After years of disregarding privacy, exploiting user data and failing to control its platform, Facebook has unveiled a cryptocurrency and payment system that could take down the entire global economy.
Social Europe Columns & Interviews
Social Europe columns are op-ed style comment and analysis articles on issues in politics, economy and employment & labour. We also sometimes publish interviews and conversations with leading decision-makers and thinkers.
The gender pay gap in the EU remains stubbornly wide. Unpacking it highlights its wide social ramifications.
Three decades after the fall of the Wall, there is still a ‘wall in the head’ in German politics—and it goes through the party of the far right.
Advertisers still often hit consumers with gender stereotypes. And so they often miss—at their own business expense.
Greater dependency ratios may imply pensions reform—but not that it be unfair.
The large swing to the left in the Danish election could lead to a long period of opposition for the right. Unless, that is, the social democrats revert to their ‘third way’ approach when last in government.
Marx once wrote of the temptation, confronted with a new historical situation, to summon up the ‘borrowed language’ of the past. He’s still right.
Digital dystopias are overdone but inequality is rising. The answer lies in treating data as a commons and Big Data as a collective-action problem.
Competition by public authorities to attract large companies with tax breaks or other subsidies is not the route to good jobs. An iterative dialogue with firms offers a better way.
The new social-democrat led government in Finland has committed the country to carbon neutrality by 2035. Can, will it be done?
The eurozone muddled through its crisis at Germany’s behest. The climate emergency is much too serious for that.
Arguments about immigration have polarised between restriction and liberalisation. But key are accompanying measures to ensure freedom of movement is associated with wage and social protection.