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  • State of the Left - Finland
    Mikko Majander - 12 December 2014
    Ahead of next April’s elections, Finland’s left-right coalition government is struggling in the polls. But, unlike elsewhere in Europe, populists are not benefiting from its woes
  • State of the Left - France
    Joël Gombin - 11 December 2014
    The French Socialist Party is failing to mobilise its potential support in the unions and civil society
  • Europe • Brexit • EPP
    Denis MacShane - 13 November 2014
    We are witnessing the emergence of a new European Union lacking a centre of power.
  • State of the Left - Germany
    Michael Miebach - 07 November 2014
    Europe must face the truth: it seems unlikely that Germany will back a 'large pan-Eurozone fiscal stimulus'.
  • Localism • Renewal • Politics
    Jonathan Carr-West - 09 October 2014
    Post-Scottish referendum, we find ourselves in a unique moment to deliver a connected localist agenda.
  • Elections • Sweden • Social Democracy
    Patrick Diamond - 18 September 2014
    Centre-left parties elsewhere in Europe, particularly Britain, should heed the success of the Social Democrats in Sweden.
  • Creative Economy • Growth • Social Justice
    Matthew Taylor - 09 September 2014
    We need industrial policies that strengthen the UK’s creative sector. This must be paired with recognising the links between cultural flourishing and social and economic progress.
  • Germany • Economic Governance • State
    Jörg Asmussen - 21 August 2014
    Economic discourse has for too long focused on a series of bogus alternatives. The time has come to put them behind us.
  • Labour Market • Skills • Investment
    Edoardo Campanella - 14 August 2014
    Generational renewal and technological progress will in time shift pain away from Europe's young people.
  • Growth • Jobs • Competitiveness
    Will Marshall - 17 July 2014
    It’s economic growth and innovation that allow high living standards and generous welfare states to be a reality.

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