26 Sep 2018

In the digital era, Europe is stuck with a 20th-century welfare state  

It has been 10 years since the last economic crisis and, while the wounds have predominantly healed, they remain sore for many. Europe still doesn't have a welfare system to address this or to withstand any new crisis that the future bring.

Karolina Zbytniewska
Karolina Zbytniewska Euractiv, Europe
Source: Euractiv
In the digital era, Europe is stuck with a 20th-century welfare state
  - NewsMavens
European parliament. Pixabay

Why this story matters:

According to Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the Union speech, Europe is once again in prosperity mode and hankering after global power status. However, the Old Continent still has unresolved socio-economic issues that should continue to hold our attention.

First, inequalities -- their overall level has decreased due to the effective catch-up of Central and Eastern Europe member states.

But conversely, when it comes to interregional development levels, disparities have actually increased.

Second, inequalities yet again -- between the young and old. It is the young -- the precariat -- who suffered the most because of the crisis. Even today they remain the most vulnerable employment group, due to the nature of temporary contracts and the changing nature of work that -- in the digitalized future -- will affect them predominantly.

So, Europe, better be prepared. You don’t want to see more angry young men in the streets or at voting stations, do you?

Details from the story:

  • 9.2 million jobs have been added in Europe within 5 years. In some countries and sectors, it’s difficult to find employees. But unemployment remains stubbornly high among Greeks and Spaniards.
  • Salaries have begun to rise again but not as fast as they should, especially when taking into account the bonuses recovered by bankers.
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.


Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at https://newsmavens.com/transparency-policy