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Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap

Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap
Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Tkalec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects.
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Europe is getting old. Ageing population is a luxury good hardly any country can afford. It has been one of the main policy challenges in the Union. Increasing old-age dependency ratio will widen the pension gap and make current pension systems unsustainable. Over the past decades, politicians have been in a rambling quest to close […]

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European Unemployment Insurance – a good initiative missing proper foundation

European Unemployment Insurance – a good initiative missing proper foundation
Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Tkalec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects.
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The recent announcement of the European Pillar of Social Rights rekindled discussions about a European Unemployment Insurance Scheme. The Scheme would serve as a coordination mechanism at the European level to cushion economic downturns in member states. The idea goes hand in hand with the Five Presidents Report on Completing the Economic and Monetary Union, […]

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Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities

Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities
Francesca Coppola

Francesca Coppola

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and she is now about to obtain her Master degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Before her internship at Politheor, she interned at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.
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The pervasiveness of the male-breadwinner model has long characterized the Italian welfare system. It reflects an ideal of the family in which men earn a wage and provide, while women do domestic labor and care for family members. The Italian labor market has always presented an uncomfortably wide gender gap. Women were incentivized to free […]

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The challenge of integrating refugees into host countries’ labour markets

The challenge of integrating refugees into host countries’ labour markets
Andriana Foulidou

Andriana Foulidou

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Andriana is a graduate of Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working at the moment as a lawyer in Thessaloniki, Greece. After her graduation, she successfully attended both the LLM programme in Public Law and Political Science of Law School and the MSc programme in Political Analysis of School of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has also served as a board member of the Association of Trainee Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2012-2014) and of the Union of Trainee and Young Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2014-2016).
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In analysing the socio-economic impact of this enormous inflow of persons seeking asylum in the EU, the process of integration has emerged as a key factor, which is essential for achieving the desirable level of economic growth and social stability. This means that the overall impact of the refugee crisis on European societies will be […]

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To ‘Europeanize’ Islamic Education

To 'Europeanize' Islamic Education
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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The Muslim population of Europe is between 9 and 15 million, having risen steadily since the 1990s due to increased migration and more recently, the influx of refugees from Muslim-majority countries. In response, European policymakers, cognizant of Muslim traditions requiring children to be schooled in basic Islamic tenets and the Arabic language, have been introducing […]

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European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion

European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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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
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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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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Pokémon GO: To regulate or not to regulate?

Pokémon GO: To regulate or not to regulate?
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based game in which the player aims to catch, battle and train virtual creatures called Pokémon which are superimposed on the player’s physical environment through GPS technology and device cameras. The game was released to overwhelming success, having taken over other popular apps such as Twitter, Tinder and Snap Chat […]

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A lesson for policy makers – teachers say ‘no’ to the nationalization of education

A lesson for policy makers – teachers say ‘no’ to the nationalization of education
Mira Alexander

Mira Alexander

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mira Alexander is currently enrolled in a two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy, which she will complete at Central European University (Budapest) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona). Prior to her studies in public policy, she obtained a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and has gained professional experiences from internships at the Institut für Europäische Politik (Berlin), Europe Direct Info-Point Hamburg, and the Chancellery of the Senate of the City of Hamburg. Mira’s research interests include EU Governance, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Security Studies, State Building, and Conflict Resolution.
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Teachers’ protests in Oaxaca, Mexico last month left nine dead and over 100 injured after police forces opened fire on the demonstrators. The teachers were criticizing cuts in the education budget, standardized tests for the purpose of faculty evaluations, and the arrest of two teachers’ union leaders. While the government claims that these measures are […]

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The European Pillar of Social Rights: towards a fairer Europe?

The European Pillar of Social Rights: towards a fairer Europe?
Andriana Foulidou

Andriana Foulidou

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Andriana is a graduate of Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working at the moment as a lawyer in Thessaloniki, Greece. After her graduation, she successfully attended both the LLM programme in Public Law and Political Science of Law School and the MSc programme in Political Analysis of School of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has also served as a board member of the Association of Trainee Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2012-2014) and of the Union of Trainee and Young Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2014-2016).
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The development of the European Pillar of Social Rights comes as a reaction to the far-reaching social consequences of the profound economic crisis of recent years. Cutbacks in the field of social protection, imposed on member states under the existing rules of fiscal discipline, have intensified the corrosion of the ‘European social model’, while high […]

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