Jayati Ghosh begins a new Social Europe column by pricking Europe’s conscience on its pandemic-related responsibilities towards the developing world.
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The UK’s highest court has delivered another benchmark judgment on gig workers. But the battle is not over.
If the 2008 crash brought on a ‘mancession’ of lost jobs, the sectors most hit by the pandemic employ mainly low-paid women workers.
Most discussion of gig workers has focused on their material insecurity. More attention also needs to be paid to what goes on in their heads.
The Federal Labour Court ruled late last year that a crowdworker was indeed an employee, despite the platform’s contrary claim.
Work in the social sciences on algorithmic systems can inform how unions address their impact on the power balance between workers and employers.
With the EU strategic framework on occupational safety and health expiring, the post-pandemic version should prioritise prevention and wellbeing.
Germany’s sustained current-account surplus is not only bad for others in Europe and beyond—it is bad for almost all Germans too.
Domenico Mario Nuti, who died late last year (aged 83), was a major theoretical and policy figure in economics.
Peter Bofinger identifies the cryptocurrency’s Achilles heel.
Spreads in a single market with a single currency distort trade flows and competitiveness. The European Central Bank should close them.
A surprising global trend in the pandemic is reduced inequality across countries—but the convergence reflects losses at the top, not gains at the bottom.
Amid much debate about the impact of digitalisation in a globalised world, women have been largely invisible. The EU could change that.
The view that central banks should be ‘market-neutral’ has a flaw: how can central bankers be neutral about wealth inequality and the climate crisis?
Security of supply for medical and pharmaceutical goods must become a high political priority—with industrial policies promoting reshoring.
The German meat industry is being pushed off its low road of migrant-labour exploitation towards regulation and potential collective agreement.
Trade union rights are human rights and must be protected in EU law.
Last year’s agreement on an EU recovery package was widely celebrated. This year its inadequacy will sink in.