Fighting poverty

Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Divides deepen between member states over posted workers bill

After a year of stalled negotiations, fresh changes to draft rules affecting workers temporarily posted to another EU country are further deepening rifts between eastern and western member states.

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Digital 22-03-2017

EIB, WEF tell EU to embed social inclusion in economic policy

At a time of rising inequality across Europe, the European Investment Bank and the World Economic Forum have jointly sounded the alarm bell and called for social inclusion to become an organic part of EU economic policy.

Economy & Jobs 10-03-2017

Sweden pushes gender equality onto Rome agenda

As EU leaders parsed through divisive issues like migration and European integration in discussions on the future of Europe today (10 March), Sweden's prime minister threw another controversial matter into the mix: employment policy.

Economy & Jobs 08-03-2017

Tusk says he is ‘ready’ for showdown over his job at EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk said he is “ready” for the judgement awaiting him when EU heads of state and government decide tomorrow (9 March) whether he will serve another term starting in May despite the Polish government's backing of a replacement candidate.

Economy & Jobs 03-03-2017

Four countries push for EU law to slash childcare benefits

A group of four countries are pushing for EU rules that would allow them to pay lower childcare benefits to anyone with children in another member state.

Economy & Jobs 02-03-2017

(Re)defining Europe necessary to navigate stormy seas of globalisation

In a globalised world, social rights offer a chance to build a fairer world. The upcoming reflection on the future of Europe is a unique opportunity to address these issues, write Claire Courteille-Mulder and Olivier De Schutter.

Transport 02-03-2017

East-West tensions reignite as Poland fights labour rules for truckers

Poland is putting up a fight over an upcoming EU proposal that will affect working conditions for truck drivers who travel between countries with different social welfare laws and minimum wages.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Education: Europe’s problem child

Many EU member states are too slow to implement socio-political reforms in crucial sectors like education, according to a new study. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Trudeau to MEPs: Trade has to work for people

The day after MEPs approved CETA, the landmark EU-Canada trade deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday (16 February) that trade had to work for people who are struggling to make ends meets and raise their families.

Austrian Chancellor Kern says breakthrough on posted workers ‘decisive’

Chancellor Christian Kern defended Austria's push for a law to prevent social dumping from poorer EU countries after a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker where Austria's demand for childcare benefit cuts for EU foreigners took centre stage.

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Minimum wages soar across Europe in bid to curb social inequality

Minimum wages increased in most EU countries last year in an effort to redress social dumping, a new research has found.

Greece hopes migrant burden will turn into boon

Two decades ago, an influx of half a million migrants boosted Greece's economy. Today, the government and some experts hope a new wave of migrants will do the same.

Health 01-02-2017

Poverty and tobacco carry similar health risks, study finds

People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday (31 January) in the British journal The Lancet.

Commission to tighten labour rules for truck drivers in May

Truck drivers and trade unions have formed an alliance to demand the European Commission close loopholes that let underpaid workers from poorer EU countries deliver goods anywhere in the bloc.

MEPs call for EU law requiring minimum wage in every country

MEPs are asking the European Commission to require member states to introduce national minimum wages in a move that will unnerve politicians across Europe, business lobby groups and even some trade unions.

Davos warns ‘squeezed’ middle class needs attention

Threatened by unemployment and stagnant wages, the middle class is increasingly feeling the pinch and falling prey to populism, as shown in recent elections and the Brexit vote, international and business leaders in Davos warned.

EU must tackle homelessness to achieve SDGs

In order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, Europe has to leave homelessness – not homeless people – behind, writes Ruth Owen.

Euro & Finance 16-01-2017

Oxfam: Growth of inequality accelerated in 2016

Global wealth become even more concentrated in the hands of the rich in 2016, according to Oxfam. Eight people now control as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 06-01-2017

Romania’s parliament approves tax relief for pensioners

Romania's lower house of parliament yesterday (5 January) approved tax breaks for pensioners, making good on a government promise to loosen fiscal policy as the economy picks up pace.

Why it is crucial to end orphanage-style care systems in Europe

Strengthening families and tackling child poverty goes hand-in-hand with ending institutional care for children, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Commission’s Sustainable Development Package must be taken further

The EU will not meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals without rethinking its approach to individual targets. So far, this has not happened, writes Damien Demailly.

Elections 08-12-2016

Romanian PM says election promises must not fuel populism

Romanian politicians are making unrealistic pay promises ahead of the 11 December parliamentary election that fuel populism and damage voters' understanding of the need for reform, outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș told Reuters on Tuesday.

Development Policy 05-12-2016

Agenda for Sustainable Development: What are the EU’s ambitions?

How the EU intends to respond to global challenges and reform its own policies under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development remains tellingly unclear, write Christine Hackenesch and Niels Keijzer.

Global Europe 01-12-2016

A turning point for EU relations with Latin America

Europe must strengthen its ties with Latin America to promote democracy, social progress and equality in the age of globalisation, write Ramón Jáuregui and Carlos Zorrinho.

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