domenica 15 giugno 2014

Why we need a social Europe


eutopiamagazine
Mario Draghi’s remark that "The European social model has already gone" has joined Margaret Thatcher’s "There is no such thing as society", and Angela Merkel’s demand that democracy be "marktkonform" as statements that their authors’ critics distort by ripping them from their contexts, but which nevertheless tell us something important about the authors’ mind-set – though usually not what either they or the critics had in mind.

Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, made his remark in February 2012 in the course of an interview with the Wall Street Journal about the southern European debt crisis. He had been criticising the way in which labour laws and working practices in some European countries seemed to protect a minority of the workforce while creating unemployment for the young. The WSJ interviewer, interpreting this as meaning a desire by Draghi to strip away social policy in Europe, then asked: "Do you think Europe will become less of the social model that has defined it?" Draghi responded: "The European social model has already gone when we see the youth unemployment rates prevailing in some countries."

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