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Ecological transition: the ECB and budgetary authorities referred to their responsibilities

By Michael Vincent / 4 December, 2018

The 2018/19 European Semester, which coordinates the member states’ economic policies every year, has just been launched. This provides an opportunity to question the contribution of the mix of monetary and budgetary policies to the ecological transition. Paradoxically, it appears it is the ECB that is most advanced in this...

More transparency rules, less tax avoidance

By Leyla Ates / 12 November, 2018

The European Council has taken important steps to enhance the exchange of information between tax administrations in order to promote tax transparency and fair tax systems in EU countries. This in turn creates a deeper and fairer single market. However, ambiguity in disclosure obligations and a high threshold requirement risks...

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Creating a European Labour Authority: what are the political and legal constraints?

By Sofia Fernandes / 31 October, 2018

The creation of a European Labour Authority (ELA) is part of the European Commission’s initiatives aimed at ensuring fairer worker mobility within the EU. The challenges to make it efficient and social however are high.   After proposing a revision of a set of European rules on the free movement...

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A Single Market for many Labour Markets

By Jan Cremers / 30 October, 2018

The European Commission plans to set up a European Labour Authority (ELA) to ensure and control social standards for those who work in another Member State. Jan Cremers, however, says it lacks teeth. The ELA’s main task should be to complement, monitor and supervise the activities of labour inspectorates and...

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European elections 2019: can the SPD recover ?

By Jana Faus / 28 October, 2018

After the SPD’s historically low result in the November 2017 federal elections, the German Social Democrats entrusted the analysis of the defeat to a commission of 5 experts, who presented their more than 100 pages strong report Aus Fehlern lernen (‘learning from errors’) to the public in June 2018. Amongst...

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Change living conditions to counter social chauvinism

By Oliver Nachtwey / 28 October, 2018

In the early 20th century, many thought leaders of Social Democracy were convinced that “new social risks” – such as demographic change – would shape the social conflict of the future. Instead of the conflict between capital and labour, the social question would increasingly play out in conflict and problems...

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The Polish left and the Poland’s women’s fight for survival

By Krystyna Kacpura / 28 October, 2018

Polish women are literally fighting for their lives. The present women’s movement in Poland, illustrated by the Black Protests, represents a challenge to the right-wing government and anti-gender groups who mobilise against policies of equality, women’s reproductive rights and anti-discrimination. It is also an opportunity for the Left to come...

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Ireland…Finally

By Lizzie O’Shea / 28 October, 2018

On 25 May 2018, when Irish voters flocked to support the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the constitution, the women of Ireland won reproductive rights that had been taken from them three decades prior. They also provided inspiration to women fighting for their rights all around the world. Reproductive...

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Will the 2018 heatwave reignite the climate change debate?

By Jean Pascal van Ypersele / 28 October, 2018

While Europe was baking in this summer’s heatwave – a consequence of climate change that no-one talks about, but which should be on everyone’s mind – Belgian physicist and climatologist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is not impressed by the efforts of politicians, not least the European ones.   Progressive Post: The...

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A Progressive Response to Unilateral Protectionism: Good Trade

By Arancha Gonzalez / 28 October, 2018

Progressives have long had mixed feelings about globalisation. The reasons for this are understandable: progressives support the equality of opportunities and they fight excessive inequality. International trade and market openings do not necessarily lead to inequality, but they do, by definition, have uneven effects.   While trade makes countries richer...