Global Governance

EU must support regional efforts to preserve Senegalese democracy

In the run-up to the Senegalese Presidential elections, a European delegation has been in Dakar and surrounding towns for seminars on comparative economic models and the linkage with democratic discourse. The delegation, composed of representatives from the Global Progressive Forum, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, was also afforded an opportunity to follow the election campaign at close quarters.

Delegation to Senegal - FEPS - 16-18 February – Dakar

In anticipation of the presidential elections in Senegal on 26 February 2012, a join European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Global progressive Forum (GPF) delegation – including researchers and elected officials – will go to Dakar to promote relations between the EU and Senegal and to support its democracy.


Market capitalism has just experienced an upheaval that is unprecedented. Yet, social democracy remains rather muted, weakened on the continent which saw it emerge, in the 19th century, as a reaction to the excesses of that very same capitalism.

Shaping attractive solutions for our citizens requires, in my view, a new approach. First, on the ideological front:  by revamping the theoretical critique of market capitalism.  Then, on the strategic front:  by changing the scope of our action.