The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.
On 30 June 2017, the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin published a report on the spending priorities of the European countries. Robin Huguenot-Noël, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, tried to identify common points in government spending strategies on a national scale, together with Jörg Haas. They came out with four main findings, which reveal that convergence is far from being achieved.
On 21 June 2017, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, published a report on Energy Transition on a European scale together with the Jacques Delors Institute, pointing out the achievements of this European initiative. Basing on empirical findings, this policy paper formulates four main objectives and a number of concrete policy recommendations that aim to foster European integration through the establishment of a Energy Union.
The European Union is in distress. On the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome this has become an ever-present issue, which the #DialogueOnEurope seeks to address. The gathering of various members of civil society aims to find new insights and solutions to the Union’s most prevalent problems.
#DialogueOnEurope organised its eighth Town Hall Meeting in London, on February 27. Policy Network covered the event, publishing the conference’s findings.
The first European Thinking Lab took place from 25-27 November in Lisbon. During the Summit, the contributors cooperated within their Thinking Lab and worked out brief policy proposals. Arnolds Eizenšmits is engaged with the topics of Labour Market Duality in Southern Europe: significant differences in Employment Protection Legislation between ‘insiders‘ and ‘outsiders‘ condemn youngsters in Southern Europe to precarious jobs.
The unexpected happened and we are still searching for an answer why it happened and what might be the adequate response. This essay attempts to look for the reasons of the current success of populists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and to face the challenge that is produced by this convergence.
Seven years after the global economic crisis, social inequality is rising in the vast majority of the EU member states. However, an orchestrated policy mix at the national level combined with anti-austerity interventions at the EU level could reverse these developments.
Following the latest tragedy involving migrants, 28 members and leaders of the EU have initiated plans for a military operation to combat criminal gangs who smuggle refugees in thousands per ship. The details of the initiative still need to be clarified, and the body of water where the operation will cover needs to be decided. This will require Libya’s permission to destroy the smugglers’ boats in its territorial waters. The EU needs to obtain a mandate in order to operate under Chapter 7 of the United Nations (UN) charter.
Four months after the successful kick-off of the Thinking Labs in Berlin, the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Contributors met again on 25-27 November in Lisbon during the First Thinking Lab Summit hosted by Das Progressive Zentrum together with our Portuguese partner, the Institute of Public Policy.