FEPS Weekly Newsletter 14 Jan 2022

FEPS Weekly Newsletter #1
📅Progressive events, publications, news, articles & more!
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Upcoming Events
Welcome to our first weekly newsletter! We will keep you updated about FEPS events, publications, articles, podcasts and much more.

After the winter break, FEPS team is back with recharged batteries and ready to continue making a difference.

Unfortunately, this week has been marked by the heartbreaking loss of David Sassoli. The EU and the progressive family lost a real leader, a fighter for democracy and European integration, and a kind man. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends. He will be incredibly missed.

Ainara Bascuñana, FEPS Head of Communication
FEPS-Fabian New Year conference
FEPS-Fabian New Year conference
Saturday, 15 January 2022, 8:00 – 17:00

For over a decade, FEPS and the Fabian Society have started the year with a conference examining critical political issues being faced by the British and European left.

We will debate about the ambitions of the left as we seek to rebuild our societies and economies after the pandemic and prepare for the green and digital transitions.
Barbara Prammer Symposium
8th Barbara Prammer Symposium
Monday, 24 January 2022, 10:00 – 15:30

Living free from violence. The Istanbul Convention and its perspectives” is the title of the 8th Barbara Prammer Symposium, a hybrid event that will be hosted by the Parliamentary Group of the SPÖ, the Women’s Organisation of the SPÖ, FEPS and the Karl-Renner-Institut.

For registrations, please send an email to veranstaltung@spoe.at.
Progressive Yearbook launch
Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 12:30-13:30

FEPS will be e-launching the third edition of one of its most unique yearly publications: the Progressive Yearbook 2022. On the same occasion, our Secretary General László Andor will also reveal and interview the FEPS personality of the year!
11 January 2022

This week, FEPS and TASC presented their latest study investigating the working and living conditions of migrants employed in the agricultural and care sectors in Europe.

Focusing on Germany, Greece, Ireland, and Spain, the study aims to assess how these conditions impact the migrants’ daily lives and their capability to partake in community life. It also considers to what extent improper legislation hinders – rather than facilitates – migrants’ inclusion.
Strategic Autonomy
By Prof. Dr Sven Biscop

Autonomy is a mindset. An actor that does not think autonomously will never act autonomously, regardless of its capabilities.”

“Five components of that mindset are essential” Find out more about these components in the Policy Brief by Prof. Dr Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute).

This is the second publication of the EU Strategic Autonomy series by FEPS, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Fondation Jean-Jaurès!


Migration has become one of Europe’s most politically divisive issues. This Policy Study concentrates on two critical sectors – agriculture and care – that depend on migrant labour to function, and it demonstrates that migrant workers are often invisible in society, routinely subjected to exploitative working conditions, denied the basic social rights and protections afforded to local workers.

Yet, enabling migrant workers to actively participate in the social, civic and political life of their communities is key to building solidarity and fostering more resilient and cohesive societies across Europe.
#111 FEPS Talks Podcast

Dr Anneliese Dodds, Chair of the British Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joins Dr Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, in this FEPS Talks episode to speak about the Labour’s vision for Britain 2030.

Discussing the new document “Stronger Together”, they explore short term and long-term political challenges, offering the sneak-peek ahead of this weekend’s FEPS – Fabians New Year’s Conference and the panel about the future of social democracy.
We are hiring

We are looking for a Policy Analyst in the field of international relations (Deadline for applications: 21.01.2022 at 12:00 CET) and for a new Policy Analyst in the field of economic and social policy (Deadline for applications: 20.01.2022 12:00 CET). Interested? You are still on time to apply!

The FEPS and the Brussels Binder commit to strengthening their cooperation to promote the role of women and gender inclusivity in EU policy-making and policy discussions in Brussels. Read more
Brexit after 2021
by Federico Fabbrini

2021 has been a year of passage for Brexit – the process of the United Kingdom (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU) – but the Promised Land, much hailed by the Brexiteers, seems increasingly a faraway mirage. Read more

Photo credits: Alex_An_Der/Shutterstock (above) and Shyri/Shutterstock (below)
the path to social cohesion

Years after the humanitarian emergency of 2015-16, the debate over migration is still very polarised. It continues to be instrumentalised by policymakers and is still portrayed as an emergency and a threat, even if the number of asylum seekers and migrants trying to get into the EU are just a few thousands, as those, recently, coming via Belarus.

No real progress in the most divisive aspect of the Commission’s Pact on Asylum and Migration is in sight: the reform of the Dublin regulation. Read more

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