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Things must change so that nothing will stay the same

By Miguel Costa Matos / 1 April, 2020

We are truly facing a crisis of overwhelming proportions. The pandemic is costing thousands of lives across the globe and meanwhile the need to keep social distancing is not only reshaping our way of life as a society, but forcefully tanking entire sectors of economic activity and with it the...

The corona-crisis: a momentum for progressive policies?

By Conny Reuter / 30 March, 2020

To the daily horror of statistics on the infection, on death tolls and exponential developments, the answers that governments try to give at national level, the support packages for jobs and the economy shall not be the only political response. Progressives in governmental responsibility certainly need to act on the...

COVID-19 and the uncertain future of the transatlantic bond

By Nathalie Tocci / 26 March, 2020

COVID-19, the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, will likely become a defining feature of our age. This is not simply because this global crisis will probably have political, economic, and social repercussions reverberating across all world regions for years to come. It is mainly because these consequences may well...

COVID-19 and the Old Consensus

By Paolo Pasimeni / 24 March, 2020

For all too long, the almost unchallenged consensus about macroeconomic policies was that monetary policy was only for short-term stabilisation and fiscal policy only for balancing budgets. Even the Centre Left had subscribed to this idea. On social standards, a race to the bottom followed, with decreasing investments in health...

Corona Virus, the greatest test to our values and choices

By Maria João Rodrigues / 20 March, 2020

With COVID 19, humankind seems to be confronted with one of the biggest global vital challenges ever. A highly contagious virus without vaccine seems to melt down the social fabric in almost all areas of our collective life. This will be a hard test for our human bodies, but also...

From Enragement to Enlargement

By László Andor / 13 March, 2020

The failure to move Albania and North-Macedonia into EU accession candidate status last October made the governments and the citizens of these two countries pretty upset. Friends of enlargement were appalled by the perceived arrogance and ignorance of France and the other non-supporters of the case. This was, however, not...

Gender pay gap: The venom is in the tail(s)

By Janna Besamusca / 6 March, 2020

The persistent gender pay gap is increasingly difficult to explain. In the past, it was mostly due to women’s lower educational qualifications and shorter work experience. Today however, only about a third of the gap is due to women working in lower paid occupations or sectors. As knowledge is empowering,...

Time for Pay Transparency

By Esther Lynch / 6 March, 2020

Despite years of fighting for equality, women in the EU still earn considerably less than men. One of the reasons is gender pay secrecy. EC President von der Leyen promised to bring forward an initiative on pay transparency, which could be a real game changer. So far however, the results...

EU budget: the level of European ambition is the real issue!

By Maria João Rodrigues / 25 February, 2020

The last European Council’s negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2028 were a big disappointment. We are running out of time, a deal must be reached over the next months, but we are still far from this and some dramatic moments will come. Beyond small calculations on...

Immigration: defending openness against isolationism

By Philippe Fargues / 21 February, 2020

Migration has ceased to be a hot topic. Now that the crisis is over, the European Union (EU) is devoting only limited space to it. In the Commission’s 2020 Work programme, “A Union that strives for more“, there are two brief mentions of migration: one to welcome the progress made...

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