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Denmark and UK rank top in EU for doing business

29.10.14 @ 09:22

Half of the 20 countries in the world where it is easiest to do business are European, according to a report by the World Bank Group. On Wednesday (29 October), the financial institution published its 12th edition of ...

EU needs to invest, IMF warns on eve of jobs summit

08.10.14 @ 09:29

The eurozone and Japan are the economies most vulnerable to a protracted period of stagnation and need to increase public investment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. The Washington-based Fund published ...

MEPs critical of 'underfunded' youth jobs plan

17.09.14 @ 20:52

Outgoing EU commissioner for employment Laszlo Andor on Wednesday (17 September) defended EU-wide efforts to tackle youth unemployment amid critical remarks from MEPs. Andor told deputies that the so-called youth ...

Unemployment on slow downward trend, report says

04.09.14 @ 09:26

Unemployment has started to fall in Europe, but will remain next year at higher levels than before the euro-crisis, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ...

OpinionGreek workers face arrest for being on strike

13.07.14 @ 15:07

A law selling off one-third of Greece's Public Power Corporation (PPC) to private investors was recently rushed through parliament by the government following demands by the Troika, which has been effectively decreeing ...

EU states not toeing the line on tobacco, equality laws

11.07.14 @ 09:30

Around a dozen member states are set to face the European Commission at the EU Court of Justice for not following EU laws. Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the ...

AnalysisEurope's attention finally shifts from bailouts to tax cuts

08.07.14 @ 19:10

It is a sign that the European economy is no longer in crisis-territory that tax cuts rather than bailouts dominated Monday’s (7 July) meeting of eurozone finance ministers. Ministers at the monthly Eurogroup meeting ...

Van Rompuy sets out minimalist EU vision

01.07.14 @ 18:27

Europe needs to shift its focus from open borders to "protection", while avoiding interference in areas where national governments can better act alone, EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy has said. Speaking on Tuesday ( ...

Post EU ElectionsNew EU 'strategy' fudges British, German and Italian demands

24.06.14 @ 08:15

A draft plan for EU priorities in the coming years tries to strike a balance between the devolution of powers demanded by Britain and the anti-austerity drive of Italy, in a typical German-inspired fudge. The "strategic ...

OpinionFive qualities you need to lead Europe

18.06.14 @ 09:23

The rhetoric on who we need as European presidents and commissioners over the next five years has often focused on specific names without exploring the leadership qualities that are required in navigating today's ...

EU official says response to economic crisis is flawed

14.06.14 @ 16:38

The EU’s social affairs commissioner on Friday (13 June) lashed out at the EU’s response to the economic crisis. Lazlo Andor, in a speech delivered in Berlin, said debt-curbing policies designed to resolve the sovereign ...

Austerity measures destroying EU social model: report

03.06.14 @ 09:28

Austerity measures meant to pull Europe out of the crisis have put some 800,000 children into poverty. The findings, among others, are detailed in a 357-page World Social Protection report out Tuesday (3 June) by the ...

EU court ruling to boost holiday pay for workers on commission

22.05.14 @ 17:56

Thousands of workers across the EU are set to see a boost to their holiday pay as a result of a ruling by the EU's top court. On Thursday (22 May), the European Court of Justice found that salespeople whose pay is based ...

Annual jobless figures suggest sluggish improvements

02.05.14 @ 18:07

Figures released on Friday (2 May) by the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, indicate large differences remain in unemployment rates across member states. With an 11.8 percent overall jobless rate in the eurozone, the ...

Danes the happiest EU workers, survey finds

25.04.14 @ 09:34

Denmark has the EU's happiest workforce, according to research published Thursday (25 April) by Eurobarometer. Ninety-four percent of Danish workers are satisfied with their own conditions at work, the survey found, ...

Regional unemployment highest in Spain

16.04.14 @ 09:14

Over two-dozen regions throughout the Union have an unemployment rate twice the EU average. The data, published on Wednesday (16 April), by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat, says the jobless rate in 27 regions in ...

Post EU ElectionsDenmark profits from Eastern European worker contributions

10.04.14 @ 10:09

Eastern European workers in Denmark pay more into the state coffers than they get out, according to a new study by the Confederation of Danish Employers. The study showed that they each paid on average €2,142 more than ...

