Middle-ground politics


Finnish social minister: Europe needs ‘a paradigm shift’ towards the economy of well-being

Working towards a more inclusive economic growth in Europe is one of the Finnish presidency's main priorities. Finnish minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen lays out her vision for "the economy of well-being".
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2018

Can Poland catch up with the West on digitisation?

Acceleration of technological development provides huge opportunities for qualified employees. In an interview with EURACTIV Poland, Christian Bodewig from the World Bank Group explains how non-routine skills and competences not yet possessed by machines become increasingly relevant.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2018

British MEP: Young people are often forced into precarious work

Deep cuts to public finances were not necessarily needed after 2007-2008's financial crisis in order to rebuild the economy, according to British Labour politician Sion Simon, who spoke to EURACTIV Czech Republic's media partner, Aktualne.cz.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

MEP: Violation of labour laws under Youth Employment Initiative is unacceptable

In some member states, young people were employed for a month or even less under the EU-financed Youth Employment Initiative and this is the wrong message that should not be tolerated, MEP Romana Tomc told EURACTIV.com in an interview.  

Big member states are dividing the EU on digital agenda

Four countries - Germany, France, Italy and Spain - drafted a paper outlining their priorities ahead of last Friday’s (29 September) digital summit, where heads of state gathered in Estonia. Poland’s Digital Minister Krzysztof Szubert told EURACTIV.com their paper risks dividing EU member states on digital issues.
Euro & Finance 31-01-2017

WEF member: ‘A very strong willingness exists to achieve inclusive growth’

Inclusive growth became a dominant topic at this year's World Economic Forum (17-20 January). Martina Larkin, the head of Europe and Eurasia for the Forum, admitted there is no “obvious model” for it.

German trade union chief: ‘Integration law works with restrictions and that is populism’

One-euro-jobs, mandatory language courses and strict residence requirements: Germany's new integration act is already polarising opinion. EURACTIV Germany spoke with trade union chief Reiner Hoffmann about whether the new law will solve the problems of the refugee crisis.

ILO: Middle class at risk

The erosion of the middle class is worrying, because it particularly hurts young people, thus leading to an intergenerational gap. But it is even more worrisome, as it does not seem to have been taken seriously enough so far, said ILO senior economist Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead.

Labour market expert: We need active EU policies on health at work

SPECIAL REPORT / With changing demographics putting pressure on the European labour markets, EU countries need to put in place healthy and sustainable work systems, argues Serge Volkoff.

MEP: Enlarged labour market needs social dialogue

Social dialogue is becoming ever more important in the enlarged EU labour market, and is one of the areas where the EU can best assist member countries, German MEP Nadja Hirsch (ALDE) told EURACTIV Hungary in an exclusive interview.

Andor: ‘Make room for more social inclusion measures with ESF funding’

Since Europe has more employment and social problems now than before the crisis, more social inclusion measures need to be supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), which should be given competences on financial engineering, said László Andor, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.

De-regulated labour markets ‘much more dynamic’

Europe does not need more highly regulated job markets but rather increased investment in human capital if it is to meet the dual challenge of achieving both economic efficiency and social justice, Wolfgang Merkel, the director of the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Future EU 21-03-2005

PES President: Painful reforms only get two years to show their worth.

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Danish MEP and president of the Party of European Socialists, talks to EURACTIV about how to get popular backing for tough reforms needed to make the Lisbon strategy succeed.