Saturday 5. December 2020

Mixed results for legislation on “conflict minerals”

European Union

After three years of negotiations, the European Union has finally got round to legislating on conflict minerals – definitely a step forward, but not going far enough.

Daring to dream of a new Europe – the Church responds to the Pope’s challenge


While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?

Taxing the wealthy in Europe

European Union

The EU Commission and Apple are at loggerheads over tax penalties. Patrick Zoll sets out the basic issues on fair taxation.

Growth and the euro after Brexit

European Union

A report drawn up by a group of international experts under the aegis of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institute, is promoting a set of recommendations, which Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute and former Italian Prime Minister, sets out below.

A new departure for the EU?

European Union
Plenary session week 27-2014 - Strasbourg

The debate over clear rules in the Eurozone continues. MEP Jakob von Weizsäcker (S&D) shares his vision with Europeinfos.

EU stability pact: interpreting the rules to suit

European Commission

Despite high budget deficits, Spain and Portugal have been spared the sanctions of the EU stability pact for the time being. This decision is being met with a lack of understanding, and is one that illustrates the need for a joint fiscal policy.

‘Why do you leave ?’

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is still reeling from the result of the EU referendum in which 51.9% of voters opted to leave the European Union. Frances Murphy, the editor of Thinking Faith, shares her observations.

A momentous and possibly fateful referendum

European Union

The referendum facing the UK electorate on June 23rd threatens to isolate the United Kingdom and to fragment the EU.

Panama Papers shed light on global tax avoidance

European Union

The unprecedented leak of the Panama Papers in April created a shockwave. They cast the spotlight on more than 200,000 offshore companies and their secret owners. Political action is now required.

Work-related stress and illness affects half of Europe’s workforce

European Commission

Around half of Europe’s workforce believe that stress in their workplace is a normal state of affairs. Stress directly affects their health and their work/home balance. What is the European Commission doing about this?

The soothsayer’s predictions missed the mark in 2015

Patrick H. Daly

As 2015 comes to a close, our European leaders find themselves confronted with not just one, but with a series of intractable problems.


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