Charity documents 'human cost' of EU austerity

27.03.14 @ 18:01

Evidence gathered by Caritas Europa, a network of charities working with the most deprived, shows that the impact of austerity programmes in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania has " ...

Stiglitz: ECB should scrap inflation targets

07.03.14 @ 09:34

The European Central Bank (ECB) should scrap its target to keep price inflation at 2 percent, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Thursday (6 March). Speaking at an event organised by the European ...

Industry bosses demand EU action on soaring energy prices

28.02.14 @ 10:37

EU leaders must address rising energy prices and climate policies which are crippling the bloc's manufacturing sector, according to a manifesto signed by more than 100 industry bosses. One hundred and thirty seven chief ...

EU recovery "gaining ground", commission says

25.02.14 @ 18:22

The EU's economic recovery will gather speed in 2014 and 2015, the European Commission predicted on Tuesday (25 February), indicating that the worst of the economic storm which hit Europe is over. "Recovery is gaining ...

MEPs accuse troika of causing 'social tsunami'

14.02.14 @ 09:28

The troika caused social devastation by forcing eurozone crisis countries to ignore social and welfare standards, MEPs have said. Deputies on the European Parliament's employment committee backed a report by Spanish ...

Non-EU seasonal workers to get equal rights

06.02.14 @ 09:43

Foreign seasonal workers in the EU will have the same employment and social rights as their EU counterparts, under new rules adopted by the European Parliament on Wednesday (5 February). MEPs in Strasbourg signed off on ...

Jobs not lifting Europeans out of poverty, commission warns

22.01.14 @ 09:32

One in four Europeans are at risk of poverty, the European Commission said Tuesday (21 January). Unveiling its annual report on 'Social and Economic developments in 2013' EU employment commissioner Laszlo Andor said the ...

Commission to launch EU tax discrimination probe

20.01.14 @ 19:34

The European Commission will examine the tax codes of all 28 EU countries in a bid to stamp out tax discrimination against foreign nationals from other EU countries. In a statement released on Monday (20 January), the ...

Young Europeans lack job skills, US consultancy says

14.01.14 @ 09:25

Europe's young people lack the skills for work despite record levels of unemployment, according to a report by the US-based consultancy giant McKinsey In its study, "Education to Employment," published on Monday (13 ...

AnalysisIs the Greek economy ready to come off life support?

09.01.14 @ 09:29

After six consecutive years of recession, the Greek economy might finally be allowed to leave its life support machine this year. The country's debt burden should start to fall in 2014. So should unemployment. It may ...

Approval of EU leadership lowest in Greece

08.01.14 @ 17:35

Support for the EU was lowest in Greece in 2013 while Spain registered the sharpest drop in support between the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008 and last year. A survey published Wednesday (8 January) by Gallup ...

EUobservedBig pain for small gain in the eurozone

02.01.14 @ 10:40

The past year was better than 2012, at least as far as the eurozone economy is concerned, but not much better. First, the good news. Europe came out of its double-dip recession, even if the 0.2 percent growth it saw in ...

Euro policy needs to be 'controversial,' EU commissioner says

16.12.13 @ 16:04

The prevailing policy response to the eurozone crisis risks leading to a situation where membership of the single currency and democracy are no longer compatible in southern member states, the EU's employment ...

Member states agree reforms on foreign worker rules

10.12.13 @ 09:25

EU governments have agreed on reforms to stop social dumping and exploitation of people relocated to another member state by their employer on short-term contracts. "We have finally reached agreement," said Lithuania's ...

Eurozone unemployment down first time since 2011

29.11.13 @ 17:54

Unemployment in the eurozone fell for the first time since February 2011, according to figures released on Friday (29 November). The jobless rate fell to 12.1 percent in October 2013, according to EU statistical agency ...

OpinionIreland and Greece prove the naysayers wrong

22.11.13 @ 17:37

Irish Premier Enda Kenny has announced his country will exit its bailout programme in December. When he took office in 2011, Ireland’s budget deficit was over 30 percent of GDP. Narrowing it to projections of 7.3 ...

