Europe's Workforce

Tensions between the poor and the rich
In regards to economic power, cost of labour, purchasing power and social security, Europe continues to see a shocking disparity between countries. Also those fearful of globalization and a change of the work market in the continent's more affluent countries makes way for mass unsettlement which fuels Euro-critical populists. The European Union wants to strive for social justice, good employment and educational opportunities and to position itself as a benchmark for social standards. But will this be enough to unite the continent and take the wind out of the sails of the EU’s opponents? 
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, which will hinder our work," says Bulgarian truck driver Dimitar Velinov. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, w […]

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

They transport goods from Europe to Britain, export British produce to the EU, or recruit scientists and researchers... AFP has spoken to six people whose lives will be directly affected by Brexit
An anti-Brexit protester holds Union and EU flags outside a conference centre in central London on December 4, 2020, as post-Brexit trade deal talks continue. Photo: Niklas Halle'n / AFP
An anti-Brexit protester holds Union and […]

EU citizens in the UK face two-tier system after Brexit

Most EU citizens settled in the UK will retain their rights to live and work in the country after Brexit, but on January 1 a two-tiered system comes into force that may exclude thousands
This picture shows the construction site of a high-rise building at the business district of La Defense west of Paris on October 21, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus). - La Defense, the largest European business district and the fourth largest in the world, had to reshape its activity following the Covid-19 pandemic: work from home, barrier measures and safety guidelines. According to Paris-La Defense association district, 60% of its workers have returned to the office. However, following the lockdown, the generalisation of home working, the partial closure of bars and restaurants and, now, the curfew, the daily life of some 500 companies and 180,000 employees is permanently affected. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
This picture shows the construction site […]

EU warns no return to pre-crisis economy before 2023

A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has stalled a nascent recovery in Europe, as the EU warned that the economy would not return to pre-virus normality before 2023
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in front of the Palazzo Chigi Government office in Rome, lit with the color of the Italian flag on November 1, 2020. - Italy reported 31,758 new cases of the virus on October 31, 2020, a new daily record. The government is eyeing a lockdown of the country's major cities, news media reported, to try to slow the alarming rise in infections. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
A couple, wearing face masks, walks in f […]

Italian regions latest to enter lockdown as virus grips Europe

Swathes of Italy have returned to coronavirus lockdown as the resurgent pandemic continued its march through Europe and reached record levels in the United States
This picture shows a view of the business district of La Defense west of Paris taken from the roof of the Grande Arche on October 8, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus). - La Defense, the largest European business district and the fourth largest in the world, had to reshape its activity following the Covid-19 pandemic: work from home, barrier measures and safety guidelines. According to Paris-La Defense association district, 60% of its workers have returned to the office. However, following the lockdown, the generalisation of home working, the partial closure of bars and restaurants and, now, the curfew, the daily life of some 500 companies and 180,000 employees is permanently affected. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
This picture shows a view of the busines […]

In the sleeping towers of Paris’ vast business district

As France heads towards a new lockdown, how has Europe's largest business district of La Defense reshaped its work practices to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic?
A waiter waits for customers at a restaurant in Barcelona on October 14, 2020. - Bars and restaurants are to be closed across Spain's northeastern Catalonia region for the next 15 days to slow rising coronavirus infections, the regional government said. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
A waiter waits for customers at a restau […]

New virus restrictions deal fresh blow to Spain economy

Fresh virus restrictions imposed in Spain's two regional economic powerhouses, Catalonia and Madrid, have darkened the country's bleak growth forecasts and angered business leaders
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