Taking the EU directive on work-life balance off the page will require determined trade-union efforts, including in challenging prejudices.
Social Europe Blogs
This category brings together Social Europe blog posts. Our blog posts consist of shorter commentaries or analytical articles that often include charts and other visual elements and therefore structured differently compared to text-based comment and analysis pieces.
Transport poverty in France fuelled the grievances mobilised by the gilets jaunes. EU policy-makers need to address this social dimension to the green transformation.
The fossil-fuel industry has been revealed to have invested vast resources in lobbying EU institutions.
Democracy is threatened by politicisation of constitutional courts. Unorthodox tactics are required to restore their role.
If procyclical domestic policies inflated Ireland’s economic bubble, procyclical austerity demanded by the troika which bailed it out makes Ireland’s recovery all the more remarkable.
Ireland’s volatile economic path of recent decades has wider European policy implications. Part one: the ‘Celtic Tiger’ and its demise
The consensus against German fiscal rebalancing is cracking—because the export demand which allowed it long to be avoided is looking shaky.
The typical radical-right voter is often assumed to be older and male, with conservative views on women’s and LGBT rights—an assumption which should now be reassessed.
The EU directive on irregular work is a positive step but it struggles with the contradiction of protecting workers from the labour-market risks transferred by capital.
Not only is German animus towards Mario Draghi misplaced, Peter Bofinger argues. His stewardship of the European Central Bank has been a boon for the largest eurozone economy.
The Nordic countries, with their strong public spheres, are more supportive than those which elevate the family as a private institution.
Some orthodox economists predicted fiscal austerity would build confidence and so foster recovery. Yet at the end of the lost eurozone decade recession looms once more.