Globalisation can be socially compatible, sustainable and can promote innovation. In our view, a more interconnected and intertwined global community is an opportunity for prosperity and knowledge to be more fairly distributed without losing sight of the existing challenges.
The liberal democracies of European and North American character were always a guiding force for the freedom of societies united by shared values. We believe that transnational political networking, intellectual and cultural exchanges and fair trade relations will continue to be pillars of global progress.
Together with our international network of partners, particularly in Europe and North America, we are working on ways to strengthen and further develop these principles of international relations. The exchange of experiences and the joint development of new political ideas and impulses are the main focuses of our international activities.
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In 2020, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Willy Brandt’s historical gesture in Warsaw. The so-called “Warsaw genuflection” was a symbol of reconciliation and dialogue between the East and the West. Today, we should see it as an inspiration for a new generation of Ostpolitik, especially taking a note on what is happening inside of the EU and just at its borders as well as the brand new reality in transatlantic relations.
Individual countries will not be able to successfully address society’s current challenges. Only a solidarity-based and networked Europe can rise to the occasion. For this, we need new spaces and methods of collaboration to strengthen the European public sphere. Join us on 10 December, 2:00 – 5:00 pm CET as participants from around Europe come together to debate and discuss the Europe of tomorrow.
2020 US Elections: Unpacking the Week Analysis and commentary on the 2020 US Election curated by our in-house Californian Diego Rivas.
November 3rd was a historic election day in the United States, which melted into a week of waiting and commentary. What political victories did the Democrats score and what is the future for them as a party? Diego Rivas unpacks the election week with a review of the stories that defined this historic vote.
Although the Democrats did win the presidency, the majority in the Senate will be determined only next January. At stake is the ability to pass laws and enact the political reform that Joe Biden campaigned on. Four perpetual political themes will determine if the Democrats are successful in January and beyond.
Joe Biden is now the President-elect. Although they won the Presidency and the House, the majority in the Senate will be decided by two run-offs in Georgia this upcoming January. Diego Rivas analyses the US Elections and opportunities for progressive change.
A Dash to the Finish Line in a Mad World: One Week before the US Election After experiencing an undesirable future, Democrats are determined to win and build back a future of their own
One week before the election in the United States, nothing is being taken for granted. A meaningful and enduring victory will require wins in the House and Senate. Only such a sweeping victory can provide the foundation to build back better. Underlying this endeavor is a festering debate on the vision of the country. Progressive visions for a post-crisis world must be bold and clear enough to act as a unifying force, once Trumpism is electorally defeated.
The last five years have seen many political systems succumb to far-right parties and tendencies. Aggravating this threat are the current public health and climate crises. Bold responses are urgently needed. But first progressives need to win at the ballot box in order to implement their visions. Larry Cohen and Bettina Martin discuss.
The last five years have seen many political systems succumb to far-right parties and tendencies. Aggravating this threat are the current public health and climate crises. Progressive majorities are needed now, to remove the current authoritarians from power and to critically address systemic shortcomings. Join us to discuss how to win electoral majorities!
Starting on 1 October, twenty bright minds from Germany and the United States will begin a transatlantic dialogue on how cities can address global challenges, while also democratizing urban spaces.
Revisit the highlights of the Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2020, including remarks by Madeleine Albright, Lodewijk Asscher, Annalena Baerbock, Nadia Calviño, Anneliese Dodds, Anke Hassel, Matthew Goodwin, Joschka Fischer, Heiko Maas, Mariana Mazzucato, Dani Rodrik, Olaf Scholz, Matthew Taylor, Adam Tooze, Catherine E. de Vries.
Call for Young Transatlantic Fellows with an Emphasis on Urban Public Policy New Urban Progress (NUP) is looking for ten citizens from Germany and ten from the United States to be part of a transatlantic dialogue on the future of cities and metropolitan areas.
New Urban Progress is revitalizing transatlantic relations by cultivating dialogue with community organizers, researchers, politicians, journalists, and start-up founders on how urban areas can be innovative, networked, and fair.
Presidential elections were planned for May 10th in Poland. The ruling PiS-party was determined to hold the election despite the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but was forced to cancel it last minute as political pressure became too high. The current state of democracy and rule of law in the country has already been criticised for some time. In this interview, Maria Skóra, Head of the Programme International Dialogue at Das Progressive Zentrum, explains how the government is using the current health crisis to its advantage – and how this undermines democracy.
Watch the New Urban Progress United States kickoff of the three-year, comparative study of metro innovation. The launch will feature conversations with prominent urban leaders and mayors (in formation), including Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA; Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA; Mayor Lovely Ann Warren, Rochester, NY; Former Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, MO.
How important were the Super Tuesday results actually? Chair of Democrats Abroad Berlin Diego Rivas on Super Tuesday and the Democratic Party primaries
After Super Tuesday, the Democratic Presidential Primary has narrowed down to two frontrunners. Das Progressive Zentrum team member and Chair of Democrats Abroad Berlin Diego Rivas explains the nitty-gritty of the Democratic primary, whether it is more representative than the German electoral system – and why the Super Tuesday’s results may not determine the winner.
New Urban Progress initiates a conversation with German and U.S.-American experts, activists, and local authorities on urban challenges and diverse innovative solutions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Das Progressive Zentrum was delighted to host a Transatlantic Lunch with Max Bergmann from the Washington D.C. based Center for American Progress and Annegret Bendiek of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). The participants discussed the current situation and the future of transatlantic relations in and after the Trump era.
On May 29, the second workshop on dimensions, challenges and opportunities of a just transition took place in Brussels. The goal was to foster international exchange and knowledge sharing on the way to a more just and sustainable energy transition. Perspectives from eight countries worldwide contributed to an exciting debate on the role of foreign policy in that process.
On March 29, experts and practitioners from eight countries met at the Federal Foreign Office to discuss the concept of Just Transition and exchange good practices on the way to its successful implementation. The event kick-started the ‘Foreign Policy and the Just Energy Transition’ project, aiming to provide new impulses for the global energy transition as a whole, particularly in the context of Germany’s membership in the United Nations Security Council and its upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU.
Join us for the Leaders Debate and Celebrating Spring Party of the Progressive Governance Symposium 2019. The event takes place on 25 April 2019, starting at 5.30 pm.
Foreign Policy and the Just Energy Transition Dimensions. Challenges. Opportunities.
A transition to a more sustainable system of energy supply is happening globally. A Just Transition – the one that embraces social, environmental and economic aspects – is crucial if the energy transition is to be a success.