Economy

Publishers’ reliance on Google and Facebook is a problem for media independence 

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Andreas Vou
| OBC Transeuropa

Big tech companies bring in plenty of traffic for media outlets but take a disproportionate chunk of the earnings. And even when agreements are signed, it’s Big Tech that sets the rules


Europe is no longer afraid of nationalising companies 

Monday 31 May 2021 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

Nationalising companies is no longer a taboo topic for the European Union's state members. After the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st-century privatisations, the economic crisis of 2008 gave a central role back to State ownership. The COVID-19 outbreak has opened the leading European companies' doors to the public capital.


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.


The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


How member states have supported their businesses during the pandemic 

Wednesday 29 July 2020 | Danuta Pawłowska
| BiQdata

The COVID-19 crisis will lead to a sharp contraction of GDP in all EU member states. From billions for airlines to several hundred euros for small businesses, governments have been supporting their economy in different ways. 


European banks are still major backers of the fossil fuel industry 

Monday 25 January 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

As public institutions struggle to implement their plans effectively, private banks are still not pulling their weight. With the slowness and mounting obstacles facing public finances, combined with the unreliability of the private system, how secure is the future of energy transition?


Covid vaccines: The patent taboo in Europe 

Monday 22 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

The EU’s vaccine distribution delays could be solved through voluntary collaborations established by pharmaceutical giants. However, civil society and several EU countries are calling for the liberalization of patents, to be able to independently produce doses and ensure vaccine coverage for the largest possible number of people. The second part of Stefano Valentino’s report on the monopolistic practices of pharmaceutical companies.


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.


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.


man staring at a large shop

How VAT hinders effective redistribution of wealth 

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Justin Delépine
| Alternatives Economiques

VAT is a regressive tax, putting more burden to the poor than to the rich. Indeed, VAT applies the same rate to everyone regardless of their level of wealth – but the richer you are, the lower the proportion of your revenue goes to consumption. VAT cancels out one-third of the effects of fiscal redistribution.