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A gender power battle to bring equality into the labour market is underway

By Paola Panzeri / 21 June, 2018

The #Metoo movement unveiled a reality that most of us were afraid to admit but somehow all had experience of: in order to work, women have to respond to extra demands and be silent about it. From signing (illegal) dismissal letters in case of pregnancy to being asked during a...

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Disability doesn’t exist? Four things to do right away

By Laura Coccia / 8 June, 2018

Disability in the singular doesn’t exist. There are differently abled people whose abilities can all be developed with the right tools. Now, that would be the ideal situation, that each of us, in a large or small way, is working on every day. Still, to be able to do that...

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Social housing : the Vienna Model

By Michael Ludwig / 8 June, 2018

Numerous international delegations have travelled to see Vienna in the past couple of years to get to know its subsidised housing programme. Almost as often, the city has been invited to present the ‘Vienna Model’ abroad. Most of the topics broached focus on the overriding question: ‘How is Vienna doing...

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Erasmus for all?

By Sergei Stanishev / 13 February, 2018

Erasmus, the student exchange programme, is one of the EU’s greatest success stories. Now, we want to open it to everyone.   Mention European politics to a random sample of today’s young people and you will be lucky to get much more than shrugs or blank stares. But mention Erasmus,...

From Delors’ compact to Social Union

By László Andor / 9 February, 2018

Divergence between EU countries in terms of unemployment and poverty levels as well as working conditions has been identified as major destabilising factors in the European Union. The Gothenburg declaration by EU leaders about the European Pillar of Social Rights is only a first step to addressing these issues.  ...

Relaunching social Europe? The Pillar of Social Rights and EU governance

By Dimitris Tsarouhas / 8 February, 2018

The launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights has unleashed a fruitful debate, which is closely linked to the future of EU integration. Dr. Tsarouhas looks back at the launch of the Pillar and assesses what should be done now for it to fulfil its potential.   The renewed...

The Progressive Consumption Tax: Fiscal Magic?

By Robert H. Frank / 5 October, 2016

When all stand to get a better view at a concert or sporting event, none sees any better than if all had remained comfortably seated. Many forms of consumption spending are wasteful in analogous ways. Families spend more on their daughter’s wedding in the hope of staging a celebration that...

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Basic income: Feasible for the future

By Philippe Van Parijs / 20 May, 2016

The idea of an unconditional basic income is in fashion. From Finland to Switzerland, from San Francisco to Seoul, people talk about it as they have never done. Twice before, basic income was the object of a real public debate, albeit briefly and limited to one country at a time....