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El dramático deterioro de la España y de la Europa social

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omo bien señala el informe Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 (de donde saco la mayoría de datos de este artículo), “la bajada de salarios parece haber llevado solamente a mayores beneficios empresariales” (p. 17). En realidad, un tanto parecido ocurrió y continúa ocurriendo en Alemania, donde los precios de los productos exportados no han cambiado un ápice durante todos estos años. El precio no ha sido la variable determinante del tamaño de las exportaciones. No tiene, pues, sentido que continúe enfatizándose que se bajen los salarios para que bajen los precios y nos hagamos más competitivos, cuando el precio no es el factor determinante de las exportaciones. Pero además de errónea, la aplicación de estas políticas de austeridad y bajada de salarios es sumamente dañina, pues reduce la capacidad de demanda de la ciudadanía, produciendo un descenso muy marcado de la actividad económica, nada menos que de alrededor de un 7% del PIB. De ahí que a estas políticas se las ha ya definido como un “austericidio”.

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EU: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) says ‘new China’ is rising within the EU - Planet Labor

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If current austerity policies continue, the minimum wage will be at the level of the Shenzhen region in China.”  This is basically the conclusion made by the European trade union confederation and the European trade union Institute in their annual report, “Benchmarking Working Europe.” ETUI’s researcher Romuald Jagodzinski explains to Planet Labor the economic and social divides and trends pointed out by the study. (Ref.  130355)

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European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) - Diverging Europe : same diagnosis, different remedies? / Events / Home

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Joint conference of the ETUI and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission

Both the EU Commission’s recent report on Employment and Social Developments in Europe and the ETUC/ETUI new Benchmarking Europe 2013 recognise growing divergence and polarization in the areas of social protection, employment, poverty, wages and social exclusion. But is the analysis of the roots of this social crisis the same and how do the proposed solutions differ?

The authors of the two publications will present their analysis and debate with discussants and the audience at this event organized jointly by the ETUI and DG Employment.

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« L'austérité conduit à une Europe de plus en plus éclatée et divergente, une Europe à plusieurs vitesses » constate l'Institut syndical européen dans son rapport 2013 Benchmarking Working Europe.
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« L'austérité conduit à une Europe de plus en plus éclatée et divergente, une Europe à plusieurs vitesses » constate l'Institut syndical européen dans son rapport 2013 Benchmarking Working Europe.

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Abstract Many studies on the effect of codetermination at company-level reveal its significant influence on wagelevels within companies. However, does this effect atthe micro-level result in higher income equality at themacro-level as well?A cross-sectional regression analysis of data on EUand OECD countries will be used to test for the code-termination’s effect on income distribution. Assessingthe impact of codetermination, a new index on code-termination strength will be introduced, combining the scope of codetermination rights with the threshold ofcodetermination laws. The results suggest a significantnegative impact on the Gini index which indicatesthat codetermination rights lead to higher income equality.
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Denmark won't follow Britain's EU direction, minister says

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Britain and Denmark, the EU countries with perhaps the most eurosceptic
populations, are both celebrating 40 years as EU members in 2013.
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"We have no intentions of going in the direction which the British government has set up for Britain," Wammen told EurActiv in an interview.

Denmark currently has four opt-outs from common EU policies: Security and defence; citizenship; freedom, security and justice; and the economic and monetary union. This is just as many as the UK, which opts in on a case-by-case basis on most matters related to security and justice.

Wammen said Denmark's centre-left government wants a closer cooperation with the EU and wants a referendum in Denmark on the justice and defence opt-outs.

 

According to a survey by TNS Gallup for the newspaper Berlingske Tidende, support for replacing the Danish krone with the euro is now at its lowest since the newspaper started measuring the Danes' euro sentiment in 1996.

 

Only 22% of those surveyed said they would vote in favour of adopting the euro in a referendum.