Low-key jobs summit takes EU 'one step further'

13.11.13 @ 07:09

EU leaders gathered in Paris Tuesday (12 November) for a second summit devoted to the EU's record youth unemployment but the meeting only served to highlight the lack of new initiatives. As the top politicians went into ...

Crisis knocking EU 2020 goals off track

29.10.13 @ 18:35

The economic crisis has knocked the EU's longterm strategic targets off track with planned poverty-reduction and employment goals unlikely to be met by 2020. "Without adequate policy measures to rapidly reverse this ...

VideoNo jobs for Europe's brightest graduates

21.10.13 @ 18:05

Despina Papadaki, from Greece, was one of the 150 participants selected from 2,600 to celebrate the 15th year of the youth partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in Budapest. The plight of ...

AgendaEU leaders in Brussels this WEEK

18.10.13 @ 17:31

EU heads of state will gather for a two-day summit in Brussels to discuss growth as MEPs in Strasbourg defer a scheduled vote on the seven-year EU budget until November. High on both agendas is the recent tragedy off ...

FocusEducation report to 'scare' EU ministers into action

08.10.13 @ 16:30

Policy-makers are hoping a first-ever assessment of education standards across EU states will "scare the dickens" out of politicians as vast differences in standards and quality are revealed between countries. The study ...

OpinionHow about a social troika?

03.10.13 @ 08:00

Picture the scene: Troika members go to a member state and are greeted with enthusiasm. The Troika is welcomed with open arms, not dreaded. It is a 'social Troika' there to encourage, not discourage. This Troika works ...

Social 'scoreboard' to feature in eurozone governance

02.10.13 @ 17:28

The European Commission has proposed strengthening the social side of its eurozone governance amid fears the EU is in several member states becoming a byword for austerity and joblessness. In an ideas paper published ...

Barroso's 'State of the Union' hits sombre note

11.09.13 @ 11:25

European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday (11 September) gave a subdued assessment of the European Union, saying the biggest risk to its future is lack of political commitment. Barroso's fourth "State of ...

German finance minister visits angry Greece

18.07.13 @ 09:22

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is due in Athens Thursday (18 July) just as the Greek parliament, amid large street protests, passed a bill that will see thousands of public sector jobs cut. The reform bill, ...

Brussels interns to protest over poor work conditions

16.07.13 @ 09:11

Interns in Brussels are set to stage a protest on Wednesday (17 July) over poor work conditions. Organised through Facebook, the campaign aims to bring attention to a work force that is often unpaid. Others say the ...

EU leaders pledge €2bn extra for youth scheme

04.07.13 @ 09:28

Seventeen EU leaders meeting in Berlin on Wednesday (3 July) pledged an extra €2bn billion for a youth employment scheme that so far was pegged at €6bn. The Berlin gathering was a "three-in-one" summit, German ...

EU leaders flock to Berlin for jobs summit

03.07.13 @ 09:28

Some 20 EU leaders Wednesday (3 July) are expected to take part in a youth employment conference hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel, less than a week after an EU summit on the same topic. Youth unemployment in countries ...

Member states agree to fast-track youth money

28.06.13 @ 16:44

A low-key EU summit finished Friday (28 June) with an agreement to fast-track money to tackle youth unemployment and boost lending to small companies, but the meeting was nearly overshadowed by side issues, including a ...

Youth unemployment tops EU summit agenda, again

27.06.13 @ 09:29

EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday (27 June) for a two-day summit will again turn to measures aimed at helping young people to get jobs, as unemployment figures soar in southern countries. The summit kicks off ...

AnalysisUS enthusiastic about trade deal despite culture opt-out

24.06.13 @ 09:24

After months of enthusiastic talk about the most lucrative trade agreement in history, EU-US trade negotiations got off to an inauspicious start. With their American counterparts waiting in Washington, EU trade ...

EU to compare member states on youth employment

17.06.13 @ 18:03

The European Commission wants to set up a platform to compare how well member states tackle youth unemployment. Employment commissioner Laszlo Andor on Monday (17 June) told reporters in Brussels the platform would help ...

Next EU summit risks being waste of time, MEPs say

12.06.13 @ 22:54

The European Commission on Wednesday (12 June) came under pressure to be a bold policy-maker, as a meeting of EU leaders later this month shapes up to be another damp squib. Deputies in the European Parliament urged the ...