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Rethinking economic reconstruction in Europe

By Lukas Hochscheidt / 23 June, 2020

Only a true paradigm shift can make Europe’s economies crisis-proof and address increasing wealth gaps. The European Union needs to turn away from restrictive fiscal rules, and expand its own resources as well as public investment. The famous board game Monopoly teaches children from the earliest age the driving principles...

A new generation pact for a sustainable and resilient European economy

By Nuno Almeida Eça / 29 May, 2020

The corona pandemic had demonstrated some of the fragilities of our current economic system. Like CO2-emissions, the virus does not care about borders. It affects a country independently of its economic situation and it puts at risk the health of all citizens. However, the poorest and the most vulnerable are...

We can’t return to normal because the past normal was precisely the problem

By Nancy Yuk / 29 May, 2020

As the commission has laid out its proposal for an ambitious COVID-19 recovery plan of 750 billion Euro – which rightly prioritises solidarity and action – more than a common debt will be needed to tackle the climate issue. The EU should not, and cannot, afford to forget what Ursula...

Can the EU’s recovery plan also succeed in advancing green goals?

By Iain Begg / 29 May, 2020

Two themes will dominate EU policymaking over the next few years: the medium and longer term ‘green deal’ and the much more immediate imperative of an effective response to the Covid-19 economic crisis. Can they be reconciled or does the one risk crowding out the other at a time of...

Does Europe care about care?

By Barbara Helfferich / 8 May, 2020

The EU’s new gender strategy finally puts care work more solidly at the centre of our economic activity. ‘At a snail’s pace.’ That was the conclusion of the latest Gender Equality Index, which measures and compares the progress on gender equality in the European Union. The pay gap still stands at...

Debt monetisation for the emergency, EU bonds for the recovery

By Alberto Botta / 27 April, 2020

The three authors unveil a strategy to fight the COVID-19 emergency and to relaunch the European economy The global spread of the Covid-19 crisis is now in the headlines worldwide, and it is at the centre of discussions among politicians, policymakers, scientists and common people alike. The spread of the...

What is at stake is… well, everything!

By Shahin Vallee / 27 April, 2020

President Macron was correct when he hailed the recent meeting of the European Council as a “moment of truth”. There are essentially two truths that were revealed by this meeting, two truths which are likely to shape the way the EU and its monetary union will be going forward. The...

The reconstruction of the European economy after the Corona pandemic

By Gerhard Stahl / 12 April, 2020

While European governments are aware of the need for solidarity and a common answer to the corona pandemic, the concrete form of this solidarity is still debated. The recent decision of the EU Economy and Finance ministers on a support package of around 500 Billion Euro are an important step...

Only a ‘New Deal’ can rescue the European project!

By Maria João Rodrigues / 7 April, 2020

The combined sanitary and economic crisis that the new corona virus brings upon us may in the short term seem one that affects some EU Member States more than others. But it will soon become a systemic crisis for the EU as a whole and not just for the Eurozone. Only a very bold and ambitious plan, combining...

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Why Ireland’s low tax policy has survived for so long

By David Jacobson / 2 December, 2019

Ireland has had an industrial policy based on low corporate tax. This was first applied only to Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Later, on the insistence of the EU, it was applied across the board. But MNEs were still able to exploit some tax provisions that enabled them to have significant advantages...

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