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With the groan of a man, George Floyd, humanity shivers with racism, so does Europe

By Cécile Kashetu Kyenge / 29 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has prompted Europe to question its own racism, even if it does not always seem that easy. Racism needs to be understood as an ideology that puts one human group over one or more other groups, with abusive behaviour as a logical consequence. But it...

Black Lives Matter: a new moment for transformation

By Neera Tanden / 18 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has propelled the largest sustained protest movement in the history of the United States. It was the final straw in bringing about widespread, focused, and multiracial opposition after years and years of endemic police brutality, systemic racism, and divisive politics. The sheer scale of it,...

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...

Europe Day in corona times: putting people over profit

By Luca Visentini / 8 May, 2020

European unity is needed more than ever in face of the unprecedented health emergency. We have not seen such a fatal global pandemic for over a century – since the 1918 so-called Spanish Flu. Tackling the corona virus is rightly the top priority, even though it comes at a high...

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...

Debt monetisation for the emergency, EU bonds for the recovery

By Alberto Botta / 27 April, 2020

The three authors unveil a strategy to fight the COVID-19 emergency and to relaunch the European economy The global spread of the Covid-19 crisis is now in the headlines worldwide, and it is at the centre of discussions among politicians, policymakers, scientists and common people alike. The spread of 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...

Highway to Health?

By Agnieszka Januszczyk / 20 April, 2020

Reconciling Freedom of Movement and Social Cohesion in the European Health Sectors Can we preserve freedom of movement in the European Union (EU) and ensure at the same time that those who “stay home” are not left behind? Or, more precisely, can we ensure that the mobility of health professionals...

The coronavirus crisis exposes the systemic exploitation between the EU’s West and East

By Elena Zacharenko / 20 April, 2020

The coronavirus crisis starkly highlights the true value of care work, its gendered and regionalised nature, and the scarcity of its supply in an economy which fails to recognise these factors. On 26 March, only a couple of weeks into the introduction of border closures across the EU in attempt...

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