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The international outlook for this autumn does not seem rosy. Will Europe be able to act in response to the warning signs? That will largely depend on the German government’s willingness to (finally) let go of the dogmas imposed on the eurozone for the last decade.
“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.
A large part of the EU's budget is devoted to supporting agriculture. Yet farmers receive a given amount per hectare – so large farms receive way more money than the small ones, to the extent that 25 percent of all EU farmers receive only 1.3 percent of the available funds.
It’s back to the drawing board for Italy and its draft budget. And according to Rome, this is not even the most serious case in the EU. So, what is the state of affairs in other countries?
The Spanish media outlet El Diario covered the 2019 Spanish budget with a set of infographic contents.
Subsidy Stories traces the flows of EU structural investment funds up to the level of local beneficiaries.
The OECD has just published a new report on the level of social expenditure.
Since 2007, spending on social programs within the EU has shown large contrasts, particularly between East and West. Repercussions of the 2008 crisis are clearly visible, as are policy changes in some countries.
On 20 August, Greece officially exited the three-year EU bailout plan it accepted when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and close to be pushed out of the eurozone. While it marks the end of eight years of financial crisis and austerity, the exit from international aid doesn't mean a quick recovery.
In the second quarter of 2017, there was a slight drop in EU and eurozone government debt