About: Austerity

Health 08-11-2017

Europe’s excluded are falling through the cracks of healthcare

Whether it is an elderly German man who lost his job or a young boy that reached Europe fleeing war at home, Europe’s excluded are falling through the cracks of healthcare systems, writes Médecins du Monde.
EU Priorities 2020 08-05-2017

The ‘missing scenario’: There are alternatives for Europeans

In order to revive the European project, the progressive forces must have an ambitious vision that goes beyond an intergovernmental system and implements a genuine Community method, MEPs from the Progressive Caucus alliance write.
Euro & Finance 01-02-2017

For Greece and Its creditors, the clock is ticking

Both Athens and its creditors want to complete the review of Greece’s bailout program before the European electoral season starts in March, making an agreement likely, writes Stratfor.
Euro & Finance 13-10-2016

Joy and despair in European statistics

Europe needs more than temporary growth to boost its economy, write George Friedman and Antonia Colibasanu.
Energy 04-07-2016

Emissions injustices committed against Greece must be corrected

The EU established its criteria for awarding free CO2 emission allowances in 2013. However, it failed to take into account the tough economic conditions that lay ahead, writes Georgios Andriotis.
Euro & Finance 12-10-2015

Europe needs a new economic reform agenda

Europe's governments must make tough reforms to bring back competitiveness and prosperity to EU economies, writes Gunnar Hökmark.
EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2015

In search of a vision for Europe

No matter what happens today, Europe's leaders will be judged by history, not on how much they spent or saved, but for their vision, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Euro & Finance 26-05-2015

Austerity is the only deal breaker

The view that Greece has not achieved sufficient fiscal consolidation is not just false; it is patently absurd. Clearly, creditors’ demand for more austerity has nothing to do with concerns about genuine reform or moving Greece onto a sustainable fiscal path, writes Yanis Varoufakis.

Helping the homeless is not a political choice

Athens this week defied the Commission by enacting new social inclusion measures for the homeless. But denying Greek citizens their fundamental right to housing assistance would be a breach of EU law, argue Freek Spinnewijn and Marc Uhry. 
Euro & Finance 16-03-2015

How we deal with Greece now will determine Europe’s political course

The EU's response to the Greek debt crisis will set the bloc's political direction for years to come. If we continue to choke the debtor, we risk drowning all of Europe, argue Ernest Maragall and Jordi Angusto. 

Nobody is exempt from social justice and concerns for the poor

Today, 20 February, is World Social Justice Day. This is a good occasion to remind European policy makers that they cannot act as if they were exempt from concerns for the poor and for social justice, writes Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa. 
Euro & Finance 17-02-2015

Many of Greece’s problems were aggravated by the EU

We must recognise that many of Greece's problems were aggravated by the behaviour of the European Union, writes Maria João Rodrigues.

Europe must not abandon Greece in its hour of need

Negotiations between the new Greek government and the European institutions are fast approaching the point where lines will have to be drawn and clear positions taken. At that point, the likelihood (or not) of reaching an agreement will become clearer, writes Ernest Maragall MEP.
Elections 23-01-2015

Polanyi’s lesson for Europe

On January 25, Greece will decide whether to transform the anti-austerity Syriza Bloc from a once-radical sideshow into the central player in Greek politics – a development that can either be treated as an opportunity or an ill omen, writes Gregory Fuller.
Elections 23-01-2015

Greece gives the EU a chance to rediscover its social responsibility

The European Union should not be afraid of Syriza winning the Greek election, but see it as a chance to rediscover its founding principle: the social dimension that created it and without which it cannot survive, writes Marianna Fotaki. 
Global Europe 20-01-2015

Greece at the tipping point

The strategic significance of Greece as a stabilising force, and its democratic values, with undeniable soft power in the Arab world, has once again emerged in the regional scene. Athens should assume this role once again, writes Eva Kaili.
Euro & Finance 13-11-2014

Message to Germany: Do not waste Spain’s reform efforts

Austerity measures dictated by Berlin and the IMF, have saved several European economies, but have otherwise produced mixed results. Miguel Otero-Iglesias says that in order to remedy this situation, Germany must take an extra step, and reward countries like Spain, in exchange for accepting its disciplinary dictates.
EU Priorities 2020 23-09-2014

Germany’s economic mirage

Germany’s economy needs an overhaul. Policymakers should focus on boosting productivity, not “competitiveness,” with workers being paid their due, writes Philippe Legrain.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Global Europe 01-07-2014

What does Europe mean to Lula?

The former Brazilian president has shared his vision for Europe, calling on the continent’s progressive forces to offer hope and perspective to the most vulnerable parts of society, rather than leave them in the far right’s hands.
Euro & Finance 06-08-2013

Troika stand in the way of Greek reforms

The Greek government wants to move ahead with reforms, yet the Troika – insisting on numbers rather than on reforms – is blocking the government, writes Anna Visvizi.

Portugal: The long and painful path of austerity

If the conclusions from the last EU summit refer to the “social challenge” of unemployment, the European Commission can now be considered the more realistic of EU institutions in referring to a “social crisis,” writes Klaus Heeger.
Trade & Society 04-03-2013

Europe, unemployment and instability

Countries with relatively low wages ought to have a competitive advantage over German exports. However, many have negative balances of trade, writes George Friedman.
Development Policy 28-02-2013

Spain can be a trailblazer in this new age of aid austerity

Spain's aid budget may be contracting sharply, but with greater craft and focus it can demonstrate that money isn't everything, writes Jonathan Glennie.

How crisis policies threaten the EU’s social dimension

The weakening of the social flank in southern Europe has repercussions elsewhere in the EU, putting the trade unions and left-wing parties under further pressure, argue Klaus Busch, Christoph Hermann, Karl Hinrichs and Thorsten Schulten.