• Stagnation – temporary or a new normal?

    Stagnation – temporary or a new normal?1

    The global financial and economic crisis has exposed a chasm between the theory and the practice of policy. Not only did the models underpinning policy choices not help anticipate the crisis, but now arguably they cannot even help fight it. Concerns are rising in the policymaking field that something structural – that models cannot capture – has changed. The stagnation afflicting the global economy could hence be a new normal, from which we can escape only by thinking out of the box of deceptively comfortable models.

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

    The European Pillar of Social Rights: towards a fairer Europe?0

    On 8 March 2016, the European Commission presented a first preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights, as part of the on-going work for a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union. But does this first draft actually present the potential to meet the existing expectations on the social field for a fairer Europe?

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  • What the discussion on UBI should really be about

    What the discussion on UBI should really be about2

    The universal basic income (UBI) is in the limelight. Discussion around it is largely technocratic, with UBI being one of many possible fixes to counter the economic woes welfare states are currently faced with. I propose to realign UBI with its foundation as natural entitlement.

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  • The flaws of the decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015

    The flaws of the decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-20150

    After a turbulent decade of Roma Inclusion starting from 2005, the year 2016 is a year of analyses, evaluations and impact assessment. The end of the decade provided space for discussions with an emphasis on the gains and losses of the initiative. Some of the stakeholders highlight the pros arguing that the decade was the perfect period to raise awareness for the issues of Roma while I echo the cons, arguing that the Central and Eastern European countries overlooked the initiative and shown lack of interest in sustainable changes for inclusion of Roma.

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  • Basic income – Three centuries of discussion

    Basic income – Three centuries of discussion1

    Between unemployment, the refugee’s crisis, the rise of the extreme right and a possible Brexit, it is easy to see that the European Union has witnessed better times. Let’s try to look at the sunny side of politics. What if every EU citizens received an unconditional basic income? In other words, what if the EU distributed an income regardless of your social-economic status? This is what Finland, Switzerland and the EU more generally decided to inquire into.

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  • Cradle-to-cradle™ and the circular economy: are we kidding ourselves on consumption?

    Cradle-to-cradle™ and the circular economy: are we kidding ourselves on consumption?1

    With the recently presented Circular Economy Package (CEP) the EU wants to implement what chemist-turned-business visionary Michael Braungart and his architect friend William McDonough have trademarked cradle-to-cradle™:  In a circular economy no product goes to waste that is from cradle to grave, every material re-enters the production/consumption cycle – from cradle to cradle. Let’s not get carried away by a good idea.

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