Roma professionals are not welcome in Brussels
10-12 million Roma people live in Europe, half of them in EU countries. Nevertheless, there's hardly any Roma person working in the EU institutions have a considerable impact on their lives.
15 Dec 2017
one of the most severe social inequalities in Europe
Since the turn of 1989, the share in the income of the richest group of Poles (1% of society) has doubled. Why is Poland one of Europe’s leaders in terms of inequalities?
11 Dec 2017
When a dream summer in the US becomes a nightmare
Have you heard of the Work and Travel program for young people who want to visit the US? Although advertised as such, it doesn’t always turn out to be the best summer of your life.
7 Dec 2017
Poland on the brink of a catastrophic nurse shortage
According to OECD data from 2015, there are 5.2 nurses per thousand inhabitants in Poland. This places our country at the very bottom of the EU. Switzerland is at the top of the list (17.9), followed by our German neighbors (13.3).
6 Dec 2017
gap -- Why do half of Austrian women work part-time?
The particularly high number of female part-time employees in Austria raises numerous questions. What is the underlying reason? How can we distribute work in a more balanced way?
5 Dec 2017
Rebalancing power could prevent sexual harassment
Sexual harassment is one of the most common forms of the abuse of power. “If more women run the show, men aren’t going to act like such animals. They’re going to have women reminding them to be better behaved,” claims a Berkeley professor.
27 Nov 2017
Bratislava -- the "brainiest" capital
of the EU
Every fifth person who lives in the Slovak capital works in the brain business. Why is it that Bratislava beats all European capitals -- from Paris to Stockholm?
27 Nov 2017
When mothers can't afford to work
The number of stay-at-home mothers in Ireland has fallen quite dramatically, yet they still outnumber their male counterparts by more than 40 times. Only 3 out 5 Irish women work. What seems to be the obstacle?
22 Nov 2017
Drivers of London's iconic black taxis are over Uber
Andy, a former chemical engineer, is studying 80 hours a week ahead of the memory test mandatory for taxi drivers in London. "I speak five languages, I’ve got two degrees, and this is easily the hardest thing I’ve done."
14 Nov 2017
Why are Polish women backing out of the labor market?
Does 120 EUR more a month in the family budget really translate into 50 thousand women less on the labor market? According to magazine headlines, yes. But the real reasons are more complex.
10 Nov 2017
Will women work less or more in an automated world?
The discourse on the future of work and working hours is very technology-driven, says labour sociologist Annika Schönauer. She questions whether everything that is technically possible should be implemented.
7 Nov 2017
Fashion crimes -- Zara shoppers get reality check
Oh, we know. We know textile laborers are underpaid and mistreated. It was on the news too often for anyone to plead ignorance. We know, but we conveniently forget every time we enter a shopping mall.
7 Nov 2017
Busting the myth of gender equal start-ups
Mathilde Ramadier explains why codetermination, flat hierarchies and equal rights are often just empty promises in the start-up world.
1 Nov 2017
"Bonkers and unbelievable" pension system in Ireland
The Irish state pension has been calculated based on the number weeks of work. For women who left the workforce to raise children, or in some cases simply got married, this calculation is resulting in a considerably lower payment.
17 Oct 2017
Fact-checking the Belgian Prime Minister
'Jobs, jobs, jobs' is the current credo of Belgium's government. After three years, we see an increasing amount of them, but the numbers don't show the budgetary deficit, several adverse social effects and other broken promises.
11 Oct 2017
Macron the Magnificent v. Everyday Emmanuel
France has awoken besides everyday Emmanuel: a headstrong investment banker with a vision of his own for the country, and little interest in catering to the desires of the populace.
6 Oct 2017
Mothers cheer as Estonia gives fathers a boost
The Estonian government gave fathers additional 30-days of paid time off with their newborns, which is one of the longest paid paternity leave for fathers in European Union.
28 Sep 2017
Sorry, can’t come to work today. I have a severe honesty infection
Over the course of its complex history of being constantly over run and forced under the control of foreign powers, Poland has evolved a species of European with an epigenetic distrust of governments and a genius for disobedience.
27 Sep 2017
It pays to be young in Estonia
Estonia is a country that loves its young people. In the spirit of putting our money where our mouthes are, this affection for our youth is clearly reflected in their salaries.
26 Sep 2017
Self-deprecation at work -- harmless fun or more harm than good?
Highlighting our professional insecurities could be more damaging in the long term than that quick laugh is worth
25 Sep 2017