Exc Inequality | Konferenzen und Tagungen

Progressive Governance Summit 2022

12. - 13. October 2022

Berlin and online (Livestream)

Das Progressive Zentrum, Berlin

Sharon Baute, Dirk Leuffen

Progressive Governance Summit 2022

The Progressive Governance Summit (PGS) is a congress taking place each year in Berlin, organized by the nonpartisan Think Tank "Das Progressive Zentrum." The PGS is bringing together today’s decision-makers, from politicians, political advisers and strategists, leaders from civil society and social movements, to progressive thinkers.

PGS 2022 is being supported by the Konstanz research center "The Politics of Inequality" as co-host. Our researchers Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sharon Baute, Prof. Dr. Dirk Leuffen and Max Heermann present their research and lines of thinking in a round of expert including political decision-makers from EU countries.

The organizers:
"Hard times call for good friends with a plan. This year, #PGS22 is gathering leading political actors in Berlin to debate and strategise which (and how) progressive alliances can deliver on the promise of progress. Together, we will work on how campaigns, narratives, and policies can build the capacity for progressives to govern at the local to the international level. Our mission of bringing progressives together to discuss how to overcome the main challenges of the day through progress is more important than ever. We hope to see you in Berlin or have you follow along online on October 13th – register here."

Building European Solidarity on Social Policies

This session is at the center of the research center "The Politics of Inequality"'s involvement with PGS 2022. The session will be livestreamed - more information to follow.

Solidarity is often praised as the glue that can keep Europe together. As the middle and working class experience rising living costs, precarious employment and an increase in poverty, there is a mandate for European policymakers to deliver social policies that live up to its promises of solidarity. From policies that amplify worker’s voices to guaranteeing fair wages and reliable work, delivering on Europe’s social pillar is a key objective for progressives. This session will examine how an ambitious social deal can help increase acceptance for acts of European solidarity beyond crises - as well as discuss which actors and alliances can bring about more social-justice based solidarity in Europe.

Key Questions

  • How could a new social deal increase European solidarity?
  • How can acts of solidarity be more accepted outside times of crisis?
  • How can European institutions deliver on the promise of solidarity in an era of disruption to traditional methods of work?
  • Are social policies alone able to strengthen European solidarity?
  • What role can social policies play in building European solidarity?
  • Which social policies can European institutions deliver to empower workers that can also raise European solidarity?


  • Sharon Baute (Impulse Speaker; University of Konstanz)
  • Elisabetta Gualmini (MP in the EU parliament for Italy, PD)
  • Senna Maatoug (MP 2nd chamber of Staten-Generaal [House of Representatives] of the Netherlands, Groen Links)
  • Philippe Pochet (General Director, European Trade Union Institute for Research)
  • László Andor (EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 2010-2014; General Secretary, Foundation for European Progressive Studies FEPS)