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European Pillar of Social Rights

The lights from Porto: a small step towards a Social Union?

By Maurizio Ferrera / 11 May, 2021

Some social federalists are disappointed: the Social Summit in Porto was downgraded to little more than a series of workshops, Angela Merkel only appeared online, the final declaration was tepid and the full endorsement of the European Commission’s Action Plan has been delayed to the June session of the European […]

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Artificial Intelligence and social rights: a first assessment

By Brando Benifei / 28 April, 2021

The EC’s recent proposal for AI regulation is the first of its kind in the world. It is an excellent base to shape a domain that opens enormous opportunities. But the door for abuses and wide interpretation by some member states, as well as by illiberal regimes worldwide, is not […]

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A European Social Pillar to shape a larger transformation

By Maria João Rodrigues / 26 January, 2021

An action plan is being prepared to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. But this is also the time to take a long-term perspective, and to reflect on what should be the social dimension of the European project for the next phase. Let us first recall what kind of […]

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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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After 10 years of economic crisis and austerity, the first signs of a European spring?

By Luca Visentini / 29 May, 2017

It is ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-8. Ten years lost and wasted. Ten dark years that have been like an ice age in which the hopes and aspirations of working people were frozen. A banking crisis led to government debt crisis. Economic crisis led to political crisis. […]

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The European Pillar of Social Rights

By Martin Höpner / 17 May, 2017

On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of a European pillar of social rights. These documents had a long gestation. On his entry into office in July 2014, President Juncker had already promised a strengthening of the social dimension of the EU, and he […]

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