Strong public administrations and well-funded public services are needed to ‘build back better’ after the pandemic.
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In these authoritarian times, defending and re-empowering public services is also defending democracy.
The adoption of the European Child Guarantee is a big step forward. It will take another, however, to end institutional care.
The European Commission’s Green Paper on Ageing has a blindspot—elder abuse.
The concerns of health and care workers go well beyond the pandemic and pay, touching on their human dignity.
‘Surveillance capitalism’ is increasingly threatening workers’ collective action and the human right to public protest.
‘Housing first’ has become good practice in ending homelessness, in various European countries, especially for those with complex needs.
One of the unwitting effects of the crisis has been to remake the case for dialogue between social partners to solve major problems.
Welfare states are having to run harder to stand still. They need to act in mutual support to win the race against inequality and poverty.
The pandemic threatens to exacerbate gender inequalities and reinforce the association between women and unpaid care—unless contrary action is taken.
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted—and widened—the persistent discrimination, disadvantage and injustices women face.
The European Union needs to raise its vaccination target and bring it forward. The good news is it can.
Concrete commitments must follow today’s Social Summit in Porto if the promise of a social Europe is to be realised.
Kate Pickett widens the panorama from the all-consuming coverage in Britain of the death of Prince Philip to ask why human lives and labours are so differentially valued.
Europe’s lockdowns highlighted the right to housing—and its link to health and security. For many, however, it remains a distant privilege.
New EU digital rules need to tackle the business model of surveillance capitalism.
As the Social Summit looms, a step change in social and environmental rights is needed to realise the EU’s just-transition goal.
The distribution of coronavirus vaccine around the world is glaringly unjust. But many wealthy countries have an equity problem of their own.