How to reintegrate new parents in the labor market?
Going back to work after family leave is challenging in Hungary, especially since so few companies offer part-time employment. A new grassroots initiative has found a possible solution to the problem.
22 Mar 2018
Young Hungarians plan their future abroad
The labor shortage in Hungary is getting worse, but Hungarians working in Austria say they do not want to come home.
16 Mar 2018
Shorter working hours in a feminist society
Feminist sociologist Frigga Haug proposes a radical reduction of working hours -- a demand that is also found in the Austrian Women's Petition.
14 Mar 2018
How gender equal is Germany?
A dire overview of gender inequalities was released by Die Zeit: smaller salaries, under-representation in upper management of big business and, most surprisingly considering the current head of state, a lack of access to political power.
13 Mar 2018
The cost of taking sexual harassment from a hashtag to the law
Most victims don't report workplace harassment. And when they do, they face costly legal fees, opaque complaints procedures, and health issues.
13 Mar 2018
Switching sides: the politicians who become lobbyists
Numerous former heads of state and retired politicians, some of whom were staunch opponents of "big business," accept questionable offers from large companies, becoming lobbyists for industries they used to regulate.
12 Mar 2018
Austria still struggles with labor market inequities
The current figures of Statistics Austria show that 49% of mothers with children under the age of 15 work part-time. An in-depth look at the numbers indicates that women mostly forego full-time work because of children and dependent relatives.
7 Mar 2018
Polish government finally reaches
agreement with junior doctors
After weeks of hunger strike and a bold, strategic move of the doctors' association, Poland's Minister of Health has made an offer acceptable to the young professionals. Along with the agreement, goes a promise of higher GDP spending in healthcare.
21 Feb 2018
Malta transit desperate for drivers
Malta Public Transport (MPT) says it is forced to import foreign labor because it can't find enough local drivers. Meanwhile, many feel that migrants are not welcome.
19 Feb 2018
affected by unequal distribution of wealth
The gap between the rich and poor within industrialized countries has reached its highest level in 30 years. As a result, the middle class is shrinking. However, the trend markedly differs from country to country.
19 Feb 2018
Underage labor case sheds light on regulation issues
A 15-year-old was left with no legal recourse after his employer refused to pay him a summer's worth of wages in Tallinn, causing a public debate around the current labor regulations in Estonia.
19 Feb 2018
The heavy price of Bosnian bureaucracy
Bosnia, a country of less than four million people, has nearly 40,000 government workers who cost 800 million euro per year to maintain.
16 Feb 2018
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Asylum seekers allowed to work in Ireland, with restrictions
Asylum seekers in Ireland have been granted the right to work but must pay up to €1,000 for a permit and are excluded from jobs in 60 sectors, including hospitality, healthcare, construction and childcare.
15 Feb 2018
Mothers pay the price for nursery school shortages in Hungary
The country's critical lack of facilities deprives children of early socialization rituals, and also condemns many women to staying at home.
7 Feb 2018
Željezara Zenica, one of ex Yugoslav's steel industry giants, is bankrupt, leaving its workers without jobs or the right to retire. But, as PM of Federation of B&H Fadil Novalić told media, they can go ahead and buy the factory, if they like.
6 Feb 2018
Slovak civil servants launch initiatives to improve the profession
One year ago, Monika Filipová, civil servant at the Ministry of the Interior, spoke up against a minister whose reputation was torn by scandals. Now, she has launched an initiative to improve the entire field of civil service.
30 Jan 2018
Slovak PM: Let's avoid becoming Belgium
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico published a commentary saying he doesn't want Slovakia to be "full of migrants from developing countries" like there are in the suburbs of Brussels.
25 Jan 2018
German businesses in Slovakia struggle to find fluent speakers
Because fewer children have been studying German in Slovak schools, German businesses say they are struggling to find employees who speak the language.
23 Jan 2018
Bosnian coal mine bids farewell to women
In communist Yugoslavia, women were encouraged to work in coal mines with men. The few women remaining are about to retire.
23 Jan 2018
Can unconditional welfare cure unemployment in Finland?
Finland is giving free money to 2,000 randomly-selected unemployed people to see if it encourages them to work. The one-of-a-kind trial is being watched by other countries considering radical forms of welfare.
22 Jan 2018