The Analyses section provides brief research notes relating to four main streams: social media, political visions, public opinion and policy focus.
One of the most vibrant debates taking place concerns the limitations and possibilities that exist in the EU for going beyond austerity-based social and economic policies. In this post we ask to what extent the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social policy responses it has been triggering, has altered this course, by focusing on the social and labour market policies adopted in reaction to the pandemic by a left-wing Southern European government, that of Spain.
The issue of cross-national solidarity in the EU came to the fore 10 years ago, when the sovereign debt crisis unveiled the big inequalities that exist between member states. Back then, mistrust, more than solidarity, prevailed. This time, with the economic aftershocks of the pandemic, the music seems to have changed.