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European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion

European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion
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The word solidarity appears 16 times in the European treaties – we know because President Juncker counted. The Commission President mentioned the impressive word count in his State of the Union address to justify the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps. The scheme would see the EU’s youth spring to aid anywhere in Europe when […]

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European Pillar of Social Rights: a blunt weapon in the fight for citizens’ hearts

European Pillar of Social Rights: a blunt weapon in the fight for citizens’ hearts
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Damned if they do and damned if they don’t – the catch 22 of a European social policy The outcome of the Brexit vote that saw a small majority of voting Britons reject EU membership has made a re-evaluation inevitable. The country’s willingness to vote alone had leaders across the EU calling for a fresh […]

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When wage competition outcompetes the single European market

When wage competition outcompetes the single European market
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“The same rules on remuneration, for the same work, at the same location,” Commissioner Thyssen summarized her proposal to extend mandatory remuneration rules in host countries to include posted workers. Today EU law guarantees them no more than the minimum wage. As a consequence, they might very well get less money for the exact same […]

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Bread and games and evictions

Bread and games and evictions
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The B in BRICS paints a rosy picture for the country’s future. Yet the 2014 World Championship had been preceded by violent demonstrations in over a hundred Brazilian cities. The “Our Cup is on the streets” protests opposed the corruption and evictions that went hand in hand with the games. “The World Cup steals money […]

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