Economy

Germany stands in the way of the European stimulus package 

Monday 19 April 2021 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The European recovery plan is in a bad state. Already criticized for its slow implementation, the European Union now faces another issue with Germany, as the German Constitutional Court suspended on March 25 the ratification process of the "Next generation EU" plan at the national level. 


United Kingdom: foreign workers flee the country in large numbers 

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | Lou-Eve Popper
| Alternatives Economiques

Due to Brexit and multiple lockdowns, hundreds of thousands of expats have left Britain in 2020.


COVID-19 vaccines: here's who is producing them in Europe, and where 

Friday 05 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

Pharmaceutical giants producing COVID-19 vaccines are open to collaboration with third parties, as long as they retain control on vaccine licenses and profits. EU member states complain about supply shortages, but fail to question the power of Big Pharma.


Climate change cost Europeans €446 billions over the last 40 years 

Friday 16 April 2021 | Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Climate change-related extreme events have seriously damaged the countries of the European Economic Area, accounting for loss of almost 3 percent of GDP for each country per year, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency. 


Is Amazon destroying more jobs than it creates? 

Wednesday 07 April 2021 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

A study has revealed the negative impact of e-commerce on employment, counting the number of jobs created and destroyed.


American Rescue Plan: Europe is falling behind, as in the case in 2008 

Tuesday 06 April 2021 | Aude Martin
| Alternatives Economiques

The United States are spending more money and more rapidly to support their economy than the Europeans are doing. And even if Biden's relief plan will result in higher imports, it is not the eurozone that will benefit the most from it.


trade union demonstration in Brussels

The number of workers at risk of in-work poverty increases by 12% in the European Union 

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Naïri Nahapétian
| Alternatives Economiques

The number of workers at risk of in-work poverty has increased in 16 countries in the European Union. In response to this, the European Trade Union Confederation is calling for the European Commission’s Minimum Wage directive to prohibit the setting of such wages below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold.


EU recovery plan has helped boost consumer, industry confidence 

Tuesday 30 March 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

The coronavirus pandemic has instigated fears of economic uncertainty among various economic actors, including among consumers, distributors, and industry. However, the latest Eurostat figures show that confidence among economic actors is more or less holding up despite the health crisis.


Getting rid of cash payments: who benefits? 

Monday 22 March 2021 | Laurence D'Hondt
| Alternatives Economiques

When it was rumoured that banknotes could be spreading the coronavirus, banks that teamed up with card networks rubbed their hands with glee. Mastercard, Visa or the Internet giants like Google Pay or Apple Pay saw a unique opportunity to convince consumers to use their technology. Overnight, merchants in most European countries allowed card purchases for amounts that were sometimes less than one euro, with lower transaction fees, while supermarkets encouraged customers to pay for their groceries through contactless payment.


Brexit: How companies are preparing for a no-deal exit 

Friday 04 December 2020 | Lou-Eve Popper
| Alternatives Economiques

Without an agreement, it will be very difficult to export cars, medicines or Welsh lamb to the continent. Companies operating in these sectors are trying to prepare as best as they can.