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An historical breakthrough for the European Union?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 30 May, 2020

All crucial moments in the history of European integration have been like this: a deep crisis, a risk of collapse, a new collective solution. Will it be like this this time around? When the current legislature began, the European Union already had challenges enough: big power games on the global...

Protecting health and data privacy

By Ivana Bartoletti / 18 May, 2020

Ethics and privacy are back to the top of the agenda in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that we are talking so much about Zoom’s privacy settings now is because we know personal information matters. They are the bedrock of our tech-driven societies, but they are also...

It is time for the courage to show solidarity!

By Gesine Schwan / 4 May, 2020

The Corona crisis has finally exposed the danger of the “private over state” priority practiced in the past thirty years. For a while already, the need to adequately finance public goods had become clear in many places. Now, no reasonable person will contradict that anymore. In view of our European...

What is at stake is… well, everything!

By Shahin Vallee / 27 April, 2020

President Macron was correct when he hailed the recent meeting of the European Council as a “moment of truth”. There are essentially two truths that were revealed by this meeting, two truths which are likely to shape the way the EU and its monetary union will be going forward. The...

Inventing a new EU budgetary capacity?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 24 April, 2020

The European Council in face of historical responsibilities. It seems like the European Council started realising the real scope of this crisis. This is not only a daunting health threat taking everyone by surprise, this is bringing the deepest economic slump in the last ninety years and which will magnify...

Health, inequality and democracy in the light of the Corona crisis

By Gabor Scheiring / 23 April, 2020

The first phase of the battle against the coronavirus is getting close to its end. However, as John Maynard Keynes warned, it is not enough to win the war but we need to win the peace too. Already before the current one, Europe was facing a multiplicity of crises, each...

The reconstruction of the European economy after the Corona pandemic

By Gerhard Stahl / 12 April, 2020

While European governments are aware of the need for solidarity and a common answer to the corona pandemic, the concrete form of this solidarity is still debated. The recent decision of the EU Economy and Finance ministers on a support package of around 500 Billion Euro are an important step...

Trial and error in pandemic times

By László Andor / 7 April, 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been widely publicised that the medical significance of hand washing was discovered by a 19thcentury Hungarian doctor, Ignác (Ignaz) Semmelweis. It may as well be striking how recent this discovery is, but also that the doctor introducing it was facing ferocious resistance from...

Only a ‘New Deal’ can rescue the European project!

By Maria João Rodrigues / 7 April, 2020

The combined sanitary and economic crisis that the new corona virus brings upon us may in the short term seem one that affects some EU Member States more than others. But it will soon become a systemic crisis for the EU as a whole and not just for the Eurozone. Only a very bold and ambitious plan, combining...

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...

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