This year's Benchmarking Working Europe focuses on whether the European Union is really on the path towards convergence.

Analysing the state of 'working Europe' with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators and thus assessing what current EU policies have achieved or have not achieved, the Benchmarking Working Europe 2018 demonstrates that, despite renewed economic growth in GDP terms, the proceeds of this growth are being unequally shared and structural problems in the areas of education, infrastructure and R&D remain due to the EU's obsession with labour market deregulation and fiscal austerity.

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Foreword

1. Growth returns but will have to be sustained in order to heal scars and reverse re-emerging divergence

2. Labour market and social developments

3. Developments in social indicators

4. Wages and collective bargaining: a new attempt to ensure fair wages and adequate minimum wages?

5. Social policymaking and workers’ participation

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