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Let the coronavirus be the revival of a professionalised welfare state

By Mari Huupponen / 4 November, 2020

The first rule of the Swedish coronavirus strategy was to protect the elderly. But we failed. The welfare state, once the pride of the Social Democratic government, has been weakened by decades of austerity and profit-oriented management logic. As a part of building the welfare state in the 1960s and […]

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The cross-border care labour market in Central Europe: a myth of an egalitarian and integrated Europe

By Petra Ezzeddine / 4 November, 2020

The care crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on the everyday functioning of live-in care migration from Central and Eastern Europe. It presupposes the transnational lives of migrant care workers, but paradoxically also denies them at the same time. Germany and Austria are among the countries with […]

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EU and the Western Balkans: more than goodwill to speed up enlargement

By Knut Fleckenstein / 29 October, 2020

The Communication on EU-enlargement policy presented by the European Commission on 6 October is encouraging for the countries of the Western Balkans. Together with the EC’s Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans and the Covid-19 recovery plan, it shows a great deal of goodwill. The country reports consist […]

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New Zealand stays together in a troubled world

By Kathy Errington / 23 October, 2020

In the troubled times of the pandemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been re-elected with a landslide victory. It is the biggest victory of any party since New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996. And it is a resounding confirmation of PM Ardern’s stewardship during the […]

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The rule of law stalemate

By László Andor / 22 October, 2020

The seven-year financial framework and the recovery budget of the European Union have been taken hostage by a bitter dispute over the rule of law. The European Parliament (EP) asserts itself as a guardian of EU values, imposing its requirements at last on the spending machinery of the Union. The […]

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New Zealand’s unexpected heroine

By Grant Duncan / 21 October, 2020

Last week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won re-election with a landslide – confirming her solid lead in the country, as well as her status as an international progressive superstar. Only a few months before the 2017 elections however, she was not even expected to run as party […]

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For a European Semester that addresses inequalities

By Maria João Rodrigues / 12 October, 2020

Against the backdrop of the major EU recovery plan that was decided in July, the European Semester will play a key role in the implementation of the national recovery plans, that are to be submitted by mid-October. The reform of the Semester process was already in the pipeline, but it […]

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What should be done about the United Nations?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 21 September, 2020

The global health, climate and economic crises have led to a deterioration of the world order as we knew it. The gap between current global challenges and global governance is widening and weakening the multilateral system. A new, fair and inclusive multilateralism for the 21st century must be invented, write […]

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A too Teutonic talk

By László Andor / 17 September, 2020

As we learned from the great British historian Eric Hobsbawm, tradition is something that is invented. The tradition of State of the Union (SOTEU) speeches by the European Commission president was invented in 2010, in the wake of the great financial crisis. It has always provided a panorama of EU […]

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The 75th anniversary of the United Nations: the urgently needed reforms and their enemies

By Mario Teló / 8 September, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has shown the dramatic discrepancy between the scale of the current transnational challenges (public health, climate change, security, financial stability, extreme poverty, sustainable development, terrorism…) and the weakness of global governance. This gap was visible even before the pandemic, but became much more evident in early 2020. […]

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