Public spending

Can Europe avoid the coming crisis? 

Monday 26 August 2019 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

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.


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.


1.6 million farmers receive almost 85 percent of the EU's agricultural subsidies 

Friday 24 May 2019 | EUfactcheck

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.


Thumbs down for Italy’s budget. What’s the situation like in other parts of Europe?  

Wednesday 31 October 2018 | Zoé Durand
| VoxEurop

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?


Two data-driven stories that explain the provisional Spanish budget law 2019

Tuesday 22 January 2019 | VoxEurop

The Spanish media outlet El Diario covered the 2019 Spanish budget with a set of infographic contents.


Structural investment funds (Open Knowledge)

Sunday 15 October 2017 | OBC Transeuropa

Subsidy Stories traces the flows of EU structural investment funds up to the level of local beneficiaries.


Social expenditure (OECD)

Sunday 27 January 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

The OECD has just published a new report on the level of social expenditure. 


2008 crisis is still affecting social programs 

Tuesday 08 January 2019 | Zoé Durand
| VoxEurop

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.


Greece exits bailout, but no quick recovery ahead  in depth

Monday 20 August 2018 | Damiano Bacci
Eric Maurice
| VoxEurop
EUobserver

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.




Things are calming down

Tuesday 23 January 2018 | VoxEurop

In the second quarter of 2017, there was a slight drop in EU and eurozone government debt