Economy

The “irresponsible” reliance of European Big pharma on China 

Wednesday 11 March 2020 | Vincent Lorin
| VoxEurop

The COVID-19 outbreak has revived fears over acute drug shortages in Europe, sparking calls to repatriate the production of pharmaceutical ingredients from China. But rebuilding capacity would take years, if it were even possible.


Coronavirus: 5 decisions the EU should make right now 

Thursday 19 March 2020 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

Calls have been coming from all sides for the EU to intervene in the COVID-19 crisis in the name of European solidarity. Although the Union has little room for manoeuvre in the public-health sphere, it can use the powerful lever of economic and monetary policy to counter the coming economic downturn.


Is there a glut of credit in Europe?

Monday 30 December 2019 | Christian Chavagneux
| Alternatives Economiques

The European Central Bank is flooding the continent with liquidity. Will this lead to a future financial crisis?


Public employees: comparisons between European countries are deceptive 

Tuesday 27 March 2018 | Vincent Grimault
| Alternatives Economiques

“Hypertrophic”, “poorly run”, “bloated”, “too costly”... in all countries, cliches concerning the public service are legion. New indicators allow us to see how the reality is more nuanced.


Railways in Greece: poor service, no competition 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

Passenger train services are heavily subsidised in Greece, taking advantage of loopholes and delays allowed by EU law. A new memorandum signed by the government keeps state aid and TrainOSE’s monopoly in place, despite the fact that many routes are not operated and citizens are not happy with the service they receive. 


Things are moving along steadily, except for Denmark

Friday 02 February 2018 | VoxEurop

According to the latest data provided by Eurostat, Europe has been experiencing a period of stability and relative economic growth since the end of 2016: +0.7% in the second and third quarters of 2017 for eurozone and EU countries.


Is there any red in the European Green Deal? 

Wednesday 05 February 2020 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

As the European Commission's president Ursula von der Leyen focuses on the combination of environmental and economic measures, one may wonder to what an extent will social issues enter the picture – and whether the European Pillar of Social Rights is still a priority.


There’s an urgent need for foreign labour in Croatia 

Friday 18 January 2019 | Francesca Rolandi
| OBC Transeuropa

Fewer births, greater life expectancy, emigration. These are some of the ingredients adding up to local labour shortages - now a major problem in many Eastern European countries.


Go East: home is where joy is  in depth

Wednesday 25 October 2017 | Lidija Pisker
| OBC Transeuropa

More and more professionals from the Western Balkans choose to seek a better life by going east – opting for countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland


The mirage of cheaper labor  in depth

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Marc Chevallier
| Alternatives Economiques

In their quest for competitiveness many countries are fixated on cutting the cost of labor, in particular by reducing social-insurance contributions. But it that the right solution?