Austerity measures exacerbated the negative human rights consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. Human rights impact assessments should become an integral part of economic policy-making, says Birgit Van Hout, from the UN Human Rights Office.
Church in Europe
Annelien Boone is a director of the youth pastoral service in Flanders, and she represented all Belgian young people at the Synod on Youth in Rome. She talks to us of her experiences and of the impact for young Europeans.
How can we shape the future of work in this age of digital and ecological transition? Mgr Antoine Hérouard presents the underlying reflections and proposals from COMECE for a world of work that is fair, sustainable and participatory for everyone in Europe.
Does democracy have a place in today’s economy, and what specifically does that mean? A brief explanation of the idea and current status of economic democracy.
The crisis in Europe is a favourite subject in media commentaries, and it is true there is no shortage of difficulties. These are manifested in a widespread defiance that features in public opinions expressed about the European construction.
European Economic and Social Committee
An interview with Luca Jahier, who was elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 17 April.
The common market has been a core idea of Europe but markets are not automatically beneficial for all human beings. Europe needs to reestablish the “primacy of politics” and push for the democratization of the economy.
The full impact of digitalisation on jobs is uncertain. The EU needs to focus on developing skills for the digital age argues Martin Ulbrich.
In the face of Estonia assuming the half-yearly Presidency of the Council for the European Union on the 1 July, Mgr Phillipe Jourdan, bishop of Tallin, shares his thoughts with us.