A New Progressive Era

BERLIN — 3 July 2017

State of the Left

29th June 2017

Continue the conversation from #PGS17 at Policy Network’s new website, State of the Left, a dedicated one-stop shop to keep you up to date with the fate and fortune of progressive politics around the world.

With a truly global outlook, State of the Left’s coverage draws upon an established network of expert commentators from over 30 different countries, commissioned and curated from our London hub.

Together they chart the latest developments facing centre-left parties across Europe, the Americas, Australasia and beyond. As well as keeping tabs on electoral fortunes, they offer analysis on the policies and personalities that determine the political fate of the centre left.

Our aim is to promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. We are centre-left orientated but determinedly challenge social democracy. We are pro-European but restlessly question EU institutions and practices. And we are passionately Atlanticist and internationalist in our outlook but understand that all politics is local.

Unlike most media sources, which rely on traditional ‘foreign correspondents’, State of the Left is driven by people who are actively involved in the progressive debate in the country they are writing about. Their task here is to deliver despatches which combine a commitment to progressive values with robust, independent analysis. Our correspondents include leading policymakers, political advisers, pollsters, political scientists, trade unionists, business leaders and journalists.

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Das Progressive Zentrum will also be hosting an ongoing conversation with the project, Dialogue on Europe. Due to many disintegrative developments such as the Brexit referendum and the rise of right-wing populism and especially the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis with its long-time effects especially on the south of Europe, the future of the European Union is at stak. The challenges ahead of us are too profound and seminal to be addressed by high-ranking politicians attending closed-door summits alone. A long-term solution can only be achieved with the support of a strong and well-connected European civil society which, unfortunately, is all too seldom listened to.

With this in mind, Das Progressive Zentrum in co-operation with the German Federal Foreign Office, initiated the project, Dialogue on Europe – Rebuilding Trust and Redefining Europe in Tough Times. The project gives rise to a two-year transnational dialogue process at eye level with young, promising thinkers from Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Germany. This process brings together key actors from civil service, the media, politics, academia and the business and start-up sectors to help foster a climate of mutual understanding between the participating states and societies.

In order to initiate the Dialogue on Europe, our international team came across Europe and met more than 400 young dedicated movers and shakers of the national and local civil society during five #EuropeanTownHall meetings held in Athens, Lisbon, Rome, Marseilles and Madrid. The events enabled lively debates in workshops and public discussions with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, on the most pressing European challenges, shaping at the same time a strong network of European thinktank partners – ELIAMEP (Greece), Institute of Public Policy (Portugal), Instituto Affari Internazionali (Italy), Jacques Delors Institute (France), Fundación Alternativasand Politikon (Spain). On 28 June 2016, the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, officially launched the second, multilateral phase of the Dialogue on Europe project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, together with 100 young and upcoming opinion leaders and intellectuals from these five countries as well as from Germany. These selected representatives from European civil society are now developing genuinely European policy recommendations in four Dialogue on Europe Thinking Labs on populism, social cohesion, migration and integration, and sustainable growth.