A new direction for the EU: comparing its deficits to concrete progressive proposals

Policy Brief

29/05/2018

The very creation of the European project was forced from ‘above’ to the people. The vast majority of Europeans remains indifferent and oblivious about the function of the Union. If we are to confront populist arguments advocating its disintegration, we need to engage emotionally the citizens of the continent to the unifying process which defines its fate. We need to create a new identity encapsulating the essence of what it means to be European. Its holders could thus hopefully become proud enough as to embark more actively on European affairs. In addition, to achieve this, people have to be convinced that European politics can address their socio-economic problems and improve their everyday life. I will be suggesting certain ideological, institutional and methodological paths for the EU to address its relevant political, functional, epistemological and philosophical deficits. Such deficits will be described as major obstacles which, if not addressed, will continue to undermine a ‘bottom up’ approach to European politics; an approach which seems inevitable if we aim to reconcile Europeans with Europeanisation.

Find all related publications
Publications
16/05/2024

EU regulation on transparency and targeting of political advertising

FEPS YAN Series
14/05/2024

Inequality and populism

FEPS YAN Series
18/04/2024

The transformation of the mainstream right and its impact on (social) democracy

08/04/2024

EU regulation on transparency and targeting of political advertising?

FEPS Yan Series
Find all related Progressive Post
Progressive Post
25/04/2024

25 April, a very special democratic revolution

A personal memoir
24/04/2024

Croatia’s super election year starts with a possible sharp turn to the right

04/04/2024

The Democratic Shield: safeguarding democracy in the age of AI

Find all related events
Events
Past
03 - 04/05/2024
La Hulpe, Belgium

Training of Trainers first session

19/01/2024
Vienna, Austria and Brussels, Belgium

European Political Academy

22/04/2024
Vienna, Austria

The transformation of the European mainstream right and its impact on (social) democracy 

Find all related news
News
18/03/2024

FEPS President on Euronews talk-show ‘Brussels, my love?’

NATO extension, Portuguese elections, far-right and gender equality were the topics of the debate
04/03/2024

FEPS at the PES Election Congress in Rome

24/01/2024

Spanish Minister Teresa Ribera awarded FEPS ‘Progressive Person of the Year’

30/03/2023

Joint priorities for the Defence of Democracy Package

Find all related in the media
In the media

Edição especial sobre as eleições europeias já nas bancas

by SÁBADO 21/05/2024
"Special Edition on the European Elections Now Available on Newsstands" Read the special edition by SÁBADO focusing on the European election in Portugal, with an interview by Maria João Rodrigues, FEPS President

Youth unemployment hurts communities, its time for a new deal, says Andor

by Euractiv 15/05/2024
Read FEPS Secretary General László Andor's interview on the consequences of youth unemployment for communities

AI won’t replace quality journalism, but sector needs safeguarding, says socialist think tank head

by Euractiv 18/03/2024
Interview with FEPS President on the role of media in Europe’s future

FEPS President on Euronews talk-show ‘Brussels, my love?’

by Euronews 16/03/2024
FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues discusses NATO expansions and elections in Russia and Portugal on Euronews talk-show ‘Brussels, my love?‘