Unhappy EU, Part III

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News from the EU continues to be mostly negative:



  • Andrej Chovan: Slovak foreign policy thinking in the run-up to the EU Council Presidency
  • Dalibor Rohac: Slovakia’s Illiberal Future?


  • FT: Matteo Renzi sharpens his rhetorical barbs at Brussels
  • Bloomberg: Merkel's Deputy Says Austrian Border Plan Is Warning to Europe
  • WSJ: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Push Creditors for Less Austerity in Davos
  • FT: Podemos proposes leftwing coalition to break Spain logjam
  • The Economist: "Rigid labour rules are tougher on young workers than older ones. People without much experience find it harder to demonstrate that they are worth employing. And when companies know they cannot easily get rid of duds, they become reluctant to hire anyone at all. This is especially true when the economy is not growing fast and they have to bear the huge fixed cost of all the older permanent employees they took on in easier times. France is not alone in having such problems. In the euro area, Greece, Spain and Italy all have rules that coddle insiders and discourage outsiders. Their youth unemployment rates are, respectively, 48%, 48% and 40%"
  • Le Monde: « Réduire l’incertitude sur les licenciements favorise l’emploi »

Earlier parts of the series:

Paying taxes in the digital economy

Tax worldwide profits A policy proposal from the Economist: Keeping [the current] approach, but toughening up the policing, means creating yet more rules—and loopholes. Better...

Economic recovery in Spain

According to European Commission's Winter 2016 Economic Forecast, Spain's gross domestic product grew 3.2% in 2015 and is expected to grow at a 2.8%...