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Time to take it serious! This is the last chance!
Today Jean-Claude Juncker presented his new Commission (423 voted in favour) to the European Parliament which is everything but gender balanced and he qualified this rightly as “ridiculous”. He insisted very much on the last chance that this Commission, which in his understanding shall be “the most political one”, to reconcile citizens with the institutions. He challenged his own Commission to go for a social triple A. SOLIDAR strongly supports the triple ‘A’ and urges the new Commission to promote Social Justice in European and world-wide, please read our recommendations here.
Health and social work are not for trade
Last week SOLIDAR, Global Progressive Forum and European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) facilitated a meeting with the US services and investment trade negotiators and Members of the European Parliament Jörg Leichtfried (MEP, Austria), David Martin (MEP, UK), Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero (MEP, Spain), Agnes Jongerius (MEP, Netherlands) and Pedro Silva-Pereira (MEP, Portugal).
TTIP: enforceable labour and social standards needed!
Last week SOLIDAR, Global Progressive Forum and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) facilitated a meeting with the US labour negotiators and Members of the European Parliament Jörg Leichtfried (MEP, Austria), David Martin (MEP, UK), Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero (MEP, Spain), Agnes Jongerius (MEP, Netherlands) and Pedro Silva-Pereira (MEP, Portugal). At this meeting the question of enforceable labour and social strandards on the basis of ILO Conventions were discussed.
Rationale? Let’s be Rational!
A ghost haunts Europe again. We were told that the worst of the crisis was behind us, but fresh fears have been stoked by down-turns in the stock markets. Inflation, deflation, depression and many other alarming words have become part of the narrative. As an outsider, it can be almost amusing to listen to the commentary about the developments on the stock markets. These markets are about technology and algorithms - how can it be that the wording used to describe this technology can make a high speed train seem like a snail by comparison? Why this emotionally driven and highly evocative tone? How can markets be ‘afraid’, ‘not in a good mood’ or have any feelings?