Economy & Jobs

Future EU 18-10-2017

TOGETHER for a stronger, progressive family!

Socialism still has a long way to go. But following recent elections in various European countries, it is clear that progressive forces must regenerate themselves, write Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev. Gianni Pittella is the president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and Sergei Stanishev is the president of the Party of European Socialists. Our values of …

Global Europe 18-10-2017

EU-India relations come full-circle

For more than a decade, the EU and India partnership had been slow-moving and fragmented, struggling to maintain momentum. The last EU-India summit however shows EU-India relations have come full circle, writes Gauri Khandekar.

Global Europe 17-10-2017

It’s high time Macron or Juncker gave a speech at ESA

Europe’s leaders need to set forth the threats to Europe that could come from failure to exercise space leadership. Vidvuds Beldavs suggests what Emmanuel Macron or Jean-Claude Juncker could say to take Europe to the forefront of space exploration.

How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.

17-10-2017

Change on the horizon for social rights?

Real progress to eradicate poverty and promote social justice for all is within the grasp of the EU, but it will take ambitious political commitment at November’s Social Summit to make gains in reaching a truly social Europe, explain Jana Hainsworth and Luis Alvarado Martinez.

Data protection 16-10-2017

Small businesses at risk of being overwhelmed by data protection burden

With eight months until the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the countdown is well and truly on but businesses are not ready, writes Mike Cherry.

Circular economy 16-10-2017

Member states have no real plan for the circular economy, they are secretly sabotaging it

It’s high time for a circular economy in Europe, according to member states. So why are they on course to obstruct waste laws? This kind of doublespeak undermines the circular economy but also faith in politicians, writes Piotr Barczak.

Future EU 06-10-2017

Give the regions more EU power to save the euro and defeat populism

Elections across Europe show Europe's political parties to be increasingly defined by how nationalistic they are. Confronting this and reinstating progressive politics is essential, and can best be done by giving more power to Europe's regions, urges Giles Merritt.

06-10-2017

Corporate greed: The enemy of decent work  

Decent work needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda – working people, employers and governments. Decent work is the foundation of a decent life, the opportunity to earn a living and make a contribution to the community, writes Esther Lynch.

06-10-2017

Cross-border mobility of companies: ‘Real seat’ vs ‘incorporation’

EU member states have adopted contrasting approaches to the cross-border mobility of companies, with some insisting on “real” economic activity and others happy to consider the legally-registered office instead. How the EU eventually decides could have important implications, writes Corrado Malberti.

Global Europe 05-10-2017

Post-Trump: Europe’s Asia pivot should be now

Since the Trump administration took office, the future of the transatlantic axis has been uncertain. The EU’s external economic policy, therefore, needs reorientation.  Asia, the world’s most dynamic growth region, should play a central role in this regard, writes Cora Francisca Jungbluth.

Freedom of thought 04-10-2017

EU must demand respect for human rights in trade talks with India

The Indian government must guarantee the security of religious minorities if it wants to conclude trade deals with the EU, writes Lars Adaktusson.

Energy 02-10-2017

Renovation is about more than just energy savings

The multiple benefits of building renovation programmes include known advantages in terms of reduced energy bills and job creation. But less is known about other benefits like avoided healthcare costs, and even higher exam success rates for students, writes Adrian Joyce.

Electricity 29-09-2017

Smoke, mirrors and coal dust  

Making coal power look like a worthy candidate for taxpayer support in a Europe moving to low carbon generation is no easy trick. A recent study tried to pull off this illusion and failed miserably, explains Dave Jones.

Brexit 28-09-2017

Opting for EU realism, Corbyn tries to brand Tories as Brexit fundamentalists

Like a crab emerging cautiously from under his rock, the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is millimetre-by-millimetre re-calibrating his party line on Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.

26-09-2017

How does business thrive in a disrupted world? Through women’s leadership at all levels

Across Europe, women represented 24% of corporate board members in 2015, according to Credit Suisse, up from a 14% average in 2010. It’s an encouraging sign that women are rising to the uppermost leadership positions, writes Clara Gaymard.

26-09-2017

Europe needs an Erasmus for SMEs

The European project MobiliseSME showed the potential of a cross-border exchange program for small and medium-sized businesses in Europe. It is now important that this idea is continued with an Erasmus for SMEs, so to help European companies make the best of the Single Market, writes Stefan Moritz.

25-09-2017

The time is right for a stronger monetary union – with everyone on board

French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Tuesday (26 September) outlining his pitch to reform the European Monetary Union. But he has to prioritise his wishlist in order to make the most of member state support, writes Petros Fassoulas.

21-09-2017

Don’t protect us from doing business!

It’s always a pleasure to be praised as strategically important. But when looking at the European Commission’s current proposal for screening foreign direct investments, many entrepreneurs ask: what is the strategy? Thilo Brodtmann explains.

20-09-2017

The OECD must return to its founding principles

In a world beset by fake news, where facts are all too often subordinated to politics, smart policymaking requires independent institutions that can provide objective research and analysis, grounding political debate in science and reason, writes Justus Haucap.

20-09-2017

Falling youth unemployment is not a reason for complacency

Europe needs to better integrate young people into the labour market if it is to address youth unemployment effectively, writes Denis Pennel.

19-09-2017

With age(ing) comes wisdom: Shifting the debate on living longer

Ministers and experts from more than 50 countries meet in Lisbon this week for a major conference on “realizing the potential of living longer”. Olga Algayerova explains why Europe must carefully review what living longer means for how we live and work together.

Data protection 18-09-2017

Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.

Agrifood 15-09-2017

What the EU risks by opening up its market to Brazilian sugar cane ethanol

Free and fair trade that helps boost economic growth and create jobs is a concept most people support. But trade policy is about more than just open markets; it should also support – rather than work against – a government’s overall objectives, writes Emmanuel Desplechin.