For equality between workers in Europe? Same job, same salary!

The EU Commission has approved a reform of the directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of service to fight the social dumping. Posted workers are EU citizens who have an employment contract in their home country but are temporarily moved to another EU country (host Country) …

Refugees and labour market: lessons and challenges for a future integration

Asylum applications in the European Union have surpassed 1.2 million in 2015, confirming that this is the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war and making the need for a more coordinated European response in all relevant policy areas immanent. Dozens of articles and research have been written upon …

Germany’s new horizons and challenges in the light of Merkel’s leadership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) may have won a majority in September’s federal election, but that does not directly implicate that Germany’s future is clearly given. What emerges as Merkel seeks to form a new coalition with the Greens and the Free Democrats will not only shape …

Crypto Currencies and the future of Crypto-valutes

The Crypto Currencies: A Crypto currency is a digital asset or a virtual currency used as a mean of exchange through encryption in order to make transactions secure and to control the creation of a new currency. A definitive feature of cryptocurrency, and arguably its most captivating allure, is its …

A Year of Trump: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

When we woke up on the early morning of November 9th, 2016, as Europeans we experienced the second electoral shock of 2016. After Brexit in June, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America. The European project seemed to be further weakened: for the first time in history a country …

A road map to re-launch the Africa-EU partnership!

The Lisbon summit of 2007 adopted a Joint Africa-EU strategy, the document stated that Africa’s 55 countries and the EU Member States have a shared neighborhood, history and future, and should cooperate in building a strong political relationship and close cooperation in key areas. The strategy aimed to move from a traditional …

Complementary currencies in the European Union: the state of art

Community currencies are economic, policy and social instruments that complement conventional money and address issues that are not commonly addressed by current monetary systems. Unlike internet-based cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, these so-called complementary or community currencies are often centred around a specific region or conviction. In recent years, the idea has spread all …

Threats and weaknesses of the Eastern partnership: towards a more pragmatic approach

When coming to the Eastern Partnership, the very first and not simple question that we have to ask is, what is it? As a very basic answer we could say that is the overall framework guiding relations between the EU and its six eastern partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), but this is surely not enough. It …

Reforming the EU – Deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

Reforming the EU – Deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union On the last December 6th 2017, the European Commission released a proposal stating a concrete roadmap for reforms to be taken in the next 18 months on Economic and Monetary Union. The EU Commission finally delivered on the commitment made by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his …