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? 
Civil Defence members carry a patient on a stretcher as they arrive at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes, Spain, on March 26, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Civil Defence members carry a patient on […]

Brutal choices, loneliness, death: on the frontline with Spain’s medics

Meet Sara, Regina, Sonia and Irene, healthcare workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus that has brought Spain's hospitals to the brink of collapse
Commuters talk after being rejected by the Hungarian police at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing on the Austrian-Hungarian border on March 18, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Commuters talk after being rejected by t […]

Virus frontier closures hamper cross-border workers

Workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe face a difficult dilemma now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders
Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP
Spanish caretaker prime minister, social […]

Spanish PM turns left in coalition with Podemos

Spain's new coalition between PM Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and hard-left Podemos wants to raise taxes for the rich, roll back a reform of labour market laws and raise salaries
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