FEPS Weekly Newsletter 3 June 2022

03/06/2022
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📅 Just transition, Day of Progressive Economic Policy, Africa Day, voting during pandemics, and more!
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Upcoming Events
Events
The path to a healthy planet for the prosperity of all
3 June, Stockholm (Sweden)

At this event, speakers discussed the steps to take during Stockholm+50 to ensure that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic supports a Just Transition for workers and communities.

How do we seize this opportunity to leap gender equality? And what should the Global North be doing to support Just Transitions in the Global South?

This event was organised by FEPS, SOLIDAR, Olof Palme International Center, International Trade Union Confederation, the ITUC Just Transition Centre, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
30-31 May, Berlin (Germany)

Two-day hybrid congress organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in partnership with FEPS, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), and the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK).

We are embarking on the frequently invoked ‘decade of modernisation’, which will be accompanied by massive investment and expenditure needs. However, in the wake of the pandemic, public debt in Germany and Europe has grown to record levels. The question of war and peace in Europe has also returned in full force. The economic and social consequences will be immense. The European and global economy is facing new uncertainties.
28 May, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

After two years of pandemic, the Africa Day, the largest event on Africa and international cooperation in the Netherlands, came back!

This year, the event – hosted by Foundation Max van der Stoel and FEPS focused on
the importance of African voices in civic discussions and policy at the national and international levels.

How can we achieve the essential renewal of this relationship on equal footing? How did the pandemic impact this relationship? These are the questions we aimed to answer!
26 – 28 May, Siena (Italy)

The conference featured a range of speakers including Romano Prodi, Angela Merkel, Enrico Giovannini, Jelena Dzankic, Luca Jahier, Sandro Gozi, Paul Nemitz, Marta Dassù, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Jos Delbeke and correspondents from The Economist, The Guardian and the Financial Times.

This Vision conference was organised by the University of Siena, with the participation of FEPS, the European Liberal Forum and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. It scaled up the previous events and consolidated a project designed to create a permanent hub of ideas to reform the EU and to support the design and implementation of EU policies.

On May 23, FEPS organised a timely expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction of Ukraine with the participation of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission for a Stronger Europe in the World, Josep Borrell.

Top experts, policymakers and activists provided inputs to FEPS work and progressive policy-making in EU institutions for a new Eastern policy, EU-Russia relations, the role of the EU in the reconstruction of Ukraine and the changing European security landscape.
POLICY BRIEF
Voting during pandemics: making democracy resilient in turbulent times

by Ania Skrzypek et al.

Although many volumes have already discussed several Covid-related socio-economic phenomena, relatively less attention has been paid to a substantive research question: what has Covid meant for political processes?

The research project is a 100 page-long collection of policy briefs analysing Covid impact on electoral laws and pre-campaign strategies; electoral campaigns in the pandemic, as well as post-electoral processes and governments’ formations experiences.

“Voting during pandemics – making democracy resilient in turbulent times” is a project by FEPS in partnership with the Institute for Social Integration (ISI), Centrum Im. Ignacego Daszyńskiego, the Masarykova demokratická akademie, the Foundation for a Democratic Left and Drustvo Progresiva. Read More
A pervasive sense of disenfranchisement haunts rural areas all over the European Union: many people in remote places feel they are not being heard, their voices are not considered, and their specific issues never make it into the political agenda. And oftentimes, as voters, they are tempted by radical populists who promise to make their grievances heard.

Even though the pandemic seems to have increased the attraction of the countryside for disabused city people in search of a more ‘down-to-earth’ lifestyle, politically, the specific problems of these areas remain acute – among them, the rarefication of state services, be it for health, education, transport, or many others. Women who need to travel more than 120 kilometres to give birth in a maternity ward that meets today’s standards are just one stark example. Read More
Even before the Covid pandemic has subsided, Europe is now facing another major shock in the form of the Ukraine war. It is threatening economic growth and jobs, and the accompanying soaring inflation is hitting low-income households especially hard. In all this, it is unclear how long the war will last and how drastic the restrictions on energy supply will be. Read More
The war in Ukraine can become the one where the two great global digitisation trends and social platforms measure their strength: techno-authoritarianism vs Silicon Valley. With an unprecedented number of online actors taking part in the confrontation, the strategy of sowing a (dis)information chaos in the war in Ukraine is better equipped than ever. Read More
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