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Turning the clock forward

By Ursula Huws / 15 April, 2021

The Covid pandemic has drawn new attention to the key importance of personal services for household survival, ranging from food delivery to care services. But all too often such services are provided by precarious workers, often employed via online platforms. Platform work is widespread across Europe and growing rapidly, research […]

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‘Old’ rules and protections for the ‘new’ world of work

By Sacha Garben / 15 April, 2021

The labour status of people working in the online platform economy is key to their socio-economic protection. But it has proven a difficult issue for courts and regulators. The EU is considering introducing a ‘rebuttable presumption of employment’ to help address this problem. What could this entail exactly?  For some […]

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“Like a boss” – management by algorithm is taking over at the workplace

By Valerio de Stefano / 15 April, 2021

All managerial functions are now entrusted to algorithm-powered tools, raising large expectations and new risks. This trend is not confined to platform work. No economic sector is immune to the adoption of such systems. The EU institutions are engaged in a promising process that may lead to new regulatory solutions, […]

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Can you hear me now?

By Jackie Jones / 12 April, 2021

Resentment and realisation can take many forms. Have the different generations learnt anything from the pandemic? Will we change the way we look at life and our relationships after Covid-19? It is the first year of university for my nineteen-year-old son. No face-to-face tuition, freshers’ week, parties, or club meetings. […]

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Anti-government protests enter the parliament

By Kristian Vigenin / 9 April, 2021

Parliamentary elections took place in Bulgaria on 4 April. They were marked by the Covid-19 pandemic not only because of the additional precautionary measures taken in the polling stations on the election day but also because of the third wave of increasing infections and hospitalisations during the campaign period. This […]

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Bulgarian elections 2021: checkmate!

By Tsvetelina Penkova / 9 April, 2021

Like many other European countries, on 4 April Bulgaria faced the challenge of its parliamentary elections in the pandemic times of Covid-19. While it is noteworthy that for the first time in ten years the Bulgarian parliament managed to escape early elections, the way the elections were to be held […]

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The Bulgarian parliamentary elections of 4 April and the quest for a new social contract

By Georgi Pirinski / 9 April, 2021

The big winners of the 2021 parliamentary election in Bulgarian were three new parties, that will now enterparliament and that had championed last summer’s “Things Can’t Go on Like This” protests. The ‘systemic’ parties were punished, with prime minister Borissov’s GERB taking first place but with insufficient votes to form […]

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Bulgarian elections 2021: shattered status quo and the need to revive the left

By Teodor Slavev / 9 April, 2021

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, Bulgarians have firmly proved they want a political change by electing six parties to the National Assembly. Corruption, fear and protests influenced the election results on 4 April and cast a shadow over the prospects of a stable government. In the summer of […]

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How can we find a balance between free movement and shortages in the healthcare workforce in the EU?

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 7 April, 2021

In all European nations, life and health are one of the most important pillars of well-being. Indeed, health is the cultural backbone of our civilisation. Despite being cautious about a high tax burden, EU citizens want more health services of higher quality and they agree that higher health bills should […]

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Political parties in the time of Covid

By Luciano Bardi / 29 March, 2021

The Covid pandemic has exacerbated political parties’ separation from society and their ensuing loss of representativeness. Depending on whether they are in government or opposition, they have been transformed into representatives of the government in society or behind-the-scenes fomenters of societal discontent. Differences across parties thus depend more on their […]

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