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France Declares Austerity Over as Germany Offers Wiggle Room

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French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici declared the era of austerity over after his German counterpart offered flexibility on deficit cutting amid renewed bickering between Europe’s two biggest economies.
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“We’re witnessing the end of the dogma of austerity” as the only tool to fight the euro debt crisis, Moscovici said yesterday on Europe 1 radio. “We’ve been pleading for a growth policy for a year. Austerity on its own impedes growth.”

The gap between the French Socialist finance chief’s view and the election-year positioning of Germany’s Wolfgang Schaeuble underscores the divergence between their economies and the wrangling that has marked the crisis fight since Francois Hollande replaced Nicolas Sarkozy as French leader a year ago.

 

urope must compete with countries like China and India, Merkel said during a discussion with high-school students in Berlin today.

“That’s why it’s not about what people always say: to save or not to save,” Merkel said. “We in Europe have to see that we finally get by with what we earn. Those are my analyses. Some may see it differently.”

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EU forecasts 2013 recession, signals ease in austerity

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"Europe’s economy will contract by more than expected this year and budget deficits will decline more slowly, the European Commission said on Friday (3 May), signalling that rising unemployment and the bleak outlook allow some scope for slowing the pace of austerity."

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El dramático deterioro de la España y de la Europa social

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European Works Councils Research's curator insight, April 4, 2014 4:47 AM

omo bien señala el informe Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 (de donde saco la mayoría de datos de este artículo), “la bajada de salarios parece haber llevado solamente a mayores beneficios empresariales” (p. 17). En realidad, un tanto parecido ocurrió y continúa ocurriendo en Alemania, donde los precios de los productos exportados no han cambiado un ápice durante todos estos años. El precio no ha sido la variable determinante del tamaño de las exportaciones. No tiene, pues, sentido que continúe enfatizándose que se bajen los salarios para que bajen los precios y nos hagamos más competitivos, cuando el precio no es el factor determinante de las exportaciones. Pero además de errónea, la aplicación de estas políticas de austeridad y bajada de salarios es sumamente dañina, pues reduce la capacidad de demanda de la ciudadanía, produciendo un descenso muy marcado de la actividad económica, nada menos que de alrededor de un 7% del PIB. De ahí que a estas políticas se las ha ya definido como un “austericidio”.

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On ne peut pas avoir de bons résultats avec une mauvaise politique

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On ne change pas une politique qui perd. Telle est la leçon que François Hollande tire des élections municipales. Un pur désastre. « Ce mec est un crocodile comme tous les autres. On vote pour lui et (...)
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« L’Europe a besoin d’un changement de cap radical »

Au niveau européen, un simple relâchement des contraintes, qui plus est en contrepartie d’une accélération des réformes structurelles « libérales », n’est pas du tout à la hauteur du sujet. La Confédération européenne des syndicats (CES) et l’Institut syndical européen (ETUI) viennent de publier leur état des lieux annuel sur l’Europe du travail (Benchmarking Working Europe 2014). Le point clé de l’analyse est que la politique imposée par l’Europe ne tarde pas à produire les résultats affichés d’assainissement et de reprise économique. Elle entraine l’UE dans de mauvais résultats économiques et sociaux : « L’Europe est déjà à mi-chemin d’une décennie perdue ».

« Les politiques de dévaluation intérieure, expliquent les auteurs, ont échoué à rétablir une croissance tirée par les exportations, ces politiques ont contribué à un effondrement de la demande intérieure. Elles ont exacerbé la crise et ont prolongé la récession. Une vision étriquée de la compétitivité basée sur l’abaissement des salaires a eu pour effet de sous-estimer l’importance de l’investissement, de l’innovation et de la modernisation. (…) L’Europe a besoin d’un changement de cap radical ». Il faut « réorienter les politiques européennes afin qu’elles intègrent une stratégie d’investissement à part entière pour le futur, un arrêt du processus de dérégulation, une consolidation de la protection sociale et un engagement pour une Europe caractérisée par des normes sociales élevées, notamment dans le domaine de la santé et de la sécurité. »

