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Why trade unions have a problem with the minimum wage and what can be done about it

Swedish and Danish trade unions have been up in arms about a minimum wage proposal making its way through the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg for a while. They have now enlisted the help of closely allied social democratic MEPs and have managed to force a debate and vote in the European Parliament, thus blocking the swift passage of the minimum wage directive for several months. Bob Hancké examines the debate. Trade unions against the minimum wage. Not exactly a slogan that would...

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Cooperation á la carte is the way forward for EU AI regulation

Disputes over how to regulate artificial intelligence have rapidly risen up the global agenda in the last few years. But is a single set of global, or even just transatlantic rules the way to address the issue? Daniel Mügge argues that for the European Union, with its towering ethical ambitions, the answer may be ‘No’. Earlier this year, the EU became the first major jurisdiction to publish a set of draft rules for artificial intelligence (AI). There are good reasons to keep close...

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Scotland needs a pragmatic strategy for its EU and global relations

In recent months, the Scottish government has made clear its intention to increase its European and global profile. However, it is limited by the impact of Brexit, its antagonistic relationship with the UK government, and polarisation over its EU and international engagement, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues the government should use its promised Global Affairs Framework to establish a credible and pragmatic strategy which recognises these challenges and articulates a post-Brexit,...

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Romania’s ‘Hungarian problem’: A minority caught between integration and self-segregation

Romania is home to a large Hungarian population and the country’s legal system provides a number of rights in relation to the use of the Hungarian language in public life. Yet as Beáta Huszka argues, the way these rights have been implemented is frequently problematic and can foster a form of self-segregation among members of the Hungarian minority. Romania, like many countries in Central and Eastern Europe, has a significant minority population. The largest minority group consists of...

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How the EU’s Geographical Indications scheme helps foster economic development in rural areas

Products associated with specific locations in Europe, such as Roquefort and Parma ham, are protected under the EU’s ‘Geographical Indications’ scheme. This ensures these products can only be legally sold if they are produced in specified areas. As Riccardo Crescenzi, Fabrizio De Filippis, Mara Giua and Cristina Vaquero-Piñeiro write, Geographical Indications play a vital role for local development in rural areas with limited public expenditure. They provide protection against...

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How Germany’s coalition negotiations could change the EU’s political landscape

Coalition negotiations are still ongoing between the German Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats. Minna Ålander, Julina Mintel and Dominik Rehbaum examine what an agreement between the three parties might mean for EU politics. After the Social Democrats (SPD) claimed a surprise victory in the 2021 German federal election, they have proceeded to start coalition negotiations with the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP). The preliminary talks resulted in a consultation paper, which...

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How will Poland’s dispute with the EU affect its national politics?

Tensions between the Polish government and the European Union have raised speculation about a potential ‘Polexit’. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that although opposition claims that Poland’s right-wing ruling party is paving the way for the country’s EU withdrawal are unlikely to make much impact beyond hard-core opponents of the government, a delay or loss of EU funds could be much more damaging. While the government will probably secure a short-term deal leading to the release of these...

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How will Poland’s dispute with the EU affect its national politics?

Tensions between the Polish government and the European Union have raised speculation about a potential ‘Polexit’. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that although opposition claims that Poland’s right-wing ruling party is paving the way for the country’s EU withdrawal are unlikely to make much impact beyond hard-core opponents of the government, a delay or loss of EU funds could be much more damaging. While the government will probably secure a short-term deal leading to the release of these...

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The electoral consequences of European solidarity

Solidarity towards other European countries and citizens became a polarising political topic in the aftermath of the financial and migration crises, but what impact does the issue have on elections? Drawing on new research, Alessandro Pellegata and Francesco Visconti explain that voters who have preferences for more European solidarity are more likely to support green, social-democratic and radical-left parties, and less likely to back moderate and radical-right parties. For a long...

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The electoral consequences of European solidarity

Solidarity towards other European countries and citizens became a polarising political topic in the aftermath of the financial and migration crises, but what impact does the issue have on elections? Drawing on new research, Alessandro Pellegata and Francesco Visconti explain that voters who have preferences for more European solidarity are more likely to support green, social-democratic and radical-left parties, and less likely to back moderate and radical-right parties. For a long...

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