Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

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.

Policy focus
31 July 2020

SURE: What about a permanent instrument?

Short-time work (STW) schemes have proved to be the ace of Member States’ response to the social and employment crisis induced by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this scenario, the proposal of the Commission for a temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE), is to be welcomed as a bold and innovative move. Is the time ripe for the Commission to put the proposal forward for a permanent SURE?

Policy focus
8 May 2020

The crumbling of the dangerous idea? Austerity perceptions in the EU after the euro crisis

Among the many things of the pre-Corona world that seem to have aged faster since the eruption of the pandemic is the macroeconomic commitment to fiscal restraint. In the last weeks, many pundits have forecast the decline of this principle in light of the massive fiscal stimuli that the post-COVID recovery will require. Will this sequence of ‘emergency Keynesianism’ rapidly followed by austerity be repeated this time?

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