Postdoc researcher at the the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Interests : Economy Climate
Countries : Hungary

Dr Dániel Muth has recently finished his PhD in Public Policy at Central
European University, Vienna. He is a junior fellow at the Institute
of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies,
Budapest. In April 2024 he is joining the Institute for Environmental
Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as postdoc researcher.
His research primarily focuses on the political economy of global
carbon-pricing mechanisms.

Toward a progressive geopolitical EU

Principles and recommendations

In the face of a rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape, marked by global tensions and environmental challenges, this report outlines the evolution of the EU towards a geopolitical union. With the 2024 European elections approaching, the report proposes principles, which, taken together, provide for a dynamic, applicable framework that serves as a basis for practical engagement and policy formulation in fostering a progressive EU geopolitics.

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Political Mentor: Andreas Schieder, S&D MEP and Co Chair of Global Progressive Forum
Academic Mentor: Dimitris Tsarouhas. Professor of International Affairs. Global Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars


Senior Research Fellow at University of Warwick, UK. 

Interests : Policy EU external relations
Countries : United Kingdom

Postdoc researcher at the the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Interests : Economy Climate
Countries : Hungary

Elected delegate to the Party of European Socialists and Vice-President of Rainbow Rose

Interests : Gender Equality Social Europe Conflict

Assistant Professor of Global Energy and Climate Politics in the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Interests : Climate Climate Change Foreign Affairs
Countries : Belgium Netherlands

Toward a progressive geopolitical EU


PhD candidate University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava

Interests : Social Europe
Countries : Hungary Slovakia

Lukáš Siegel holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava and political science from Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. His primary focus is on different ethical theories, the concept of human rights, issues of discrimination, stigma, and prejudices. He recently earned PhD in philosophy focusing on discrimination against people with disabilities with a special interest in different models of disability.

The European Basic Income

European Basic Income

Across the political spectrum, there is widespread agreement that the European Union (EU) needs a palpable social dimension. In this FEPS YAN policy study, the authors provide a research-driven policy proposal on how this social dimension can be achieved in the light of the diversity of national welfare systems in the EU.

They argue that a Universal Basic Income (UBI) could be a conceptually appealing policy to be implemented at EU level, complementing national welfare states. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the policy is receiving unprecedented and ever-increasing attention, and enjoys widespread public popularity, but is viewed with scepticism by major political parties.

This paper is a unified source of information for progressive policymakers, advocates, consultants, and researchers who are interested in (a) how a European UBI could be concretely designed and (b) the reasoning and justifications behind its concrete design decisions. In order to formulate a policy proposal that could potentially foster cross- partisan compromises and move public policy preferences and political reality closer together, the authors conducted a comprehensive review of historical and contemporary UBI debates, gathered the key arguments presented in academic, popular, political, and organisational sources, and reflected on them from logical, normative, and empirical perspectives.

Based on the most plausible arguments for and against a UBI, they designed a concrete policy proposal for a UBI at the EU level that responds to broadly progressive ideals from different partisan backgrounds. The result is an ambitious yet feasible proposal that bridges political divides and, if implemented, would be the most substantial leap for Social Europe yet.

Read the paper:
The European Basic Income

Political Mentor: S&D MEP Agnes Jongerius
Academic Mentor: Lorena Lombardozzi, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Open University.


The European Basic Income – Delivering on Social Europe


Global Challenges and their impact in the Middle East