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
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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.
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