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Treating Europe’s hidden pandemic: mental ill-health

As we contemplate the building of a health union, we can no longer ignore mental health problems which will affect one in two people at some point in their life. The EU’s approach to health must go beyond physical ailments. Our Union already has the mandate to protect our well-being and can make a tangible […]

Geopoliticising European development policy? Assessing the new EU external action budget framework

When the former German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, became President of the European Commission in December 2019, she pledged to transform the EU into a more relevant geopolitical actor. While Europe’s identity had for a long time been rooted in the idea of the Union exerting normative power, that is, influencing the global […]

The EU must deliver on housing now

In early March 2022, EU housing ministers met informally for the first time in almost ten years. They had much to discuss – the housing crisis in Europe is evident. There is no country, no region, and no city where people are not suffering from the rising cost of housing. The ministers’ response was ambivalent. […]

Making the international corporate tax system work for all

The international community seems to be moving towards a historic agreement on the taxation of multinational corporations, hoping to end the race to the bottom by imposing a global minimum tax. At their meeting in Rome, the G20 leaders endorsed the underlying framework created under the auspices of the OECD. The current 100-year-old system was […]

Tax agenda for a fair recovery

The year of 2020 brought us a pandemic and the most severe economic shock of our lives. Notwithstanding, while facing both challenges, member states were still able to come together and find joint ways to address the health crisis and to deliver on a recovery package, designed to relaunch our economy. The European Union showed, […]