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Inequality in Europe—wider than it looks

by Michael Dauderstädt on 3rd September 2019 Most discussion of inequality in Europe is confined to individual member states. Aggregating incomes across the EU, however, presents a sobering picture. How unequal is the distribution of income within the European Union? The question sounds simple but it hides a plethora of complex issues. Read More »

Are anti-immigrant parties in Europe anti-democratic?

In May this year we will have elections for the European Parliament. We can agree that the parliament is the most democratic body in the European Union. We also can agree that the election process for the parliament is democratic and supports the principles and ideas of political liberalism. In that light, we should consider the democratic criteria and attitudes ... Read More »

Tackling insecure work in Europe—a critical moment

Europe has a growing crisis of insecure work. Just before Christmas, the European Commission triumphantly announced that employment in the EU had reached record levels in the latter part of 2018, with over 239 million people in work. Good news indeed, but much less prominence was given to recognition that the number of hours worked is still lower than in ... Read More »

Why weak competition can increase inequality in Europe

Like many other advanced economies around the world, the Eurozone is experiencing a productivity slowdown. Data from the ECB show that labour productivity growth has practically halved over the last 20 years. Some economists have suggested that low productivity growth is a sign of “secular stagnation”, a state in which further increases in productivity will be negligible – caused by ... Read More »