When the minimum wage was introduced in Germany in 2015, there were febrile forecasts of huge job losses. These have proved minimal—while incomes and consumption have benefitted.
Social Europe Blogs
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The proposal by the European Commission to legislate on fair EU minimum wages has excited contrasting attitudes among trade unions in member states.
It’s not so much that what the European Central Bank is doing is wrong as that it is not framing public understanding. The next ECB strategy, writes Peter Bofinger, should do so.
German hawks are not just wrong about monetary and fiscal policies and risk-sharing in an ailing European economy—their demands are inconsistent.
In our series on ‘just transition’, Béla Galgóczi focuses on what it means for the key sectors of coal and cars.
Agglomeration effects in capital-city regions concentrating good jobs may be feeding political discontent beyond them.
Taking the EU directive on work-life balance off the page will require determined trade-union efforts, including in challenging prejudices.
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