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Sotiria Theodoropoulou 02/2018

This new introductory guide, ‘Managing public debt in Europe, reviews the debate and empirical evidence on the problems that high public debt may cause and the policy options for reducing it. To do so, it starts from the basics regarding the determinants of the evolution of public debt over time, explains under what conditions high public debt can lead to a crisis and reviews the theory and evidence on whether high public debt is detrimental for growth.


Christophe Degryse 03/2018

European social dynamics

This working paper tries to understand, through the cross-analysis of two databases, the gradual evolution of Social Europe in terms of processes and results.


Edited by David Natali and Emmanuele Pavolini with Bart Vanhercke 02/2018

This new edited volume on occupational welfare in Europe is based on research projects coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE) It focuses on recent developments in the field of pensions and unemployment-related schemes in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.


Andreas Kornelakis, Michail Veliziotis and Horen Voskeritsian 02/2018

This policy brief examines the effectiveness of policies which aim to dismiss labour market institutions, in the name of competitiveness, across the European Union (EU). It also assesses the evidence which supports a positive relationship between deregulation and decentralization and productivity.


Martin Myant 01/2018

This new working paper explores why there is a persistent wage gap between western Europe and the new EU Member States of eastern and central Europe.


Agnieszka Piasna 12/2017

This new Working Paper offers a detailed look at the quality of jobs held by European workers, and shows what aspects of work improved or deteriorated over the last decade.


Edited by Bart Vanhercke, Sebastiano Sabato and Denis Bouget  12/2017

The 18th edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play reports on recent European Union (EU) and national social policymaking, with contributions from leading scholars pointing at attempts to move out of the multiple crises hitting the European Union since 2008.


Zane Rasnača (ETUI) and Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI) 11/2017

This policy brief looks at the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and assesses its capacity to strengthen the social dimension of the E(M)U.


Contributors : Béla Galgóczi, Aline Hoffmann, Maria Jepsen, Torsten Müller, Martin Myant, Agnies... 11/2017

This timely new publication revisits the Social Scoreboard published by the European Commission (EC) on the 26th of April 2017.


EU: income convergence and inequality

15 March 2018

Research on economic integration and convergence reveals that the financial and economic crisis has had a huge impact on the existing EU-wide inequality. Growth in household incomes and convergence up until 2008 was followed by years of stagnation. As a consequence, the wage gap between western Europe and the new EU Central and Eastern European Member States persisted. The ETUC stated that it is necessary to keep the EU economic policy-making moving in a more progressive direction.


The European Labour Authority will have to tackle social dumping, according to the European unions

15 March 2018

The European Trade Union movement has cautiously welcomed the setting up by 2019 of a European Labour Authority (ELA).


The doughnut revolution as an alternative to the growth paradigm

9 March 2018

Could the ring doughnut, one of America’s most famous sweet snacks, hold the answer to the problem of transitioning to a sustainable and fair economy? Yes, according to a growing number of English-speaking alter-globalists and environmental activists, whose views are explained in a book published in April 2017 (Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist). Given that almost 200 people attended an event held to discuss the topic in Brussels on 6 March which was jointly organised by the ETUI and the Flemish organisation Arbeid&Milieu, the idea is perhaps not as bizarre as it first sounds.


Working time reduction back on the table

8 March 2018

The ETUI held a Monthly Forum on 22 February to mark the recent publication of a guide on ‘The why and how of working time reduction’. The topic has been back in the spotlight recently due to an initiative of IG Metall, Germany’s biggest trade union.


Collective Bargaining February 2018

5 March 2018

Find below the highlights of the February issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of February. This issue celebrates the 10th anniversary of this newsletter, a joint project of the ETUI and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS).


Strong trade unions are a sign of solidarity among workers

2 March 2018

Do trade unions encourage the dualization of the labour market? Some criticise them for neglecting those in precarious employment, focusing instead on defending only the interests of their members, primarily workers in ‘good jobs’. A study by an international team of industrial relations researchers argues against these clichés. On 14 February two university lecturers presented the key results of this research at an ETUI monthly forum.


New issue of Transfer: occupational pensions and trade unions

27 February 2018

The February 2018 issue of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, aims to provide more insight into the variation in coverage, design and quality of pension arrangements across Europe, with a focus on the politics of occupational pension development, including the role of the social partners.


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The European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union. Read more