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In 2018, the average level of income in Poland exceeded two-thirds of the average level of the Eurozone. That is an impressive achievement for a country that only entered the EU in 2004 and had to shed the painful legacy of decades of Communist rule

Poland Is Europe’s Growth Champion. Can This Continue?

Key elements of the Polish success story resemble that of the German post-war economic story, especially relying on social and economic inclusiveness as a driver of economic success

We recognise that our moral, political and economic systems need to be radically reprogrammed in order to make poverty unthinkable and impossible on our continent. This reprogramming would also be the engine of economic and social development in Europe, providing wellbeing to European citizenship, including poorer and social excluded people. That is not only fair, it is smart and beneficial for all.

The next European Parliament must commit to making Europe Poverty Free

Almost 70 years later, the next European Parliament will inherit huge challenges of its own – including the fact that Europe’s moral, political and economic systems have led to 113 million people, 22.5% of our population, living at risk of poverty and social exclusion

During the postwar era (1945-1989) collective memories of total war—as well as the economic success of liberal democracy—ensured that neo-fascist movements remained politically marginal. However, the Great Recession (2007-13) has reinvigorated the far right as a viable political alternative. Reflecting on the present moment, China Mieville notes: ‘There has not in living memory been a better time to be a fascist. We live in a utopia: it just isn’t ours.’

The loss of European memory

A commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law was Europe’s answer to fascism. The loss of this European memory presents real dangers amid a resurgent populism

In short, the EU needs a new banner to rally its supporters behind, and an idea from a former Belgian social affairs minister might be just the job. “How about an EU-wide unemployment benefits scheme?” asks Frank Vandenbroucke, who in addition to teaching and research work at the University of Amsterdam, is also a member of Friends of Europe's Board of Trustees.

The EU-wide unemployment benefit idea could be a political winner

These are tough times for the EU, and getting tougher. The European Parliament elections in late May probably won't be catastrophic, but surging support for populist candidates could severely weaken the European project at a time when unity and strength are vital

Di Maio’s trip to Paris, to meet protesters against the French government, seems indeed quite undiplomatic, but it was also the last straw that broke the camel’s back. In recent months, the relationship between the two countries has grown tenser.   Matteo Salvini, leader of the other Italian government party, Lega, has several times publicly criticised the French President. He called Macron ‘new Napoleon’, a ‘windbag’ and a ‘polite young man who exaggerates in champagne’.

France and Italy on a collision course

A rift between two founding countries of the EU was never that wide as the one now between France and Italy.


Groundhog Brexit is driving us crazy- but it's also a global cautionary tale

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Why the Berlaymont will want to cosy up to the Kremlin

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What Franco-German Engine?

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 23, 2019

PM May will stick to her Brexit principles

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 18, 2019

Eurozone in economic bad weather

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brexit: A Cultural Morphology

By: EBR | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Europe: Five Big Surprises for 2019

By: EBR | Thursday, January 3, 2019

Europe matters, but how do we tell young people that?

By: EBR | Thursday, December 27, 2018

The fight for liberal democracy can only be won on the offensive

By: EBR | Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Growing Danger of EU Disintegration

By: EBR | Thursday, December 27, 2018

Europe After a No-Deal Brexit

By: EBR | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Brexit: What Brexit?

By: EBR | Friday, December 14, 2018

Britain, France, and the State of the EU

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Don’t Write Off Angela Merkel or AKK

By: EBR | Monday, December 10, 2018

Merkel: Nationalism and egoism out of Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, November 15, 2018

Greek minister: Far-right rise in Europe needs a progressive federalism response

By: EBR | Friday, November 9, 2018

Europe: The psychological gap between East and West

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Italy: The new Greece?

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Never mind Europe's ageing, the EU should focus instead on the impoverished young

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Merkel’s Way Out

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 30, 2018

“New” Perspectives For Europe

By: EBR | Friday, October 26, 2018

EU candidate Alex Stubb calls for net-zero carbon by 2045

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Greece’s Alexis Tsipras: A remarkably solid politician

By: EBR | Friday, October 19, 2018

Brexit grabs headlines but Asia-Europe ties also matter

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Editor’s Column

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By: N. Peter Kramer

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