Columns & Interviews

Nouriel Roubini

Are Negative Interest Rates Good For Growth?

Monetary policy has become increasingly unconventional in the last six years, with central banks implementing zero-interest-rate policies, quantitative easing, credit easing, forward guidance, and unlimited exchange-rate intervention. But now we have … Read More

Gesine Schwan

How Pegida Uses Social Insecurity

The Pegida demonstrations in Dresden have attracted a lot of international media attention and raised considerable concerns about social peace inside Germany. Many people simply cannot understand why Pegida are warning about a so-called Islamisation … Read More

Guy Ryder (photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ILO)

Labor In The Age Of Robots

Fears about the impact of technology on the labor market are nothing new. In the early nineteenth century, a group of English textile workers known as the Luddites worried that new technologies like power looms and spinning frames would cost them … Read More

Robert Reich

Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion, and has 850 employees. Uber also has over 163,000 drivers (as of … Read More

Tito Boeri

Why We Need A Welfare Union In Europe

Are Europe’s welfare states fit to meet the demands brought on by the financial crisis? In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Tito Boeri discusses the need for a ‘stress test’ of the European welfare state, why citizens in … Read More

Steven Hill

The Varoufakis vs Schäuble Endgame

As many analysts and observers previously predicted (myself included on Social Europe), the eurozone crisis not only is not over, as some European leaders had boasted, but it has returned in a more virulent form. The possibility of a Greek exit – … Read More


Philippe Pochet

The Nordic Model Is No Longer A Holy Grail

The European social model, virtually forgotten since the 2000s, is making a long-overdue comeback as the effects of the 2008 financial crisis continue to damage European society and exacerbate inequality levels. But this welcome change coincides with … Read More

James Galbraith

Reading The Greek Deal Correctly

On Friday as news of the Brussels deal came through, Germany claimed victory and it is no surprise that most of the working press bought the claim. They have high authorities to quote and to rely on. Thus from London The Independent … Read More

Ronald Janssen

Brave Little Deflationary Belgium

In a speech delivered last week in London, Peter Praet, member of the executive board of the ECB, formulated the key challenge the Euro Area economy is facing in a very clear way: .... an oil price shock improves the terms of trade, increases … Read More

David Lizoain

Which Side Are You On, Jeroen Dijsselbloem?

Just over a hundred years have passed since the greatest failure of European social democracy. The workers’ movement was unable to halt the needless slaughter of World War I. First, Jean Jaures was assassinated, silencing his powerful anti-militarist … Read More

News & Events

Jean-Pierre Zigrand

What Is Systemic Risk?

Since the beginning of the financial and economic crisis more than half a decade ago the term 'systemic risk' has been used a lot. But what exactly does it mean? What is the system and what is the risk? Is there just financial risk or are there wider … Read More

Thomas Piketty

How To Make The Eurozone Sustainable

In this interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, French economist Thomas Piketty explains why the Fiscal Compact was a mistake, what the ECB can do with a Quantitative Easing (QE) programme, and how the Eurozone needs to be reformed in order … Read More