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Euro-Zone Unemployment Unlikely to Fall Quickly

Billington, I., (2013), “Euro-Zone Unemployment Unlikely to Fall Quickly”, The Wall Street Journal, The Euro Crisis Blog, 10 September. The euro zone may have emerged from recession this year, but unemployment is unlikely to fall quickly with companies less likely to hire staff in the final three months of the year than they were earlier in 2013, a survey of employers showed Tuesday. The quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook shows that, while there …Read More

The Next Social Contract

Derviş, Kemal, (2013), “The Next Social Contract”,, 18 July. Around the world nowadays, persistent unemployment, skill mismatches, and retirement frameworks have become central to fiscal policy – and to the often-fierce political debates that surround it. The advanced countries are facing an immediate “aging” problem, but most of the emerging economies are also in the midst of a demographic transition that will result in an age structure similar to …Read More

Europe has lost its citizens

Torreblanca, Jose Ignacio, (2013), “Europe has lost its citizens”, European Council on Foreign Relations, 13 March. The latest Eurobarometer figures are showing clearly what the election results have been hinting at one by one: hit by the crisis, Europeans have lost their confidence in the EU. After having saved the euro, we must rescue the legitimacy of the EU – and before the 2014 elections.

Will More Integration Save Europe’s Social Model?

Gros, Daniel, (2013), ‘Will More Integration Save Europe’s Social Model?’,, 5 January. At high-level gatherings of the European Union elite, one often hears the following type of statement: “Europe must integrate and centralize economic governance in order to defend its social model in an age of globalization.” European Commission President José Manuel Barroso Αnd his counterpart at the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, are particularly keen on this argument