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Greece: the Triumph of an Alternative Narrative

Phillipe Pochet of the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels sees the recurring Greek debt crisis as emblematic of the conflict between markets and democracy After the rush of commentary formulated in the heat of the moment, the Greek election results call for analysis also from a longer-term and twofold standpoint. There is a need to examine, on the one […]

February 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Europe’s fading climate policy ambitions

Bela Galgoczi of the ETUI in Brussels says a lack of coherent policies is hindering Europe’s efforts to tackle climate change Europe is losing momentum in greening its economy, and its former leadership in this area is eroding rapidly. Indeed, after a 60% drop in clean energy investment in 2013 compared to the 2011 peak, Europe has become the global laggard in […]

October 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

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 […]

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 […]

Giving and receiving: effects of labour emigration on the Bulgarian labour market

Plamen Dimitrov of the Bulgarian trade union confederation, CITUB, assesses the pros and cons of migration by Bulgarian workers to Western Europe. He argues that the negative impact on labour markets in host countries is exaggerated, and is in any case far outweighed by the benefits they receive from tax revenues and the skills these workers bring – often to […]

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 […]

Europe at a Crossroads – what next?

The purpose of this blog is to provoke discussion about the future of the European economy and social model, and we hope we are starting to do that. Before we wind down a bit for the Summer, we thought we would alert our readers to a great opportunity to discuss these issues in person at a major conference being held in […]

Did the Troika get it right?

Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) examines the forecasting record of the European Commission and finds it wanting The European Commission has been consistently optimistic in its forecasts, always giving reassurances that recovery is under way, that progress is being made or, when reality clearly failed to match up with previous forecasts, that the EU economy ‘has […]

Flexploitation: the case of the 2012 Spanish Labour Market reform

Ronald Janssen of the European Trade Union Confederation argues against the idea that the solution to unemployment lies in more flexible working practices, pointing out that precarious jobs make for a precarious recovery. Last month the informal EPSCO Council met in Athens to discuss, amongst others, the link between structural reforms and a job rich recovery. They would do well to […]

The war over drugs: what’s at stake?

By Steve Coulter, LSE The takeover tussle between rival drug giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca has uncovered some interesting truths about government and corporate policies on taxes and R&D funding.  Of course, the shadow of Pfizer still looms over UK-based AstraZeneca, with continuing speculation that the US-headquartered Viagra manufacturer will revive its bid later this year. Both firms face imminent ‘patent-cliffs’ […]