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S&D Position Paper on Europe 2020 strategy - A review for success

The Europe 2020 objectives and targets were adopted in 2010 on the assumption that Europe could achieve a quick return to growth after the financial crisis that hit the EU in 2008, following the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States. In 2010 three main scenarios for Europe’s economic...

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Progressive European Social Policy: Returning the focus to the people

The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the position and engagement of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament towards a real Progressive European Social Policy, as the basis for a strong and sustainable Social Europe. The...


Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision

The European Union is undergoing a digital revolution that impacts on our daily, political, social, economic and cultural lives. As European Socialists and Democrats we welcome the opportunities this revolution offers for all European citizens and want to tackle head on any potential challenges...


Sustainable development agenda post-2015

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set up a framework for global efforts to improve people's lives worldwide by addressing extreme poverty in its many forms and promoting gender equality and environmental sustainability.

At the threshold of the 2015...


The rise of right wing extremism and populism in Europe

Europe's values are under threat. They are being challenged by the rise of ideologies of intolerance, racism, xenophobia, violence and by narratives that go against the very core principles on which the European Union is founded. Speeches of hatred that would have been inconceivable a few years...


Media literacy

Media literacy is the ability to use media in the "right" and "appropriate" way. It is a key qualification in modern society, the key skill of the high-tech sector and a basic qualification in almost all economic environments even in a crafts sector.

The term should not be reduced to...

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GPF: A Lost Generation - #Back to School

EU countries fail to adequately integrate child refugees into their school systems, according to a new comparative study presented today at by the Global Progressive Forum (GPF), ahead of next month’s European...

S&D Group launches EDUCA initiative – Increase funding for education to 4% internationally, S&D Gianni Pittella, Linda McAvan, Silvia Costa, #EDUCA, EDUCA, education in conflict-affected countries, EU's humanitarian aid spending on education rising from 2

EDUCA: An S&D initiative. A Passport for a Better Future

EDUCA: An S&D initiative. A Passport for a Better Future.

The world is facing an increasing number of conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Among those affected, children are the most vulnerable.

A whole generation of children – especially...