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Europa: le difficoltà della transizione energetica

AFRICA Libia, le forze armate congiunte di Misurata, Khoms e Zlitan sono confluite nella Piazza dei Martiri di Tripoli per sostenere la legittimità di Abdul Hamid Dbeibah come capo del governo libico. Intanto, lo scisma politico del Paese si approfondisce. Scrive Al Jazeera: Pro-Dbeibah forces rally in Libya as political crisis deepens Si irrigidisce la […]

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Tax justice—a crucial tool to advance human rights (Magdalena Sepúlveda, Social Europe)

Much has been said about the ‘post-pandemic world’—the one that was to rise from the ashes, hopefully less materialistic and more sustainable, more supportive and even pro-feminist. But a new wave of infections and the emergence of variants seem to be pushing this era back once again and we are entering the third year of […]

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Germany’s new coalition: changing gear on climate (Isabel Schatzschneider, Social Europe)

It has barely been ten weeks since Germans woke up to the news of the narrow federal-election victory by the social-democratic SPD over the conservative CDU-CSU union. The SPD, led by the outgoing vice-chancellor, Olaf Scholz, promised change after 16 years of rule under the Christian democrat Angela Merkel. Germany’s new coalition: changing gear on climate – Isabel Schatzschneider […]

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The Summit for Democracy—a wrong idea (for the world) (Branko Milanovic, Social Europe)

More than 100 nations’ presidents, prime ministers and kings met virtually at the Summit for Democracy on December 9th and 10th. It was the first meeting in history on this scale where the application—or ostensible application—of the democratic principle in the governance of national affairs was used as a criterion to invite participants to an international meeting. The Summit for Democracy—a […]

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Transforming German society (Michael Davies-Venn, Social Europe)

The new government in Berlin is championing change which will reshape the global image of Germany and Germans, according to the coalition agreement. Decades after the Nazis declared the country a Volksgemeinschaft or ‘people’s community’ of the Herrenrasse, the social-democratic SPD, Germany’s oldest political party—for which there has never been a ‘master race’, only a human race—is once again in government […]

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Trade unions take on platform companies in the struggle for decent work (Ludovic Voet, Social Europe)

In the brave new world of the digital economy, workers in platform companies are still workers. They just don’t have the rights to which all workers in Europe should be entitled. Work may have moved to the digital space but people exist in the real world. Their need for decent working conditions and pay, security and safety […]

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Intellectual monopoly capitalism—challenge of our times (Cédric Durand and Cecilia Rikap, Social Europe)

Scientia potentia est—knowledge is power. The old adage has acquired a sinister connotation with the alarming dominance of Big Tech in the economy and society as a whole. Corporate Europe Observatory recently revealed that the sector is now by far the leading business lobbyist of European Union institutions. But this is only the tip of the Iceberg […]

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The new way of doing politics in times of elections (Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievska, Social Europe)

We can always learn more about the character, and the shortcomings, of modern representative democracies in times of elections. We can learn even more in between, when democratic accountability should actually be exercised. Taken together, we are able to learn what strategies political actors are pursuing to secure or stay in power and how they […]

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Utopians against capitalism (Colin Crouch, Social Europe)

If this is not a time ripe for writing about utopias, when would be? After the financial crash of 2008, the greatest growth in the democratic world of xenophobic extremism since Nazism and fascism, and the still current pandemic, many certainties of preceding decades have been blown away, leaving a vacuum utopian writing properly fills. […]

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The improbable victory: lessons of the SPD’s election win (Robert Misik, Social Europe)

Who would have dared predict this a few months or years ago: the SPD becoming the strongest party in the Bundestag elections? With just over 26 per cent of the votes, the social democrats were not only 1.6 points ahead of the Christian democrats. Compared with the polls of previous years, the outcome was a small democratic […]

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Britain heads further down the Brexit rabbit-hole (Paul Mason, Social Europe)

At my local petrol station a cadre of young men have suddenly appeared, in high-visibility jackets, to instruct car drivers in the fine art of the jammed-nose-to-tail refill. Each pump has three nozzles, for diesel and petrol—with some careful driving, and shouted instructions, two cars can use one at the same time. That doesn’t stop […]