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The Irish General Election of 2016

Theresa Reidy (June 2016): It took ten weeks for a government to be formed after the February general election in the Republic of Ireland. Eventually Fine Gael is leading the new minority government and is supported in office by nine non-party politicians. Everything about the new political set up in the Irish government is unusual - no political party emerged as the clear ‘winner’ of the elec­tion. The Labour party even lost tremendously 30 seats compared to 2011. The future of political decision making in Ireland is uncertain. If the government will be sustained for a full term, only time can tell.


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Social Europe - Breakthrough or Breakup?

Reiner Hoffmann (June 2016): The EU is facing the most severe crisis of credibility and legitimacy in its history. The crisis in the financial sector and the economy is far from over. The reason for this lies, inter alia, with the false prescription of austerity politics to foster economic recovery. Not least the federal German government has contributed to turning the economic crisis for broad swaths of Europe into a full-blown social crisis.


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A Unique Contribution

Nick Donovan (June 2016): The Panama Papers have put questions of wealth, tax and inequality right back at the top of the political agenda. In ‘A Unique Contribution’, Nick Donovan calls for a one-off levy on the passive worldwide wealth of Britain’s super-rich, which takes a more stringent approach with those who have used tax havens or domestic tax avoidance schemes. The report argues a one-off levy would be a much fairer way to pay down the deficit than the chancellor’s continued programme of public spending cuts, and would also address growing public concern about spiralling inequality.


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A Shared European Home - The European Union, Russia and the Eastern Partnership

The conflict in and around Ukraine has called into question the premises of the EU's Eastern Policy. In a new FES Perspective, eleven authors from the EU, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine advocate for a pragmatic policy of the EU vis-à-vis its eastern neighbours: The deep crisis in EU-Russia relations should not prevent Brussels from seeking cooperation in areas where mutual interests coincide. Opportunities exist in the economic sphere, in technical and scientific cooperation, in civil society exchange, and in global politics.


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Social Democratic Values in the Digital Society

Thymian Bussemer, Christian Krell, Henning Meyer (January 2016): The Digital Revolution is reshaping our societies and the pace of change is set to accelerate even further. The world of work in particular is increasingly transformed by new technologies and continuous innovation. This exemplifies a crucial point: the Digital Revolution is not primarily a technological but an economic and social issue. The crucial question then is: what should a Digital Society based on social democratic values look like? This paper, published jointly with Social Europe Journal, analyses the key conflicts and provides policy guidance for decision-makers.


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Outward to the World - How the left's foreign policy can face the future

FES London and Fabian Society (Edt., December 2015): With Russia flexing its muscles, Isis a rising threat and a refugee crisis caused by failed states and civil war, international affairs are at the top of the political agenda. But the left’s foreign policy debate has been defined more by the battles of the past than the challenges of the future. It is more important than ever that the left sets out a forward–looking vision of Britain’s role in the world. ‘Outward to the World’, published in co-operation with the Fabian Society, maps out a practical but progressive foreign policy from first principles, developing the building blocks of a practical idealism: a new account of globalisation, a reinvention of the European security order, a political vision for de-escalation in the Middle East, a different account of what multilateralism...


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British-German Dialogue on Security and Defence Policy

Sarah Lain (December 2015): On 30 November 2015, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a day-long workshop aimed at bringing together leading German and British security specialists as well as members of the UK Parliament and Bundestag to discuss key aspects of European security. The day’s events covered three sessions: European defence, as seen from Berlin and London; the migration crisis; and a review of European security relations with Russia. This report summarizes the policy recommendations that derived from the discussions during the day.


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ICE and Voice 10 years on - The Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations in the UK and Europe

Joe Dromey (November 2015): Both voice and consultation have been shown to be linked to numerous positive outcomes for employees as well as employers, according to the recently published report “ICE and Voice 10 years on” by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). The publication focuses on the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations, deriving from an EU-directive introduced in the UK in April 2005.


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Who's breadwinning in Europe? A comparative Analysis of Maternal Breadwinning in Great Britain and Germany

Giselle Cory and Alfie Stirling (October 2015): Traditional ideas of gender roles and the labour market participation of women have been changing in the last decades. Moreover, trends in earnings and living costs have necessitated dual-earning in couple households. In fact, 31.4 per cent of mothers in working families across Europe are breadwinners, earning more than 50 per cent of a family’s income, as this new report by FES London and IPPR shows. However, different attitudes in family and public policies result in varying characteristics, opportunities and challenges. Policies in both countries need to keep up with these changing family structures and ensure that all families are supported to balance work and care.


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Tax for our Times: How the Left can reinvent taxation

Daisy-Rose Srblin (Edt., July 2015): This collection of essays, published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Fabian Society, explores how the left can reimagine a tax system for modern times, more progressive, more transparent and more efficient, and helps to shape a fairer society and a more productive economy. In a globalised world, taxation is no longer an issue within national borders alone. This is why the collection draws on international comparisons throughout. Importantly, it considers how to bring the public into conversation. Tax reform should neither be locked away by politicians from public view, nor left to the expert few: it needs to be put back in the hands of many.


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