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Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

How the EU can emerge from coronavirus stronger – and greener

When the EU re-emerges from this crisis, what will it look like? Will it be stronger and more adept at responding to future crises like climate change? Or will it be weaker, unable to address the concerns of Europeans and in danger of breaking apart? A lot depends on what happens this Wednesday, writes a group of authors from the Jacques Delors Institute.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

2020 will go down in history as the EU’s turning point thanks to COVID-19

In the two months since mid-March, the European Union has seen a change of course that was unthinkable at the start of the year. Entrenched taboos are falling away, and things that had been awaited for more than 20 years are happening within days and weeks. We must not waste this historic moment, writes Luca Jahier.
Economy & Jobs 01-05-2020

How to solve the crisis? Strengthen workers’ voices.

In a matter of a few weeks, the political challenges facing Europe have changed dramatically, with the unfolding health and economic crisis. In the previous economic turmoil, our collective response was to weaken the rights of the worker. This time it must be different, argue Danish MEPs Marianne Vind, Nikolaj Villumsen and Kira Marie Peter-Hansen.
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2020

Time for a European public export credit insurance programme?

Over the last decade, public export credit insurance has become one of the major instruments of trade policy, used to support and encourage exports. According to the figures of Berne Union members, public credit insurance covered more than one trillion of US dollars of new transactions in 2018, writes Matija Vodoplav.

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.
Brexit 12-11-2015

British citizens must stand up for the EU

Cameron’s EU renegotiation may be too little too late for the Eurosceptics. The rise of their "Out" campaign threatens the livelihoods and social protection of thousands of UK citizens, writes Jude Kirton-Darling. 

The autumn of our discontent?

EU policy makers will have to hold their nerve in this autumn’s intense and challenging legislative period, writes Jan Techau. 
Competition 07-05-2015

Seven questions and three recommendations about TTIP

TTIP is currently “too big to fly”. Pierre Defraigne offered his vision for the future of TTIP in a speech to the European Business summit.
Global Europe 18-01-2013

Where are you going, Ukraine?

For experts and analysts, the new year traditionally begins with the definition of the main trends of social, political and economic development. Actions in Ukraine show that some trends will have significant implications for the Ukrainian society, argues Lidiya Smola.
Euro & Finance 04-01-2013

Europe in 2013: A year of decision

If the Europeans do not generate a solution to the financial crisis in 2013, it is time to seriously doubt whether a solution is possible and therefore to think about the future of Europe without the European Union or with a very weakened one, argues George Friedman.

The EU needs to take gender equality seriously

A 2011 Eurobarometer survey found that 88% of Europeans consider that women should be equally represented in company leadership positions. Let’s hope that the directly-elected members of the European Parliament and member states are listening, says Gabriele Suder.
Oil and Industry 23-10-2012

What to expect from the Ukrainian elections

Public dissatisfaction in Ukraine is rising but – paradoxically – it is “non-political”. Public willingness to join protests grow not because of the political situation, but due to worsening economic conditions, says Wojciech Kono?czuk.
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2012

Can Eastern Europe escape the eurozone crisis?

Countries in Eastern Europe have until now shown remarkable economic resilience, after being hit harder by the 2008–2009. But their economic future relies on a new model of growth, argues Jana Grittersova.
Elections 20-05-2012

Putin’s new economic policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was inaugurated for a new six-year mandate on 7 May, has signed ambitious decrees, but very little is expected to change in the way the country will deal with foreign investors, argues Bogdan Sumenko.
Global Europe 10-02-2011

Time to overhaul the European Union’s role in North Africa

The relationship between North Africa and Europe has always been a special one, and the EU has developed schemes to help the economic development of the region. Without liberalising agricultural imports, this development is unlikely to succeed though, writes Sinan Ülgen of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), an Istanbul-based think-tank.
Euro & Finance 28-06-2010

Keynes and social democracy today

Limiting the power of financial markets will improve their ability to help achieve the central goals of any civilised society, writes Robert Skidelsky, a member of the UK House of Lords and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University.

Towards a Transatlantic Green New Deal

"A Global Green New Deal will only work if it succeeds in addressing both pressing environmental priorities and pressing social needs in industrialised and in developing countries," argues a June report by Worldwatch Institute prepared for the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
EU Priorities 2020 05-05-2009

G20 London summit: After the dust has settled

"The US-China relationship is becoming the most important bilateral relationship in the world," writes Stanley Crossick, the founder of the European Policy Centre, in a March blog post reflecting on the outcome of the recent G20 summit in London.
EU Priorities 2020 27-03-2009

Germany in 2009

While Germany successfully managed its dual presidency of the European Union and G8 in 2007, a year later the country stands accused of making weak and contradictory commitments on many issues, particularly foreign and social policies, write Claire Demesmay and Hans Stark in a March paper for the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).
Brexit 25-11-2008

G20 should be main forum for global economic governance

"The G8 has been more and more eclipsed by the G20," which should now become the main forum for global economic governance, argues Eberhard Rhein, a lecturer on economic policy at the Malta-based Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies, in a post on Blogactiv.
Brexit 14-11-2008

The financial crisis: Three ways out for Europe

If Europe is to successfully find a way out of the financial crisis, the euro zone "urgently requires three reforms," writes Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, for the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2008

Europe’s banking crisis: A call to action

Trust among financial institutions is disappearing and there is a risk that fear will spread more widely, argue a group of prominent professors and directors, all of whom have signed a Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) petition calling on national governments to provide a Europe-wide solution to the banking crisis.
Trade & Society 01-09-2008

China as an international investor: in a class of its own

China is in a "class of its own" among the BRIC group of fast-growing economic powers and will "replace the United States as the world's largest economy by 2040," says Markus Jaeger of Deutsche Bank Research in an August paper. BRIC also comprises Brazil, Russia and India.
Enlargement 20-08-2008

Future prospects for Turkey’s economy

Confidence in Turkey’s long-term economic prospects is growing but further labour market reforms, increased spending on education, better transparency of public finances and a more credible monetary policy are required if the country is to maintain its recent impressive growth, according to Rauf Gönenç, the senior officer responsible for Turkey at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), writing for EURACTIV Turkey.