Director for Research and Training

Ania SKRZYPEK, (Skrzypek-Claassens), PhD, is Director for Research and Training at the Foundations for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). She obtained her Ph.D. cum laude in political sciences from the University of Warsaw, her thesis “Cooperation of the socialist and social democratic parties in uniting Europe. From Liaison Bureau to PES. 1957 – 2007.” (also published in book format in 2010).

Before joining FEPS in 2009, A. Skrzypek worked as a PhD researcher and taught at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences at the University of Warsaw (2003 – 2009). In parallel, she served as twice consecutively elected Secretary General of Young European Socialists (ECOSY, 2005-2009).  She was a a co-founder of the united youth organization FMS (in 2001) and was a co-host of the TV studio of SLD-Unia Pracy 2004 European election campaign.

She is an author of over 100 published pamphlets, papers and articles, available in English, German, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, and Polish. She is an academic reviewer for “Przeglad Europejski” of Warsaw University and regularly appears on the radio (TOK FM) as the expert on EU affairs. She is also a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on international affairs for Nowa Lewica in Poland, which committee is chaired by Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland.

Within FEPS, her prior responsibilities include the Next Left Research Programme (together with the Oxford Symposia); the subthemes connected with Political Union (transnational politics) and democracy; alongside with the FEPS Training Pillar (newly founded OPU, and the well-established FEPS Young Academics Network, Ones to Watch, Autumn Academy). She leads FEPS European Progressive Observatory; and is a co-editor of the Progressive Yearbook and FEPS Primer Series. She represents FEPS at the PES Coordination Team and is in charge of the quarterly meetings between FEPS and S&D Group colleagues. As a Director, she also supports the work of the respective FEPS colleagues: on defending and deepening democracy; in the international field (regarding Ukraine, Russia, Middle East, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand), on migration: on enlargement, neighbourhood policies and Western Balkans; and also in the dimension of gender equality portfolio that concerns questions of political participation.

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Towards a social democratic century? 

How European and global social democracy can steer a course through the crises

Enduring values

How progressives across Europe can win

Transforming the Political Union

Reinforcing europarties ahead of the European elections

Voting during pandemics

Making democracy resilient in turbulent times
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The Ones to Watch

The participants of the FEPS ‘Ones to Watch’ initiative travelled to Bratislava, whereupon the invitation […]
Vienna, Austria. Closed-door

Next Left Focus Group

The first meeting of the Next Left Focus Group (2022-2023 cycle) will be hosted by […]
Czwartek, 22 Wrzesnia, Wroclaw, Poland

A year ahead of the general elections: European lessons for Polish social democracy

FEPS, in cooperation with the Ignacy Daszynski Center, organizinged a discussion on the strategy of […]
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Next Left and Amsterdam Process: think tanks, academia and political world

On behalf of FEPS, Policy Network and Wiardi Beckman Stichting cordially invite to an event […]


Three former Prime ministers Massimo D’Alema (President of the FEPS), Alfred Gusenbauer (Chair of the […]
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How the French social democrats could stage a comeback

by Euractiv 25/07/2022

How many inequalities can the world fight at the same time?

by Social Europe 07/07/2022
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#124 FEPS Talks: Reasons for hope: the plans and prospects for the Australian Labor Party

#CallToEurope – 2021 Highlights 

#114 FEPS Talks: For strong, inclusive and imaginative social democracy

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