Peschner, Jörg, (2017), “Labour market performance of refugees in the EU”, Working Paper 1/2017, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 5 May This paper analyses the individual and socio-demographic factors behind the low employment rate of refugees compared to individuals born in the EU but also compared to other migrants. It complements the 2016 Employment and Social Developments Review where a chapter was dedicated to the labour …Read More
Democracy without choice: Citizens’ perceptions of government autonomy during the Eurozone crisis
Ruiz-Rufino, Ruben, Alonso, Sonia, (2016), “Democracy without choice: Citizens’ perceptions of government autonomy during the Eurozone crisis”, European Journal of Political Research, 56(2), 320-345, 30 December In this article it is argued that citizens take into account the degree of a government’s political autonomy to implement particular policies when expressing their views on satisfaction with democracy (SWD) but, in order to do so, they need to perceive it. When citizens directly …Read More
How do Progressives Fight Back Against Populism?
Schmidt, Vivie, (2017), “How do Progressives Fight Back Against Populism?”, Social Europe, 12 April In recent years, the European Union has suffered through a cascading set of crises, including the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, the security crisis, and Brexit. But rather than bringing the EU together, with concerted responses that would demonstrate its common values on its 60th anniversary, these crises have revealed cross cutting divisions among member states. …Read More
Workers in 7 EU countries worse off today than 8 years ago
European Trade Union Institute and European Trade Union Confederation, (2017), “Workers in 7 EU countries worse off today than 8 years ago”, 13 March Workers are still not feeling economic recovery: wages are lower now than they were eight years ago in seven EU member states, according to new research published today by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The research also shows that in 18 …Read More
Unleashing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe: People, Places and Policies
Leceta, Manuel, Renda, Andrea, Konnola, Totti, Simonelli, Felice, (2017), “Unleashing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe: People, Places and Policies”, Report of a CEPS Task Force, 22 February This report sets out the elements for the design of a streamlined and future-proof policy on innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. It is the result of a collective effort led by CEPS, which formed a Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the EU, …Read More
Building common ground: Towards strategic migration and refugee policies in Europe
Bertoncini, Yves, De Geus, Aart, Niblett, Robin, Styczynska, Izabela, Gastaldo, Piero, Kosonen, Mikko, Santos Silva, Artur, B. Wolff, Guntram, (2016), “Building common ground: Towards strategic migration and refugee policies in Europe”, Bruegel, 6 December This conference declaration was signed on 22 November 2016 at the occasion of the second annual Vision Europe Summit in Lisbon. The signatories are leaders from the eight think tanks and foundations convening the Vision Europe Summit. The record numbers of refugees arriving …Read More
Society at a Glance 2016 – OECD Social Indicators
OECD, (2016), “Society at a Glance 2016 – OECD Social Indicators”, OECD Publishing, 5 October This is the eighth edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators. This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some indicators included in the previous editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones, with 25 indicators in total. It includes …Read More
The politics and policies of welfare chauvinism under the economic crisis
Suvi Keskinen, Ov Cristian Norocel, Martin Bak Jørgensen, (2016), “The politics and policies of welfare chauvinism under the economic crisis”, Critical Social Policy, August The ongoing economic crisis that emerged in the wake of the global recession in 2008, and was followed by the more recent crisis of the Eurozone, has introduced new themes and remoulded old ways of approaching the welfare state, immigration, national belonging and racism in Northern …Read More
Is there such a thing as “Social Europe”?
Fernandes, Sofia, Rinaldi, David, (2016), “Is there such a thing as “Social Europe”?”, Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, 6 September Although the EU developed a “Social Europe”, the economic crisis and public debt has caused an imbalance between the social and economic dimensions of the European project. In this tribune, the authors start with a brief discussion on the construction of the social acquis in order to answer the following questions: Why must Social Europe …Read More
The EU Convergence Machine at Work. To the Benefit of the EU’s Poorest Citizens?
Goedemé, Tim, Collado, Diego, (2016), “The EU Convergence Machine at Work. To the Benefit of the EU’s Poorest Citizens?”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 6 Αpril Social cohesion in the EU (European Union) is usually assessed on the basis of GDP per capita and relative poverty rates. These indicators show that the ‘European convergence machine’ led to greater social cohesion between old and new Member States (EU-15 and NMS) until the onset of …Read More