Columns & Interviews

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

Paul Krugman

What The Eurogroup Demands Is Absurd

Paul Krugman was interviewed by Evan Davis on the BBC's Newsnight programme on 17th February. The following is a transcript of the part of the interview dealing with the negotiations for a new deal for Greece. I don’t know what you think but how far … Read More

Robert Misik

Show Solidarity And Stop Bashing Greece!

It was a paragraph hidden away in a Der Spiegel story about European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. During the European election campaign, one read, “the word ‘solidarity’ stood out on Juncker’s posters.” And further down: “Merkel’s CDU … 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

Fabian Lindner

Greece Deserves German Support

Yanis Varoufakis, the economics professor and new Greek finance minister, used a press conference with Wolfgang Schäuble last week in Berlin to issue an emotional appeal to Germans for solidarity; they, after all, knew from their experiences of the … 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