The platform corporations have just won a battle in California over classifying their workers as ‘contractors’. An EU directive is required to take the opposite tack.
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The European Commission proposal on minimum wages does not exhaust the need to ensure minimum incomes for all.
Falling corporate taxation has been matched by a rising contribution from labour. But there are ways to redress the balance between citizens and companies.
Peter Bofinger argues the incoming president must abjure the mercantilist language of his predecessor in favour of a progressive response to globalisation.
Five decades on, a ‘Tobin tax’ is no longer fit for purpose. Now what should be taxed, progressively, is all financial flows.
Tax wars have so far denied the EU the unanimity required to stop the race to the bottom on corporation tax.
The pandemic has highlighted the need for a new EU consumer policy, fit for a more digitalised and sustainable world.
The meat industry wants terms such as ‘veggie burger’ banned. This is less about confusion, more about competition.
‘Stakeholder capitalism’ has been promoted to balance the market and society but ultimately the only solution is to make firms more democratic.
The circular economy holds out the hope of living within the planet’s resources. Turning aspiration into action is another matter.
The world is approaching a tipping point on climate change, when protecting the future of civilisation will require dramatic interventions.
European decision-makers are entering the final sprint of reform of the CAP. Their choices will make or break the European Green Deal.
Peter Bofinger argues that large-scale injections of money to bring economies out of the coronavirus coma have vindicated Modern Monetary Theory.
The pandemic closed theatres, concerts and exhibitions, imperilling many freelances. How will the creative industry re-emerge?
The Swedish economist’s life of rich activity straddled theory and policy—and painting.
Despite increasing criticism of Big Tech, the business models of leading digital companies are still widely admired. That’s a problem.
A green recovery from the pandemic would heal its social scars by quickly creating jobs and fostering inclusion.
Adam Tooze argues that worrying about the euro exchange rate and a non-existent inflation enemy in Europe must give way to fiscal and monetary demand boosts.