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  • Europe • Refugee Crisis • Populism
    Tamás Boros - 27 January 2016

    The left needs to re-establish its capacity to set the political agenda away from questions of immigration and security

  • Labour • Social Europe • EU
    Patrick Diamond & Roger Liddle - 02 October 2015
    Labour must join in a much wider debate about how to tackle growing divergences within the EU
  • Populism • Europe • Politics
    Stijn van Kessel - 12 August 2015
    Populist parties across Europe are proving their durability, maintaining their popularity after spells in government or a change of leader
  • State of the Left - Finland
    Mikko Majander - 30 April 2015
    Finland's Social Democrats have suffered their third consecutive defeat and now face a renewed identity crisis
  • Immigration • Social cohesion • Welfare
    Paul Collier - 05 December 2014
    The erosion of social cohesion caused by immigration can create challenges for the successful delivery of a left-wing programme
  • Community • Social Trends • Politics
    David Goodhart - 17 July 2014
    The growing gap between the secular liberal graduate baby boomer worldview and the ordinary citizen is the new cultural/class divide in Britain.
  • Community • Politics • Identity
    Sheri Berman - 16 July 2014
    Successful social democracy in Europe has always relied on a strong dose of communitarianism.
  • Society • Populism • Inequality
    Ernst Hillebrand - 13 March 2014
    The growth of populism can be understood as a political "signal" to mainstream politics, not as a full-scale "shift to the right" in voter behaviour.
  • EU • UK • Sovereignty Plus
    Roger Liddle - 10 December 2013
    European cooperation offers Europe’s nation states the potential for ‘sovereignty plus’ – the ability to achieve more together.
  • Economy • Campaign • Living Standards
    James Morris - 13 November 2013
    Elections framed in terms of austerity vs anti-austerity favours the right. Election framed as austerity vs living standards favours the left.

The Policy Network Observatory promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. It is centre-left orientated but determinedly challenges social democracy. It is pro-European but restlessly questions EU institutions and practices.

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