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Banks saved, but Europe risks losing a generation

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe has spent hundreds of billions of euros rescuing its banks but may have lost an entire generation of young people in the process, the president of the European Parliament said.Since
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Read The PR industry's favourite campaigns of last year on PRWeek, first for PR & public relations news
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European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) - Benchmarking Working Europe 2013 strengthens the case against Europe’s austerity policy / News / Home

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) - Benchmarking Working Europe 2013 strengthens the case against Europe’s austerity policy / News / Home | Benchmarking Working Europe 2013: Diverging Europe | Scoop.it
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Austerity is not working; it is leading to a diverging and fragmented Europe, rising anger with political elites and disenchantment with the European integration project. This is the main message of the Benchmarking Working Europe 2013 presented during a joint conference with the Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on 23 April.

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Debt Dynamics: Worldwide Borrowing Trends

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Missions allemandes en France - Les inégalités n’augmentent plus en Allemagne

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Alors que la crise économique et financière a accru les inégalités de revenus dans les pays industrialisés et émergents entre 2007 et 2010, l’Allemagne et l’Autriche ont enregistré la tendance inverse, selon la dernière étude de l’Organisation de...
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The argument goes:

 

1. We can't afford a minimum wage because it would kill employment (60% of workplaces in Horeca have a wage inferior to the proposed minimum wage of 8,50Euro per hour).

 

2. Part time work and determined contracts have not replaced 'standard' employment forms, they have complemented it.

 

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Euroscepticism: More than a British phenomenon

Euroscepticism: More than a British phenomenon | Benchmarking Working Europe 2013: Diverging Europe | Scoop.it
With Prime Minister David Cameron having vowed to hold a referendum on UK
membership of the EU, Britain's penchant for EU bashing is well publicised.
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Speaking to British Labour Leader Ed Miliband in New Statesman magazine, the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, warned about the effect the crunch could have on European morale: “Of course [euroscepticism] worries me … There are old demons in Europe - extreme nationalism, populism, xenophobia. You see that in times in crisis that extremist forces, populist forces, have a better ground to oversimplify things and to manipulate feelings.”

But to authors and political scientists Robert Harmsen and Menno Spiering, the EU integration process is a victim of its success.

In their book 'Euroscepticism: Party Politics, National Identity and European Integration' (2004) the authors suggest: "The European Union's progressively expanding competence has, correspondingly, multiplied the potential sources of friction which may give rise to forms of Euroscepticism."

 

"The European member states have never really sought to involve their citizens in the EU. The political debate about the goal of the EU and the way to reach it has largely taken place behind closed doors," they wrote on BlogActiv.

 

There are supposedly two forms of euroscepticism - ‘hard’ and ‘soft’.

‘Hard’ or ‘withdrawalist’ euroscepticism is the opposition to membership or the existence of the EU. The European Parliament’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy group, which includes the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), is hard eurosceptic.

‘Soft’ or ‘reformist’ euroscepticism supports the existence of the EU and membership to the Union, but opposes further integrationist EU policies and the idea of a federal Europe. The European Conservatives and Reformists group, including the British Conservative Party and the European United Left-Nordic Green Left alliance, can be described as soft eurosceptics.

But euroscepticism can further be viewed as part of a spectrum, ranging from 'europhobia' - similar to xenophobia - to a healthy sceptical attitude, and questioning of accepted beliefs. As such, certain forms of scepticism exist across all political spheres.

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Välisilm (2013-04-29 21:40)

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Välispoliitilisi sündmusi ja Eesti välispoliitikat kommenteerib ning analüüsib Aarne Rannamäe.
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From 26 min onward.

ETUI and Benchmarking Working Europe 2013 in the 28:00 onwards.

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France Declares Austerity Over as Germany Offers Wiggle Room

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French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici declared the era of austerity over after his German counterpart offered flexibility on deficit cutting amid renewed bickering between Europe’s two biggest economies.
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