Tag: Social Europe

Brexit and EU Social Policy: Uncertainty for the UK, Opportunities for the EU

Pieter Pecinovsky LERU Brexit Seminar The relationship between the EU and the UK has always been characterised by a troublesome dialogue of ambivalence. This is particularly the case concerning the European Union’s social policy. When the ambitious Delors Commission wanted to introduce a chapter on social policy into the EU treaties with the Treaty of …

The ‘Headscarf Rulings’: Did the Court of Justice Really Ban Headscarves in the Workplace?

The recent EU court rulings on wearing headscarves in the workplace demonstrate the conflict between enabling EU economic freedoms on the other hand and protecting the rights of workers on the other, writes Rebecca Zahn. She argues that, while the judgements are nuanced in their determination of acceptable work requirements, the weight given to the …

What Future Has the European Union after its Sixtieth Anniversary – Back to the Future?

The main challenge facing today’s European Union is to find ways to bring together the diverging interests of its many members, writes Colin Imrie. He argues that, if the EU27 manage to arrive at a common vision combining economic and social priorities, the EU could begin once again to demonstrate its relevance and importance to …