The year 2007 was dominated by two major factors in the international arena: a heightened awareness of climate change and its social repercussions and the global financial crisis triggered by the US subprime mortgage affair. Meanwhile, the EU has a new treaty which should help it boost its ability to act. External challenges are mounting up (sustainable development, financial governance, how to reduce development inequalities) along with internal ones (the purchasing power of European households, quality of work, labour law, asylum and immigration). The relevance of the liberalisation policies pursued by the Union for almost twenty years is also under scrutiny, especially in the energy and postal sectors. The next step for the European Union is to demonstrate its determination to rise to these numerous challenges.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

Foreword - Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet

Chapter 1 - The fundamental injustice of climate change - Jean-Pascal van Ypersele

Chapter 2 - Governance for sustainable development - Iain Begg

Chapter 3 - The need for capital regulation in Europe - Pierre Defraigne

Chapter 4 - New frontiers of trade unionism - Christophe Degryse

Chapter 5 - Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs): redefining relations between the EU and the ACP countries - Frédéric Lapeyre

Chapter 6 - Asylum and immigration: how consistent are the EU’s policies ? - Cécile Barbier

Chapter 7 - Flexicurity: the new cure for Europe’s labour market problems ? - Maarten Keune

Chapter 8 - Sectoral social dialogue: a review of the past three years - Philippe Pochet

Chapter 9 - The full opening of postal services to competition: a fool’s bargain? - Éric Van den Abeele

Chronology 2007 Key events in European social policy - Christophe Degryse

Future prospects A paradigm shift - Philippe Pochet and Christophe Degryse

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Chapter 10 - How can trade union rights and economic freedoms be reconciled in the EU? The Laval and Viking cases - Dalila Ghailani