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Europe calling: Politik für Europa – Politics for Europe

Financial crisis, economic crisis, refugee crisis: They are serving as centrifugal forces, polarising Europe and driving it apart. Recently, trust in the European Union and finding joint solutions for such central challenges has really suffered. 
That makes it even more important to ask: What is keeping Europe together?  And what progressive European policies can counter pessimism and legitimate worries with a positive alternative that is fit for the future?
With Europe Calling (#ec17fes), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation will address these questions and discuss them in Rome (21st March), Belgrad (9th Mai), Brussels (tbc), Budapest (tbc) and Berlin (tbc).  Europe Calling is developing ideas for a social, fair and free Europe. Join the discussion! Follow the live stream and live bloging!

View from the other side - Partners' perspective on Ostpolitik

Germany has often been invited to engage stronger in foreign policy. Within the framework of the Ukraine crisis, Germany now played a central role within the EU. Through the partners' eyes we are looking in the new FES publication at the Ostpolitik. How is Germany's role assessed, what expectations and which criticisms do the partner countries have in this commitment? With a view from 12 countries, all the complexity that Germany needs considering from this central role becomes visible. What is especially clear, is that Germany's commitment is greatly appreciated by its partners and this mainly because it takes a coordinating and not a leading role. The Romanian perspective is offered by Stephan Meuser, country representative of the FES in Romania:

Minimum Wage as a Public Policy Instrument – Pros and Cons

The study presents arguments in support of the need to introduce/increase the minimum wage in the countries at the periphery of the European Union, including Romania. It also analyses the correlation between the increase of the minimum wage and the dynamics of labor productivity in Romania, between the economic  competitiveness and the minimum wage, but also between the increase in the minimum wage and the reduction in the poverty/economic deprivation rate. The study concludes that the deep income inequality, the inequitable distribution of the net national income between labor and capital, the asymmetrical dissemination of the benefits of economic growth and the slow social lift are arguments in favor an increase of the minimum wage to a decent level able to boost the economic and social multiplier effects of using this instrument.  The study is available in English as well as in Romanian.

The 2016 Annual Reviews of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue for 16 countries in Central Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe

The „Annual Reviews of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue” provide a yearly analysis of important developments in the field of Labour Relations for 16 countries of Central Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe. For 2016, some of the dominant topics in the region are the raise of wages, including minimum wages, an increase in precarious working conditions, (qualified) labour shortage in the Baltics and the V4 countries, as well as dissatisfaction in most countries about the state of tripartite social dialogue. The country report for Romania is available here. („”) presents the situation in Romania is an online debate portal on politics and events initiated by the Berlin Forum of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation,  aimed at bloggers, politicians, journalists and culture-builders. Find the interview on the situation in Romania from the FES country representative here.

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