussels, Belgium

Energy prices are soaring. The risk of poverty is increasing. Millions of Europeans already live in energy poverty, struggling to pay bills and live a decent life. While the Russian Federation’s horrific invasion of Ukraine has shifted the geopolitics of decarbonization, the EU’s ambitions to tackle the structural causes of energy poverty and accelerate the transition to renewable energy are under threat.

SOLIDAR, FEPS, Social Platform, and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are hosting a roundtable to ask: What can the EU do to rapidly respond to the needs of the energy crisis without sacrificing the just energy transition?
28 November – Prague, Czech Republic

EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, will be one of the speakers of this new edition of Call to Europe that will take place in Prague, organised by FEPS, Masarykova DemokratickΓ‘ Akademie, and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

It will bring together policymakers, academic experts, and activists to discuss not only the current crisis of living costs and the state of play for Social Europe, but also how European social and economic policy should be shaped so that all Europeans can have a decent quality of life.

Prior to the public conference, FEPS member foundations are invited to join a discussion on social democracy in central and Eastern Europe, followed by a closed-door roundtable on the energy crisis.
10 November, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

At this COP27 side event, we discussed how a just transition implies the need for a deep restructuring of financial flows. We need to put in place multiple building blocks. First, we need a proper understanding of the sectoral requirements in the most challenging geographies, especially in the developing world.

Then, we need to understand how we can use possible financial pathways in the Global North and find partners in the Global South.
Financial solidarity is key to achieving climate justice for all: we must align international financial regulations, standards, and norms with green requirements.

Watch this COP27 side event to get more answers to this question!

🧵Find some of the highlights from the debate in this Twitter thread.
Preparing for a new global governance and a Pact for the Future
7 November – FEPS Headquarters, Brussels

A UN Summit of the Future to adopt a Pact for the Future will take place in September 2024. To support the preparatory process towards this summit, think tanks worldwide, such as the Washington DC-based Stimson Center, prepared ground-breaking research.

At the event this week, FEPS presented the Stimson Center’s report with twenty ideas intended to encourage more ambitious, forward-looking thinking on global governance renewal.

Speakers included Ann Linde, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Adam Day, UN University and Co-lead of the HLAB on Effective Multilateralism, and Richard Ponzio, Stimson Center Director for Global Issues.

🧵Read some of the takeaways from this event in this Twitter thread.

🇺🇳FEPS has been working for a long time on reforming multilateralism; more about it here.
7 November – Rome, Italy

This was the last one of the series of events that have been taking place around Europe in the last two months.

FEPS, FES and the European Policy Centre (EPC) have been jointly working on a research project on disinformation on migration.

📺 Don’t miss our latest material: an animated video on how to fight disinformation in the EU!

📚We produced a series of studies in 2020 and 2021. A third one will be ready soon.
The Danish gambit: snap elections reconfirm the lead for Social Democrats

On 1 November, Danish voters were called to choose the 179 members of the Folketing in snap elections. The preceding campaign proved very challenging, both because of the international and European contexts and the domestic situation. As many as 14 parties competed, a political fragmentation which additionally induced the already high volatility of the Danish electorate, seeing, this time, 50 per cent of voters changing their political preferences.

In the end, the electoral night saw the incumbent Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen achieving the best result for the Social Democrats in two decades with 27.6 per cent and 50 MPs. The β€˜red block’ managed to secure 90 seats, which is a majority – even if a slim one. The result leaves Social Democrats with a question on how to build bridges, consolidating the various political stakeholders behind tough challenges that the new government will undoubtedly continue to face, especially in the combined energy and cost of living crises
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