The coronavirus crisis has remade the case for public authority—but that can only work in a complex network of multi-level governance.
Social Europe Columns & Interviews
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The coronavirus has not only attacked vulnerable individuals—it has highlighted how Europe’s atrophying social ties leave a growing precariat exposed.
Governments must use the momentum created by the COVID-19 pandemic to make rapid progress toward collectively financed, comprehensive social-protection systems.
Eurozone reform has appeared stymied by the tension between purportedly abstemious northern and spendthrift southern members. It needn’t be.
The European Union must manifest real solidarity in response to the coronavirus crisis. Muddling through will not do.
More monetary-policy easing is still a one-club approach—fiscal support is also needed at EU level.
The coronavirus crisis has exposed the shared vulnerability of Europe’s interdependence. Time to turn that into a strength.
The Covid-19 crisis may have set the stage for a debt meltdown long in the making, starting in the Asian economies on the front lines.
The spread of Covid-19 has called into question—once again—the frailties of the European Union.
To prevent the coronavirus shock to demand precipitating a long-lasting depression, government needs to become short-term payer of last resort.
The EU failed to learn from the crisis of 2015—and is now paying the price. Its refugee policy is even worse than back then.
The EU has always advanced on the back of crises. The Covid-19 outbreak represents a chance to pools resources towards a co-ordinated fiscal policy.