Director for Research and Training

Ania SKRZYPEK, (Skrzypek-Claassens), PhD, is Director for Research and Training at 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 organisation 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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Next Left Vol. 15

Progressive Ambition: How to shape Europe in the next decade

Progressive Yearbook 2024

Looking back to look ahead

Leading the way

Lessons for Labour from Europe

The social democratic parties in the Visegrád countries

Predicaments and prospects for progressivism
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The game of votes: is the new European Parliament legislative resolution on direct universal suffrage historic?


Can this be the time to reframe the concept of a state?


A great window of opportunity for a progressive agenda in Europe


Future of Europe: providing leadership for a new era to come

The challenges have multiplied, the citizens expectations have grown, and what the EU currently lacks most are the characteristics of a leader.

Progressive Pod on Spain Elections

In a podcast itw, Beatriz Corredor, from Pablo Iglesias Foundation offers further explanations regarding Spanish election’s outcomes and prospects for PSOE and Pedro Sanchez

Visegrád Plus: is there a chance to go beyond the Eastern discomfort?

o be clear, they would not always act together or conspire to arrive at Brussels summits with a consolidated agenda.
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Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian Social Democracy on the path to renewal

Rome, Italy

Understanding right-wing populism and what to do about it

PES Congress fringe event
Mundo Madou, Brussels

Women CSO leaders for systemic change

How to support feminist leadership in Europe
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In Memoriam: Ed Broadbent

The departure of the last Social Democratic Giant of a generation

Open Progressive University

FEPS launches first e-learning platform for Social Democrats

Next Left and Amsterdam Process: think tanks, academia and political world

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Durchhalten ist nicht unmöglich

by Frankfurter Hefte 06/12/2023
'Persevering is not impossible' Article by Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, on the future of social democracy in Europe

Sluta tro att SD-männen bara skojar om politiken

by AFTONBLADET 30/05/2023
'Stop thinking that the SD men are just joking about politics. When changes happen, they happen at lightning speed' Ania Skrzypek interviewed in this Swedish article about the Polish case

Polacy nieufni i “wyjątkowi” – “popandemiczne” badanie w UE

by TOK FM 22/05/2023
'Poles distrustful and "exceptional" - "post-pandemic" survey in the EU' TOK FM. Interview with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, about the results of FEPS' European survey in six EU countries and the 'uniqueness' of the responses of the Polish people.

Ania Skrzypek ‘Er waait een sociaaldemocratische wind door Europa’

by SAMPOL 09/12/2022
'A social democratic wind is blowing through Europe' Interview with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training

How the French social democrats could stage a comeback

by Euractiv 25/07/2022
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‘Next Left Lecture IV with Prof. Simon Hix’ Flickr album

The likely political and policy consequences of the EP 2024 elections

‘Understanding right-wing populism and what to do about it’ fringe event and PES Congress Flickr album

‘Living up to – not leaving aside’ Flickr album

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