László Andor

FEPS Secretary General. He was formerly the EU’s Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. From 2005 until 2010, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (London), representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia

Europe in 2020

The year 2020 will be recorded forever as one overshadowed by the new coronavirus. Needless to say, this was not the plan. Because there was a plan. A few of us clearly remember. The idea was that the European Union would pursue smart, sustainable and inclusive growth after the Great Recession (of 2009), and by …

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John Weeks (1941-2020)

This Summer, progressive economists lost a great thinker, author, teacher, activist and friend. I have known Prof. John Weeks for nearly three decades, starting with a visit at SOAS, and then an invitation to Budapest. During the post-1989 transition, those who refused to buy into the newly hegemonic neoliberal dogma, found his book Capital and …

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Europe’s Budget Revolution – From Covid-19 Recession to Progressive Reconstruction

The 2020 coronavirus crisis has pushed the European Union to a critical level of innovation regarding its fiscal capacity. The dogma of keeping the EU budget at around one per cent of the Gross National Income (GNI) and balancing it every year evaporated within a space of a few months. Notwithstanding some initial hesitation, the …

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The rule of law stalemate

The seven-year financial framework and the recovery budget of the European Union have been taken hostage by a bitter dispute over the rule of law. The European Parliament (EP) asserts itself as a guardian of EU values, imposing its requirements at last on the spending machinery of the Union. The declaration by the four leaders …

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A too Teutonic talk

As we learned from the great British historian Eric Hobsbawm, tradition is something that is invented. The tradition of State of the Union (SOTEU) speeches by the European Commission president was invented in 2010, in the wake of the great financial crisis. It has always provided a panorama of EU policies, sending out open or …

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The EU and COVID-19: what we learned so far

When life returns to the EU institutions and work restarts after the holiday season, it should be highlighted that the summer was not wasted. The European Council adopted critical, innovative and to some extent revolutionary decisions to create an effective fiscal capacity against the recession that has been triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The main …

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Driving Europe to a new era

On the 1st of July, Germany took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council. For some, and especially for the readers of the late sociologist Ulrich Beck, the significance of this might be questionable.

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