Many political decisions today are made on a European level. But the debate about the future of our union takes place too often in a domestic framework. To strengthen the European readership even stronger within this supplement about the labour market and education in the European Union, we gathered links to piece from all newspapers participating: El País from Madrid, The Guardian from London, Gazeta Wyborcza from Warsaw, La Stampa from Turin, Le Monde from Paris and Süddeutsche Zeitung from Munich.
El País publishes two op-eds. In the first, Spanish politologue José Ignacio Torreblanca argues that in this particularly difficult time better policies won’t be sufficient. According to him, it is necessary to renovate and overhaul the institutional architecture. Both in Spain, and the EU.
Secondly, the former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González believes that the only tool Europe has to face the financial crisis and the challenges of globalization is more EU -- and less nationalism.
El País also gathered reports about how three sectors that could show the way towards a more sustainable economic model for Spain: in biotech, in the food industry, and in solar energy. Find the whole dossier from El País here.
The Guardian’s Ian Traynor traveled Europe -- where is the labour market working, where isn’t it? His observation: The euro was envisioned as a way to bring the continent together. But now the gaps between the countries are widening. Will Hutton comments about restrictions on the labour market. He makes the case for cuts while keeping workers‘ rights. The British paper is also running a live panel about the labour market that starts at 1pm London time, 2pm German time. Readers can contribute to the debate in the comments section. Find the whole Guardian dossier here.
Gazeta Wyborcza is running a piece about young Polish people who want to study in London. It’s not affordable for everybody. Tomasz Bielecki is analysing why Europeans are losing faith in the Union. On the Guardian’s page, you can find an English version of Monika Redzisz’s article about Polish moms that create jobs themselves that suit them.
La Stampa's page can be viewed here.
Le Monde did an interview with the sociologist Vincenzo Cicchelli about Europe’s youth. He argues that adolescence today takes longer. As life gets more flexible, he argues, there are no longer any fixed points when you reach definitive adulthood like the end of your studies. Young people today move back into their parents’ home when they are unemployed. A Spanish version of the interview can be found here.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung explains why the German job is market is working so well. There were deregulations in the past that enabled this, but there are also downsides. They also have a Q&A on the Bologna reform that should enable Europe-wide studies. Stefan Kornelius talks on a video about how Germany is seen by its European partners at the moment. You can find all German pieces on this page.