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    The results of Italy’s 2012 labour-market reforms – no solution to unemployment

The results of Italy’s 2012 labour-market reforms – no solution to unemployment

Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute criticise recent labour market reforms in Italy which aim to tackle unemployment by cutting protection for workers on permanent contracts. There is no evidence that this works, and Italy would be better off addressing structural problems in the Italian economy

In June 2012 Italy introduced a package of labour-market […]

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    Why should ‘the German pensioner’ care about bailing out Greece?’

Why should ‘the German pensioner’ care about bailing out Greece?’

Yiannis Korkovelos argues that there are advantages for creditor countries in keeping Greece in the eurozone; while Greece, in turn, should bring forward courageous reforms with Mr Tsipras having the opportunity to be remembered as a moderniser After more than 17 hours of negotiations, white smoke has come out of the EU Summit. The marathon summit has resulted in a […]

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The leader of the leftist Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, listens to a question during a televised press conference on January 23, 2015 at the Zappion Hall in Athens. Greeks vote on January 25 in a general election for the second time in three years, with radical leftists Syriza leading the polls with a promise to renegotiate the international bailout that has imposed five years of austerity on the country.   AFP PHOTO/LOUISA GOULIAMAKIGallery

    Tsipras to Germany: German Taxpayers are not paying for Greek Pensions

Tsipras to Germany: German Taxpayers are not paying for Greek Pensions

Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, has rebuffed suggestions that bailout money going to Greece is being spent on pensions and salaries. In a comment piece for the German news magazine, Der Tagesspiegel (read it here in English on the EurActiv blog), Tsipras says that the assumption that Germany is paying for the wages and pensions of the Greek […]

Why Cameron is wrong on the ‘cost’ of migrants

Tim Vlandas of Reading University attacks David Cameron’s pre-election focus on the ‘cost’ of migrants The Prime Minister is at it again. Saddened by the rise of immigration above ‘the tens of thousands’ promised, David Cameron proposed new curbs on EU immigrants’ access to UK benefits in a recent speech. This proposal is unlikely to be feasible given current EU […]

Juncker and the European Social Model: Is a revival in prospect?

Leticia Díez Sánchez examines the new EU President’s pledge to look at the social impact of economic reform The election of Jean-Claude Juncker has with no doubt been part of a package-deal between (mostly) pro-European parties. A deal that secures institutional stability and defies the Eurosceptic rise experienced in the last European Parliament elections. Most accounts on whether Juncker is a good fit […]

Lessons on jobs from developing countries

Steve Coulter of the LSE highlights ILO research showing that countries with sound labour market policies grow faster – unfortunately, this does not seem to apply to Europe An interesting report came out recently from the International Labour Organization, highlighting the importance of high quality jobs in boosting growth and tackling inequality. Although primarily about developing countries, ‘Developing with Jobs’, […]

Immigration and its problems

Bob Hancké of the LSE ponders the peculiar assumed attractions of the UK labour market to immigrants Here’s a very thoughtful, interesting piece on migration in the UK, which probably also holds some lessons for other countries. Yet there is something that I don’t understand: even this balanced piece states that the UK will become a ‘honeypot’ once growth is […]

The State of Welfare in Greece: a call for courageous structural reforms

Yiannis Korkovelos argues that a strategy of containing welfare costs regardless of the social costs has proven to be a difficult balancing act. While Greece has been getting to grips with its public finances, developments in healthcare and pensions have exposed a critical need for genuine structural reform Four years on from the March 2010 bailout package, Greek society has experienced several […]

EMU and Social Cohesion: can they co-exist?

By Steve Coulter, LSE The Eurozone crisis has exposed a dramatic set of fault lines between Europe’s nation-states and the supranational institutions of the European Union which purport to unite them. These fissures have already produced a political earthquake in the form of big votes for xenophobic and/or anti-EU parties in recent European elections. But if EU leaders can’t demonstrate […]

A ‘Precariat Charter’

Professor Guy Standing of SOAS, University of London, writes that what we have witnessed in recent decades is not simply an increase in inequality, but also the emergence of a new globalised class structure. A key component of this is ‘The Precariat’: a new class comprising those who lack economic security and stable occupational identities, which has systematically been deprived of some of the fundamental […]