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How The Eurozone Can Be Reformed

How The Eurozone Can Be Reformed | real utopias | Scoop.it
The 50th anniversary issue of Intereconomics is out, and I have a contribution which summarises how I think the Eurozone could succeed without deeply probl
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A Visegrad Plan For Rebuilding European Cohesion

A Visegrad Plan For Rebuilding European Cohesion | real utopias | Scoop.it
In February 1991, presidents of three nascent European democracies convened at a castle near Budapest to proclaim their common desire to return to Europe.
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Lies, Damn Lies, And European Growth Statistics

Lies, Damn Lies, And European Growth Statistics | real utopias | Scoop.it
“Greece has at last returned to economic growth.” That was the official European Union storyline at the end of 2014. Alas, Greek voters, unimpressed by thi
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European Labour Law: Floor Of Rights - Or Ceiling?

European Labour Law: Floor Of Rights - Or Ceiling? | real utopias | Scoop.it
It is important the vision of EU labour law as a ceiling of rights is discarded, and an alternative as a ‘safety net’ embraced once more.
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Towards A European Pillar Of Social Rights

Towards A European Pillar Of Social Rights | real utopias | Scoop.it

In March 2016 the European Commission presented the preliminary outline of a European Pillar of Social Rights as part of the work undertaken towards a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The Pillar is not meant to introduce new social rights and principles, but rather to complement and operationalise the existing EU social “acquis”, namely the competences and rights in the social field set out in EU law. Understood as official recognition that the reactions to the Eurozone crisis neglected the EU’s social dimension, the Pillar definitely has symbolic merit. However, does the draft text of the Pillar live up to the expectations of providing a counterweight to the economic rationale dominating post-crisis EU governance? This contribution aims to highlight the shortcomings that need to be addressed, if the EU aspires to drive future social reforms via the Pillar.

 

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Europe Can Do Better: Good Jobs, Worker Participation And Investment

Europe Can Do Better: Good Jobs, Worker Participation And Investment | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Hans Böckler Stiftung and the European Trade Union Institute co-organised the European Dialogue 2016. The event took place in Brussels on 14th and 15th
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Slavoj Žižek on Europe and the refugee crisis

Acclaimed author and philosopher Slavoj Žižek talks to Cathy Newman on the issues facing Europe including the ongoing refugee crisis.
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The European Pillar of Social Rights – no ‘social triple A’ for Europe

The European Pillar of Social Rights – no ‘social triple A’ for Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
Daniel Seikel Shortly after his appointment, the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, promised to strengthen the social dimension
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Putting The EU Wrongs Right: The Trade Union View

Putting The EU Wrongs Right: The Trade Union View | real utopias | Scoop.it
Luca Visentini Haven’t we all had enough of the doom-mongers predicting the end of the EU? Of comparisons to the last days of the Roman Empire or – worse s
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Why We Need To Rewrite The Maastricht Rules

Why We Need To Rewrite The Maastricht Rules | real utopias | Scoop.it
John Weeks The 1992 Treaty of Maastricht that lay the basis for the euro committed signing governments to several economic targets. Subsequent treaties and
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Restoring Power To Politics: A Eurozone Finance Ministry

Restoring Power To Politics: A Eurozone Finance Ministry | real utopias | Scoop.it
Carlo Bordoni Mario Draghi’s proposal to create a European Treasury Ministry is the first step (after the euro) towards genuine European integration and an
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Why There Will Be No Brexit

Why There Will Be No Brexit | real utopias | Scoop.it
British voters will decide on 23rd June 2016 whether to remain a member of the European Union or not. Anatole Kaletsky Among the multiple existential chall
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Why We Must Fight For A Different Kind Of Europe

Why We Must Fight For A Different Kind Of Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
Neal Lawson The pistol has now been fired for so many debates we are so badly prepared for. The future of Britain, the future of Europe, the future of Brit
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Families in the economic crisis: Changes in policy measures in the EU | Eurofound

Families in the economic crisis: Changes in policy measures in the EU | Eurofound | real utopias | Scoop.it

Throughout Europe families have felt the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008. This report describes their experience in the aftermath of the crisis, up to the present. It looks in detail at developments in 10 Member States that were selected to represent different types of family policy regime, ranging from those with the most ‘enabling’ policies (which help families move away from the traditional single ‘breadwinner’ model)

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The Threat That Will Save Europe

The Threat That Will Save Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
For the European Union, 2015 was another year of fundamental challenges. Two key elements of European integration – the euro and border-free travel within the Schengen Area – were placed under severe strain. And neither is in the clear. Nonetheless, one development in 2015 offers reason to hope that EU leaders will move beyond “muddling …
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Slavoj Žižek & Yanis Varoufakis about Europe grievances (funny)

Fragment taken from the conference "Europe is Kaput. Long live Europe!"
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Yanis Varoufakis: Europe is being broken apart by refugee crisis - The Guardian

Yanis Varoufakis: Europe is being broken apart by refugee crisis - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Former Greek finance minister says the monetary union has ‘failed spectacularly’ leaving Europe too fragmented to respond to influx of refugees
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The Disintegration Of Europe

The Disintegration Of Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
If a clear signal was needed that the European Union is falling apart at an alarming rate, Hungary’s construction of razor-wire fences along the border with its fellow EU member Croatia is it. The crisis in the eurozone has, of course, fragmented financial flows, caused economies to diverge, eroded political support for EU institutions, and …
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European Views On The UK’s Renegotiation: France, The Netherlands, Slovenia And Latvia » Social Europe

The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, …
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The Future Of Britain And Europe

The Future Of Britain And Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
With the countdown to an In/Out Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Professor Simon Hix discusses possible options for the reform of Britain’s relationship with the EU and the likely long-term consequences for the UK and the EU of a Yes or a No vote. The introduction is by Craig Calhoun, Director …
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What To Do About Europe?

What To Do About Europe? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Yannis Varoufakis joins Franco „Bifo“ Berardi, Srećko Horvat and Guillaume Paoli in Berlin to discuss 'what to do about Europe?'
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How To Make EU Social Policy Live Up To Its Name

How To Make EU Social Policy Live Up To Its Name | real utopias | Scoop.it
The economic crisis battering the EU and the EU’s response to it have posed a major challenge to the European social model. Not only have trade unions been highly critical of what the EU has done, but so has Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. In his first speech to the European Parliament he said: The measures …
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The Euro’s Future Is Secure, But It May Not Be The One That We Expect

The Euro’s Future Is Secure, But It May Not Be The One That We Expect | real utopias | Scoop.it
Mark Blyth looks beyond the Greek crisis and explains why the Euro's future enow depends on integration into a new emerging growth model.
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The left must now campaign to leave the EU | Owen Jones

The left must now campaign to leave the EU  | Owen Jones | real utopias | Scoop.it
Progressives should be appalled by European Union’s ruination of Greece. It’s time to reclaim the Eurosceptic cause
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation