FEPS Weekly Newsletter 22 April 2022

FEPS Weekly Newsletter
📅 Intergenerational Solidarity, Care, Health Democracy, War in Ukraine, European Labour Model…
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Upcoming Events
27 April 2022, FEPS Headquarters (Brussels)

To mark the European Day of Solidarity Between Generations, the Young European Socialists (YES) and the European Seniors Organisation (ESO), together with the Party of European Socialists (PES) and FEPS, are organising an event to bring together young and old activists and policymakers to reflect on how civic education can empower people to exercise their right to participate.

This event comes after two successful editions in 2020 and 2021, that tackled the fight against climate change and the challenges and opportunities of the health and care sectors, respectively.
22 April 2022, Palermo (Italy)

The pandemic and the various public health measures adopted to tackle its spread have an enormous impact on societies, further worsening the situations of those living in difficulty and generating new forms of vulnerability, marginality, and discrimination.

The Department of Culture and Society of the University of Palermo, FEPS, and Fondazione Socialismo are engaged in research projects on the subject to investigate the impact of the pandemic on society – particularly on inequalities.
FEPS renews its support to ULB students’ magazine Eyes on Europe

To bring the foundation closer to a new generation of students and young people, FEPS is proud to renew its collaboration with the student non-profit association Eyes on Europe of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies) and its mission to offer students a new vision of European news. Read more
#120 FEPS Talks Podcast
The politics of care

🎙️To explore the different care inequalities that directly feed into gender imbalances across all spheres of life, Labour MP for Birmingham and Shadow Minister Jess Phillips is interviewed by Laeticia Thissen (FEPS Policy Analyst for Gender Equality).

Building on the realities made evident by the EU Care Atlas by FEPS and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the complex relationship between motherhood and equality, this podcast focuses on how care deficits permeate into various other gender gaps, including politics. It explores how female politicians have a central role in changing conventional ways of doing politics and in shifting the priorities towards a care-oriented society.

🎧 Listen to this podcast on Spotify | Apple Podcast | Website

ℹ️ Find out more about FEPS work on care: #Care4Care
by László Andor

It is now proverbial that the coronavirus recession was better managed from the point of view of macroeconomics than the previous major crisis in Europe: that of the eurozone. Austerity has been by and large avoided, and social cohesion has been better preserved through solidarity at all levels. Where the distinction has to be particularly highlighted is the field of employment. Read more
by Stephen Eric Bronner

Western economic sanctions on Russia have worked as a substitute for war. But they also might provoke a xenophobic backlash.

Given the destruction that has taken place, and what is at stake in the war, we need to shift our focus, speculate about the different ways in which this war can end, and the strategies appropriate to the diverse outcomes.
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📚 For the spring edition of its Library, the Progressive Post has selected two books that offer a deep reflection of some ideas that underpin the social and economic problems we are currently facing:

Material Girls – Why Reality Matters for Feminism, by Kathleen Stock. Review by Eszter Kováts: The UK analytical philosopher Stock’s book stirred up quite a controversy at its publication as it opposes certain orthodoxies that are prevalent in gender activism. Kováts, however, argues that the book, far from any phobia, is an empathetic and analytical read of a politically hot topic.

How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate, by Isabella Weber. Review by Gábor Scheiring: It analyses how China did not implement the shock therapy prescribed by the neoliberal economic policy mainstream. A sure takeaway from the book is how Russia’s current ills are partly explainable by the de-industrialisation in the wake of that same shock therapy.

Find more reviews in the Progressive Post Library!

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