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Public housing, a creator of wealth

By Cédric Van Styvendael / 15 February, 2019

For the last ten years, policies in Europe’s cities have become more and more liberal. Yet housing is a major concern for Europe’s citizens. It is the duty of the Progressives to refocus their attention on affordable housing, says Cédric Van Styvendael, President of Housing Europe, the European federation of...

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Discover an overview of social housing in Europe

By FEPS / 14 February, 2019

 

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Who can afford to have a family life today?

By Sinead Pembroke / 24 January, 2019

‘The future of work’, is often discussed in relation to the inevitable effects of technology and doomsday scenarios of mass-unemployment. However, the increasing flexibility and precarity that we are witnessing today, are a consequence of decisions made by policymakers and businesses; they are not inevitable.   Precarious work precarious lives:...

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Social housing in a time of cutbacks

By Hannu Ruonavaara / 8 January, 2019

Social housing used to be one of the main instruments for governments to tackle housing problems in Europe in the post-World War II period. During the last decades many countries have experienced a government retrenchment from housing policy, involving cuts in government spending on housing, deregulation of housing markets and...

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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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Gender as a symbolic glue makes European freedom of education at stake

By Andrea Peto / 27 October, 2018

  During the last summer, the Hungarian government proposed to ban gender studies at universities. The position and role of conservative and far-right parties in the anti-gender mobilizations in Europe is not anymore a surprise. But this state intervention in university programmes shows that the concept of ‘gender’ become a...

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Protecting workers’ rights in a changing world of work

By Barbara Gerstenberger / 10 July, 2018

In her analysis of the European Commission’s proposals for a Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, Barbara Gerstenberger looks closely at the growing challenges posed by non-standard forms of employment and new forms of employment (e.g. casual work and platform employment).   Changes in the world of work have...

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EU’s working conditions’ proposals good but more needs to be done

By Siôn Simon / 10 July, 2018

MEP Siôn Simon gives his views on the issue of workers’ conditions in the 21st century in the context of the Commission’s legislative proposals for more transparent and predictable working conditions. The exponential growth of online platforms like Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon has created a new challenge for employment rights....

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The need for a european unemployment insurance

By Sebastian Dullien / 5 July, 2018

In this issue, former EU Commissioner László Andor has once again made a powerful plea for the introduction of a European unemployment insurance to stabilize the euro as Europe’s single currency and to provide the European Union with a fresh social impetus. Yet despite him having pushed the argument now...