The row over the EU introducing vaccine export controls has occluded its rejection of a temporary waiver on intellectual property rights.
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The European Year of Rail can support the Green Deal and sustainable recovery. Europe needs more international trains with easier booking.
The attack on the US Capitol revealed the dangers of Big Tech media platforms—but envisaged EU competition laws won’t fix them.
School closures during the pandemic have hit socially excluded students hard. The EU needs to ensure every child can reach their potential.
The pandemic has highlighted a longer-term failure adequately to address the working conditions of cultural professionals in Europe.
A strengthened European Youth Guarantee allows member states to tackle rising youth unemployment—Eurostat figures show that’s urgent.
Solidarity in health has never been so urgent or imperative—a European Health Union would be its ideal expression.
For all the hope spurred by the efficacy announcements of multiple Covid-19 vaccine candidates, national and private interests are trumping health justice.
The language of the Brexit stand-off is of a ‘level playing-field’ versus ‘sovereignty’. But beneath that, it’s about divergent social models.
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted how the welfare state of the future must be built on an ethic of care rather than self-interest.
The pandemic has reinforced the case for egalitarianism to define the ethos of the welfare state.
With a Digital Services Act in the offing, regulation of platforms can make public-interest journalism sustainable again.
The pandemic has highlighted the fragility of social protection, especially in the developing world. A new global fund is needed—and it’s affordable.
For decades urban development has followed the impulses of capital. The right to a home and the right to the city must be won by the citizens.
The European Commission is caught between the needs of frontline states receiving refugees and those in the rear resisting responsibility-sharing.
Europe has the chance to revolutionise how people and goods move and help cap global warming, while creating jobs and improving health.