Social Europe

politics, economy and employment & labour

27/07/2018 08:00 AM
"Why Such Disparity Between Unemployment Rates In Europe?" by Denis MacShane
Eurostat has just published its latest unemployment figures. For the EU and Eurozone. Overall, they show continuing progress though youth unemployment remains seriously high. But the statistics do not explain why some countries have much higher rates of joblessness than others with Greece posting nearly ten times the rate of unemployment as the Czech Republic […]

27/07/2018 07:00 AM
"Will The Grass Be Greener For The Workers?" by Kate Holman
What are ‘green jobs’? According to the International Labour Organization, they are “decent jobs that contribute to preserve or restore the environment, be they in traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction, or in new, emerging green sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.” Sounds great, but is it reality? The recent conference on ‘The […]

26/07/2018 08:00 AM
"Ready. Set. Miss. How The Commission Missed The Target On EWCs" by Stan De Spiegelaere, Romuald Jagodziński and Aline Hoffmann
Reading the recent EU Commission Evaluation on European Works Councils is like watching this video of a Dutch fourth division soccer match: good tackle, direct run on goal, the keeper goes down, the attacker finds himself alone in front of a huge goal… and misses, completely. Inexplicably. In front of a capacity crowd. Likewise, the […]

26/07/2018 07:00 AM
"Turkey’s New Regime And Its Neoliberal Foundations" by Yonca Özdemir
Recent political and economic developments in Turkey have been worrying for Western governments for some time. However, busy with their own political crises, governments have been either slow or reluctant to react to these developments effectively. Having a predominantly Muslim population with a leadership potential in the Middle East as a whole, or maybe even […]

25/07/2018 08:00 AM
"Meeting The Migration Challenge And Reforming Capitalism Through Mutual Solidarity" by Paul Collier
How would you characterise the migration issue today? How has it become such a hot topic, and how do you think it’s likely to develop in the future? At the moment, obviously, public policy on migration and refugees is a complete mess. It’s a broken system. In fact, it doesn’t really deserve the word ‘system’. […]

25/07/2018 07:00 AM
"Stiglitz Advocates A Dual Currency System In Italy But Why Not For The Whole Eurozone?" by Enrico Grazzini
Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize winner for economics, has recently written an article titled “Can the euro be saved?”. He wrote: The euro may be approaching another crisis. Italy, the eurozone’s third largest economy, has chosen what can at best be described as a Eurosceptic government. This should surprise no one. The backlash in Italy […]

24/07/2018 08:00 AM
"A European Super-PAC To Take On Bannon’s Illiberal Shock Troops" by Alberto Alemanno
The 2019 elections for the European Parliament boil down to a war between supporters of EU integration, multilateralism and liberal values, and those who aim at a Europe of illiberal polities, often coupled with state capitalism and ethno-nationalism. In both camps, initiatives are mushrooming. Both sides have political champions and corresponding visions: French President Emmanuel […]

24/07/2018 07:00 AM
"Brexit Is Dying. Time For A People’s Vote" by Michael Cottakis
Brexit will achieve what several dark and diminutive characters from history have tried, and failed, to do: draw Great Britain into the throes of grim continental vassalage. With Brexit, the EU will (inadvertently) effect by negotiation what Spain, France, and Germany have all been unable to realise through conquest. Sovereignty will be stripped away, and […]

23/07/2018 08:00 AM
"Trump Attacks US Workers And Labor Unions" by Steven Hill
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 ruling (Janus v. AFSCME) struck a blow to labor unions’ ability to collect membership dues and made international headlines. But in a quieter fashion the Trump administration already had been slowly dismantling protections for workers, especially those enacted under the Obama administration. During his presidential run, Donald Trump repeatedly proclaimed that […]

23/07/2018 07:00 AM
"Trump And Brexit" by Simon Wren-Lewis
As Trump makes clear, the UK can choose US rules or EU rules. Brexit is about having no say in either. Of course every Leave voter is an individual with his or her own motives. But if you had to broadly characterise the two big issues that gave the Leave side victory in 2016, it […]