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FEPS Talks

Series of podcasts related with the research and policy activity of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

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#81 FEPS Talks: The Portuguese Presidency Secret – how the history of Europe is just about to change

Ana Paula Zacarias, State Secretary for Europe in Portugal, and Dr. Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and TrainingJust a few moments ahead of the Social Summit in Porto and long-awaited launch of the Conference of the Future of Europe, Ana Paula Zacarias, State Secretary for Europe in Portugal shares in a conversation with Dr. Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training the insights of the Presidency’s strategy on how to get things done. Being humble, respecting and listening to others, while remaining constructive and setting the bar of ambition high - is how to make this super-weekend not about a quick fix, but about a promise of a better future for all.

21mins

6 May 2021

Rank #1

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#80 FEPS Talks: The Road to Porto: Strong Social Season in Europe

Czech Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Jana Maláčová, and FEPS Secretary General László AndorCzech Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Jana Maláčová, and FEPS Secretary General László Andor exchange views about their expectations concerning the forthcoming Social Summit in Porto. They look back and assess the effectiveness of the social policy measures implemented by the Czech government during the COVID 19 pandemic: the so-called “antivirus programme”, financed in part by the EU, and the various subsidies to families, triggered by the closure of schools and kindergartens during the lockdowns. While keeping unemployment at a very low level, the Czech government also ensured that application for various benefits, including the unemployment benefit became easier during the pandemic, thanks to a digitalisation campaign. The minister makes the case for EU minimum wage coordination, and attributes great importance to re skilling to facilitate long-term economic convergence.

25mins

29 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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#79 FEPS Talks: Investment policy and the role of the EIB

Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones, IPD Columbia University, and Dr David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies and PolicyProfessor Stephany Griffith-Jones, IPD Columbia University, and Dr David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies and Policy, exchange on the need of investment to deliver on structural transformation and the recovery. Professor Griffith-Jones reflects on the role of the European Investment Bank as well as on that of national development banks. A specific call is made to complete the transformation of the EIB into a really climate friendly bank able to accelerate the development of sustainable finance. In these crucial times, the role of public sector investment is not only relevant for long-term investment; Europe needs a revision of its countercyclical policies able to stabilise the economy.

27mins

21 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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#78 FEPS Talks: The coup in Myanmar and the (global) fight for democracy

Ambassador Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and former US Ambassador to Myanmar and Vassilis Ntousas, Senior International Relations Policy Advisor at FEPSAmbassador Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and former US Ambassador to Myanmar, joins Vassilis Ntousas, Senior International Relations Policy Advisor at FEPS, for an episode exploring the recent coup in Myanmar, its geopolitical underpinnings and repercussions and the links between what is happening in the country and the democratic backsliding observed elsewhere in the region and the world.

28mins

15 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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#77 FEPS Talks: Democracy can’t wait – the EU is facing the historical test now!

Katerina Barley, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and TrainingKaterina Barley, Vice-President of the EP and a prominent progressive fighter for democracy, rule of law and equal rights is the special guest of this #FEPSTalks, discussing with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training what can be expected in the months to come following: introduction of conditionality mechanism and the Commission Annual Report on Human Rights, the EP actions in solidarity with women protesting in Poland and LGBTQI community, as also in the aftermath of political changes with Fidesz leaving EPP. Don’t miss the episode and hear her the expectations are regarding Slovenian Presidency and the upcoming German elections, as also find out how you can personally get involved in a strive for democracy.

29mins

8 Apr 2021

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#76 FEPS Talks: The Istanbul Convention saves lives!

Laeticia Thissen, FEPS Gender Equality Policy Advisor, and Aslihan Tekin, EU Representative of the EWL Coordination for Turkey and Women’s Coalition TurkeyThis podcast focuses on a decision affecting thousands of women’s lives. More precisely, the Turkish government announced its withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence, commonly known as the “Istanbul Convention”. In this context, Aslihan Tekin (EU Representative of the European Women’s Lobby Coordination for Turkey and Women’s Coalition Turkey) exchanges with Laeticia Thissen (FEPS Gender Equality Policy Advisor) to provide a better grasp and insider perspective of the cause and consequences of this dramatic decision highlighting how, more than ever, the private is political!

33mins

2 Apr 2021

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#75 FEPS Talks: Leadership matters! – New Zealand’s Labor Party and its experience in the government

Professor Grant Duncan of Massey University in Auckland and Dr. Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and TrainingJacinda Ardern has become a symbol of progressive renewal; a Prime Minister able to unite the country in toughest times; and a leader, whom people admire and feel understood by. But what was the Party that she leads path to power? What made it note a landslide victory last year? What challenges does it face today? Find out – tuning in to a unique conversation between Professor Grant Duncan of Massey University in Auckland and Dr. Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training

32mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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#74 FEPS Talks: Recovery plans: Spanish and EU perspectives

Nadia Calviño, Vice President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Economy and Digitalisation, and László Andor, FEPS Secretary GeneralNadia Calviño, Vice President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Economy and Digitalisation, and László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, analyse in this podcast episode the Spanish recovery plan in a European context. The Spanish economy is one of the hardest hit in Europe by the #COVID-19 crisis, mainly due to its dependence on sectors like tourism and hospitality. From the first days of the crisis one year ago, the Spanish government embarked on a strategy to mitigate the economic consequences and to establish a social safety net to avoid a rise of unemployment and poverty comparable to the previous one. Calviño and Andor agree that this time Europe has provided a timely and robust response, with better coordination through the whole EU, which makes this crisis different to the last one. Looking to the future, the Vice-President explains the need to adapt the Spanish economy to four progressive pillars: digital transformation, green transition, social and territorial cohesion and gender equality. She also opines that the EU’s SURE instrument is just a start, to be followed by genuine re-insurance of unemployment benefit schemes.

19mins

19 Mar 2021

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#73 FEPS Talks: Women’s rights are human rights!

Asa Regner, Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and Laeticia Thissen, FEPS Gender Equality Policy AdvisorIt’s been more than 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration, the most visionary and progressive blueprint for women’s rights. And yet the fight for gender justice is far from over! Just a few days after the 8th of March IWD mobilisations and ahead of the 65th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), this podcast features Asa Regner (Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director of UN Women) who engages with Laeticia Thissen (FEPS Gender Equality Policy Advisor) on the key gender equality achievements and remaining challenges from a global perspective.

27mins

10 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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#72 FEPS Talks: Building on 3 decades – what are the prospects for the Future of the Political Union?

Enrique Barón Crespo, President of FEPS Scientific Council, and Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and TrainingTune in for an amazing intellectual journey with Enrique Baron Crespo, President of the FEPS Scientific Council and Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training! We are travelling back in time look at the legacy of 5 Treaties, an EU Charter, 2 Conventions and countless negotiations – and see, what defining elements are already are on the debating table ahead of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

37mins

4 Mar 2021

Rank #10