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The relationship between unemployment and happiness raises a question regarding the usefulness of the so-called universal basic income (UBI). While the UBI is supposed to help the losers from globalisation and technological progress, it may not fully work. If UBI recipients only get income, but not jobs, they may feel socially excluded and dissatisfied.

Does money really make Europeans happy?

Economists care about economic growth; the man or woman in the street wants to be happy. But to what extent are income and happiness related?

The tight timeframe for the Brexit talks have raised the possibility of a transitional deal to allow the UK and EU to finalise a free trade agreement. Such agreements often take many years to finalise.

EU Brexit boss warns of ‘serious repercussions’ if divorce talks fail

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator today (22 March) warned of serious repercussions for both Britain and the EU if the divorce talks fail without a deal being agreed

Europe is ageing and shrinking, and it is also falling behind in key wealth-creation areas like technological innovation and productivity. By the middle of this century, Europeans will be little more than four percent of a world population projected by the United Nations to reach possibly 11 billion people. Europe will be so elderly that the ratio of workers to pensioners will have shrunk to two-to-one from today’s four-to-one.

Rome’s reality check: the next 60 years will be an uphill struggle

With the European Union’s 60th birthday upon us, it seems appropriate to look ahead to the next 60 years: what will Europe look like in 2077?

In 2015, 1.404.398 people were held in penitentiary institutions across Europe, which is 102.880 inmates fewer than the previous year1. The incarceration rate (Prison Population Rate), which is often used as an indicator of how punitive anti-crime policies are, also fell by 7% from 124 inmates to 115.7 inmates per 100.000 inhabitants2. Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “The drop in the overall number of people in prison in Europe is welcome. Increasing the use of alternative sentences does not necessarily lead to higher crime rates but can help to reintegrate offenders and tackle overcrowding.”

Europe’s prison population falls, but there is still overcrowding

The number of people held in European prisons decreased by 6.8% from 2014 to 2015, although prison overcrowding remained a problem in 15 countries, according to the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE*)

Kukan, the EPP shadow rapporteur for the Albanian dossier in the parliament, said, ”Time is of the essence here. I also repeatedly called on the opposition to reassume their work in the parliament in order to move on with the reform and make all necessary preparations for the upcoming elections.”

EP urges Albanian opposition to back justice reform to boost country’s EU accession bid

A senior Member of the European Parliament has accused Albania's main opposition party of effectively blocking reforms widely seen as being vital in keeping the country's EU accession ambitions alive


Dutch vote in key elections as far-right slips

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Poll: Euroscepticism in Scotland at record level

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The best alternative to a ‘hard’ Brexit may be no Brexit at all

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

EU ‘well prepared’ as May prepares to press Brexit trigger

By: EBR | Monday, March 13, 2017

Three Trump actions that could rattle Europe’s economy

By: EBR | Monday, March 13, 2017

ESISC report alleges MEP links to ’Armenia-supportive’ ’anti-Azerbaijan propaganda’

By: EBR | Thursday, March 09, 2017

It is time the EU named and shamed backsliding members

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The responsibility to defend Europe

By: EBR | Friday, March 03, 2017

Security is about more than just military spending

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Europe combats a new foe of political stability: fake news

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: a welcome boost for the World Economy

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mélenchon and Hamon unable to overcome differences on Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, February 23, 2017

The bailout business in the EU

By: EBR | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Don’t start Brexit talks with a clash on cash

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Commission fluffs lines on decision-making reform

By: EBR | Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eurogroup deputy: ‘Grexit is a non-issue’

By: EBR | Thursday, February 16, 2017

EU urged to intensify sanctions against Moscow

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pierre Moscovici: A response to the populist tsunami

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don’t give up on Europe

By: EBR | Friday, February 10, 2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

By: EBR | Friday, February 10, 2017

Why is Europe so silent on Syria?

By: EBR | Friday, February 10, 2017

Eurozone proposals will be Rome party pooper

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Europe looks beyond March summit to forge vision

By: EBR | Friday, February 03, 2017

‘Goodbye roaming’: EU clears final hurdle to end mobile charges abroad

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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The future of Europe is at stake, and the reasons extend far beyond obvious challenges such as the migration crisis and the political turbulence that led to Brexit


The black box of executive compensation

German companies need to do much more to live up to the transparency standards required by democracy in the age of globalization

Editor’s Column

Did Wilders really lose?

By: N. Peter Kramer

It is not often in politics that you can lose the elections and still call yourself a winner. That's what happened to Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte


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