Resilient Democracies in Europe

Progressive Alliance, FEPS, FES
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Democracies around the world are under pressure. The economic and socio-political performance of democracy has been challenged by right-wing populist movements and the mismanagement of several global crises. The future of social democracy depends in large part on how we can build together resilient, resistant and effective democracies, capable of facing the challenges of the future with our values?

Progressive Alliance, in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES), addressed this question by organising a series of debates at regional level (Africa, Asia, Latin America) and now Europe with progressive personalities from various backgrounds, before presenting their results in November 2021 at the Global Progressive Forum conference.

Therefore we like to invite you to participate in the next Zoom-Conference “Resilient Democracies in Europe“, taking part next Tuesday, 6 July 2021. Kindly reply to if you wish to participate.

Opening Remarks

Katarina Barley, Vice-president of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (tbc)

Scene-setter:  László Andor, Secretary General of FEPS, former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014).


Vassilis Ntousas, Senior International Relations Policy Advisor at FEPS

Panel Discussion

Key Questions:

  • What are the concrete pathways for democracy to become more resilient in your region so as to contribute to its long-term stability?
  • What is the impact of external and extra-regional actors on the pursuit of this objective?
  • How and which international actions, actors and alliances can support strengthening a model of resilient democracy in your region?

Wolfgang Merkel, Visiting Researcher of the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB):

Kati Piri, Dutch Labour Party, Member of the House of Representatives, former Member of the European Parliament within the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (tbc)

Evin Incir, Member of the European Parliament within the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (tbc)

Moderator: Katharina Hofmann de Moura, Referee Democracy Program International Department at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin

Q&A / Remarks from the Audience

Remarks from the Young Academic Network of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

Closing and Ways Forward: Conny Reuter, Global Coordinator, Progressive Alliance