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UNited for a fairer and more sustainable recovery

Imagine playing a football match with half of the team seated on the bench. Or rowing a boat with only one oar. Or playing a game of chess without the full complement of rooks and knights. The results of all three of these scenarios would be sub-optimal. Now imagine trying to recover from one of […]

Progressives and a new social contract – arduous pathways from the semi-periphery

More than 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, many hopes, aspirations, and expectations of the people in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe are unfulfilled despite full membership of their countries in the European Union. A new generation of leaders, based on broad, inclusive, and progressive social alliances, is necessary to achieve advanced […]

Covid-19: donating vaccines is not enough!

The Covid-19 pandemic has widened the North-South divide. The poorest countries and the poorest people are always paying the highest price. Rich countries’ response is not up to the challenge: donations of vaccines are not enough – radical changes need to be undertaken! Covid-19 has demonstrated how deeply a crisis can affect and threaten lives […]

Facing the risks: making strategic autonomy work in practice

Over time, the concept of European strategic autonomy has come to encapsulate the EU’s desire to chart its own (foreign) policy course according to its own laws, interests, and values. At risk of being sucked into the emerging whirlpool of intensifying global competition, if not unbridled US-China rivalry, the case for such an objective seems […]

Wages linked to performance lead to increased inequality

Wage inequality is on the rise, pushed by technological change, globalisation and trade, and institutional deregulation. It is a problem of fairness. But inequality itself also has negative effects on the economy as a whole. Increasingly, this inequality can be traced back to companies and pay setting. Companies increasingly differ in their productivity and revenue. […]

The question that haunts President Joe Biden: can the US deliver on climate?

President Biden has placed climate change at the centre of US domestic and foreign policy. Yet the wide partisan divide on the issue in the United States threatens to hinder the efforts of his administration to increase global climate ambitions. The Earth Day Summit will provide an important opportunity for the United States to demonstrate […]

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