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    There is little evidence that the proposed reform of Italy’s labour market will actually generate growth or employment

There is little evidence that the proposed reform of Italy’s labour market will actually generate growth or employment

The Italian government has outlined a number of policies aimed at reforming Italy’s labour market, with the proposals receiving final approval in the Italian Senate on 3 December. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini assess whether the reforms, which have proved controversial, will actually have the desired effect in generating economic growth and employment. They write that while increasing […]

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    The opposition of trade unions to Renzi’s ‘Jobs Act’ shows they remain a conservative force in Italian politics

The opposition of trade unions to Renzi’s ‘Jobs Act’ shows they remain a conservative force in Italian politics

On 3 December, the Italian Senate gave final approval to a package of economic reforms supported by Matteo Renzi’s government, generally referred to as the ‘Jobs Act’. The reforms have divided opinion in Italy, with trade unions voicing opposition and backing a number of demonstrations by workers against the changes. Alessandro Giovannini and Ilaria Maselli write that while there […]

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    Poland’s disputed local election results have raised questions about the reliability of the Polish electoral process

Poland’s disputed local election results have raised questions about the reliability of the Polish electoral process

Poland held local elections between 16 and 30 November, with the results being seen as a key indicator of support ahead of the country’s 2015 parliamentary election. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that while at first glance the results of the elections showed the two main parties – Law and Justice, and Civic Platform – running neck and neck; a strong […]

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    Following a tense election campaign, Romania’s new President must work to heal the divisions within the country’s party system

Following a tense election campaign, Romania’s new President must work to heal the divisions within the country’s party system

On 16 November, Klaus Iohannis was elected as the next President of Romania, defeating the country’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, in what many observers saw as a surprise result. Clara Volintiru writes that Romanian politics is now at a crossroads, with deep divisions between parties and widespread mistrust of politicians likely to lead to a recalibration of the country’s […]

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    Victor Ponta’s surprise defeat in Romania’s presidential elections could add more volatility to the country’s turbulent party system

Victor Ponta’s surprise defeat in Romania’s presidential elections could add more volatility to the country’s turbulent party system

Romania held presidential elections on 2 and 16 November, with the country’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, being defeated in the second round by Klaus Iohannis. Daniel Brett and Ellie Knott write that while the result came as a surprise for many observers, it reflected wider dissatisfaction with Ponta’s Social Democratic Party among the electorate. They note that Romanian politics […]

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    Matteo Renzi must work with Italian trade unions rather than against them if he is serious about reforming Italy’s labour market

Matteo Renzi must work with Italian trade unions rather than against them if he is serious about reforming Italy’s labour market

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has made reforming the Italian labour market a priority for his government. Chiara Benassi and Niccolo Durazzi assess the argument that Italy’s trade unions are an obstacle to such reforms on the basis that they support only their core membership, rather than a broader agenda which includes ‘atypical’ workers such as agency staff. They […]

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