The Policy Focus section collects articles meant to inform on the facts, the decisions and the events that shape the social dimension of the European Union. They offer in depth analyses and interpretations about the developments occurring within the EU political arena, and try to identify possibility spaces for the strengthening of the European Social Union.
The narrative on sovereign debt issues has changed from being focused on the benefits from fiscal consolidation to highlighting the importance of addressing systemic risk and financial fragmentation in the EMU.
The European Commission proposed to substantially change the allocation of different spending priorities. In general, the EU budget will reinforce the existing thematic priorities in the field of research, environmental policies, youth policies, migration and borders, security and external action.