Diego Rivas


Diego ist Projektmanager im Programmbereich 'Internationaler Dialog'. In dieser Funktion koordiniert er vor allem den jährlichen Progressive Governance Summit und den transatlantischen Dialog New Urban Progress. Diego ist derzeit auch der Get-Out-the-Vote-Coordinator für Europa, den Nahen Osten und Afrika für Democrats Abroad. Davor war er Vorsitzender der Democrats Abroad Berlin und Delegierter von Bernie Sanders für die Democratic National Convention 2020. Diego kommt ursprünglich aus Kalifornien und hat einen Bachelor of Arts in Anthropologie und Politikwissenschaft von der University of California, Santa Cruz und einen Master of Art in interdisziplinären Lateinamerikastudien von der Freien Universität Berlin.



Veranstaltung Election Debrief: Where is Hungary heading? 8 April, 2022 | 09.00 - 10.00 AM (CEST)

On 3 April 2022, Hungary is set for an election. Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party eye another term in power with yet unforeseen consequences for the country’s rule of law and democratic institutions. A unique alliance of conservatives, social democrats, liberals, greens, and nationalists under the leadership of Péter Márki-Zay has campaigned to create momentum for political change. Will this exceptional big tent coalition campaign be a model for future elections? Did Márki-Zay manage to overcome smear campaigns targeting critical voices, moral panic around LGBTQ+ issues and media bias in favour of the ruling party? And on everyone’s mind: was the Russian invasion of Ukraine a game-changer, and if so – in whose favour?
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Together with our panelists, we will look at the election result in Hungary and the impact it may have on the EU as well as the European progressive family.

We will discuss these questions and more with:

Klára Dobrev is a Member of the European Parliament (S&D Group). She is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs as well as the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. In 2021, she took part in the Hungarian opposition primary and played a pivotal role in building the united opposition against Victor Orbán in the 2022 Hungarian elections.

Anikó Gregor is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. There, she teaches courses in the fields of quantitative and qualitative research methodology and the sociology of gender relations. One of her most recent publications was a report on the pre-election situation in Hungary, published in the Progressive Yearbook 2022 by FEPS.

Maria Skóra is policy fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin. Previously, she was in charge of the International Dialogue programme at Das Progressive Zentrum and worked for the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform as Programme Director of the European Growth Initiative. Prior to arriving in Germany, she lived in Warsaw, dividing her professional career between academia as a lecturer and the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

We will begin the event with opening remarks by László Andor, Secretary General of the Foundation For European Progressive Studies.

Time: 09.00 – 10.00 AM (CEST)

09.00 AM – Welcome: Dominic Schwickert, Director, Das Progressive Zentrum
09.02 AM – Opening remarks: László Andor, Secretary General, FEPS
09.05 AM – Political insight: Klára Dobrev, MEP, S&D Group
09.20 AM – Expert response: Anikó Gregor, Assistant Professor, ELTE
09.30 AM – Q&A with the audience: Moderated by Maria Skóra, Policy Fellow, Das Progressive Zentrum
09.50 AM – Closing remarks: Klára Dobrev and Anikó Gregor
10.00 AM – End of the event


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Discussion Paper Cities as Transatlantic Changemakers 2020 | New Urban Progress Steering Committee
6. Dezember 2020 | Diego Rivas

2020 started with the urgent challenges of mitigating climate change, soothing disaffection with democracy, and easing anxiety about jobs disappearing due to technological progress. Little did we know all these concerns would only become more pronounced with the emergence of the global pandemic of COVID19, affecting all, but not everybody equally.
Alongside every other nation in the world, both Germany and the United States have to deal with the challenges described. In a multilateral world, where cooperation is a key to success, these common difficulties can only be overcome by exchanging best practices and building enough political will and trust in order to tackle them together.
We believe that cities and metropolitan areas play an ever more important role in sustaining and further developing the close historical, cultural, economic and political ties between the United States and Germany.
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About the Paper
This working paper was written based on the results of two conferences held in 2020 in the United States and Germany, focusing on the most pressing issues ahead of cities today when it comes to inclusive growth, sustainability, democratic governance. We want to reflect upon the challenges that cities and metropolitan areas in both countries are facing today, look beyond their local level activity and identify these urban spaces as internationally relevant actors, capable of not only tackling global challenges at the local level but also strengthening the transatlantic alliance from the bottom up.
This working paper sets the scene for further activities within the New Urban Progress project, bringing together German and U.S. perspectives in a spirit of mutual understanding and the pursuit of a common goal: making German and U.S. cities transatlantic changemakers and trendsetters for a more prosperous future.
New Urban Progress is the joint metro initiative of Das Progressive Zentrum, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Progressive Policy Institute. The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).