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Advocating a truly preventive policy on employment

By Yasmin Fahimi / 23 June, 2014

The new General Secretary of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is keenly committed to issues related to the job market. Among other things, she advocates stronger codetermination and a new social contract to balance work and free time. She could talk to you for hours about working conditions and ways...

Subsidiarity: Meeting the challenge of a changing world

By Gerhard Stahl / 23 June, 2014

In an era of globalisation, the EU policy mechanism of subsidiarity offers European citizens an opportunity to reassert their democratic power. As the influence of Europe’s individual nation states continues to wane, it could also give policymakers the power to deal with the global challenges they face. So why is...

Fairer taxation for a fairer society

By Mojca Kleva Kekus / 27 February, 2014

An estimated one trillion euros are lost every year due to tax fraud and tax avoidance. Every year, the tax gap of European countries is practically equal to the EU seven-year budget. This amount is higher than what is spent on healthcare by all member states. This has become a...

Have we accurately assessed the challenge of climate change?

By Jean Pascal van Ypersele / 27 February, 2014

Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and professor of climatology at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele offers a reminder of what should be an obvious fact: if we want to protect the climate as decided in Copenhagen, instead of “reducing” CO2 emissions, we...

New trade agreements: A threat to democracy

By Robert Kuttner / 27 February, 2014

The proposed new trade agreements, the TPP for the Pacific region and the proposed T-TIP for the US and the EU, have little to do with trade and a lot to do with dismantling the capacity of governments to regulate markets in a broad public interest. In this, they are...

Parliaments and the EMU: a crossroads for Europe?

By Christian Deubner / 27 February, 2014

Parliaments clearly have a significant role to play in the reformed governance of the European Monetary Union (EMU). However, that involvement is not without its dilemmas. The reformed governance of EMU has brought with it difficulties for parliaments that are ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ in nature. The vertical challenge is that...

From welder to progressive leader

By Stefan Löfven / 27 February, 2014

From 1925 to 2006, the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) had five different leaders, a position that always came with a second job: prime minister. After eight turbulent years in opposition that have seen two party leaders come and go, 2014 offers new hopes, with both European and national elections....

Taking on the fight for gender equality

By Najat Vallaud-Belkacem / 27 February, 2014

From an early childhood in the Moroccan countryside, to the post of France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has already completed a remarkable journey. However, there is more to come from a 36-year-old who is determined to bring true equality for women in her adopted country. As France’s Minister...

“Ceci n’est pas une crise”

By Pierre Kroll / 27 February, 2014

We have to educate people and fight the nationalistic knee-jerk reactions that make rich and poor alike believe they have something to gain by pushing others away. We can—we must—take our task seriously, but not too seriously, and more importantly, laugh at our own misfortunes. People sometimes cross paths. They...

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