SE Blogs

Our blogs are short commentaries on current affairs issues.

New Forms Of Employment Offer Both Benefits And Risks

Irene Mandl

Social and economic changes in Europe have given rise to new forms of employment, many very different from traditional ‘work’. What are these new trends, and how do they affect working conditions and the labour market? Irene Mandl of Eurofound examines the findings of a special report. The huge increase in the use of zero-hours […]

On Spendthrift Governments And The European Central Bank

Ronald Janssen

The other culprit for the crisis: Spendthrift governments In an earlier post, I analysed the new offensive launched by the four presidents of European institutions on the next step in economic governance and saw it as a flawed attempt to rewrite the fundamental narrative of the crisis. By making wages to blame for the crisis, the […]

Employment And Inclusive Development: Contesting Conventional Wisdom

Yanatul Islam

In a recently published book, my co-author Rizwanul Islam and I suggest that the notion of inclusive development should have the following attributes: (1) rapid, stable and sustainable per capita GDP growth; (2) sustained decline in income poverty; (3) sustained improvement in human development indicators, such as health, nutrition and education; (4) growth of productive […]

Where Now For The Europe 2020 Strategy?

Wolfgang Kowalsky

Does the Commission take unemployment as a serious challenge? What future for the Europe 2020 strategy? A few comments on European Commission: “Results of the public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” This new note from the European Commission is clearly a step further down the road towards marginalising […]

European Economic Governance And Flawed Analysis

Ronald Janssen

Getting Stupid Capital Flows Off The Hook The analytical note on the next steps for better economic governance that was published mid- February during the informal European Council reopens the discussion on how to obtain a strict coordination of national economic policy making in the Euro Area. Or, to put it more bluntly, how to […]

The 3 Biggest Economic Myths

Robert Reich

1. The “job creators” are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish. The real job creators are the vast middle class and the poor, whose spending induces businesses to create jobs. Which is why raising the minimum wage, extending overtime protection, enlarging the Earned […]

The War Of Words Between The German And Greek Governments Has To Stop!

Henning Meyer

A war of words has been simmering between the German and Greek governments ever since the Greek crisis appeared on the agenda in 2010. The escalation of the linguistic conflict we have seen since the election of the Syriza government is, however, something completely new and is spiralling out of control. We are now getting into […]

Iceland’s Dangerous Hangover

Lilja Mósesdóttir

The battle with the creditors of the bankrupt private banks in Iceland is still not over, although the country won the Icesave dispute, graduated from IMF´s austerity programme in 2011 and jailed some of its ‘banksters’. The first phase of the battle with creditors ended in January 2013 when the EFTA court ruled that Icelandic […]

Reviving EU Fiscal Policy: 10 Ways To Strengthen Public Investment

Achim Truger

As the Euro crisis hit, European policy makers reacted with headless austerity policies and a tightening of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). The failure of these policies is obvious: after seven years of deep economic crisis the Euro area is on the verge of deflationary stagnation. Public investment – which should have stabilized the […]

The Tale Of Lazy Greeks

Sandro Scocco

Angela Merkel proclaimed at an early stage that the Greeks could not retire earlier and have longer holidays than the Germans. Der Spiegel’s interpretation was: “We aren’t going to give our hard-earned German money to lazy southern Europeans.” Sweden’s Minister of Finance, Anders Borg, echoed this whilst on the way to an EU meeting: “Obviously, Swedes […]

The Nordic Model Is No Longer A Holy Grail

Philippe Pochet

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 significant upheavals in the Nordic model, always seen as “best-in-class”. This has elemental consequences for Europe’s trade unions. […]

Will POLITICO.EU Be Like ‘Die Welt’ And ‘BILD’?

Henning Meyer

The  European media scene is in for a bit of a shake-up in the coming months. The Washington-based political news website POLITICO has entered a 50:50 joint venture with German publishing house Axel Springer to launch POLTICO.EU in the second quarter of this year. This is a significant market entrance and will certainly ruffle some […]