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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....