Europe's Workforce

Tensions between the poor and the rich
In regards to economic power, cost of labour, purchasing power and social security, Europe continues to see a shocking disparity between countries. Also those fearful of globalization and a change of the work market in the continent's more affluent countries makes way for mass unsettlement which fuels Euro-critical populists. The European Union wants to strive for social justice, good employment and educational opportunities and to position itself as a benchmark for social standards. But will this be enough to unite the continent and take the wind out of the sails of the EU’s opponents? 
A waiter waits for customers at a restaurant in Barcelona on October 14, 2020. - Bars and restaurants are to be closed across Spain's northeastern Catalonia region for the next 15 days to slow rising coronavirus infections, the regional government said. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
A waiter waits for customers at a restau […]

New virus restrictions deal fresh blow to Spain economy

Fresh virus restrictions imposed in Spain's two regional economic powerhouses, Catalonia and Madrid, have darkened the country's bleak growth forecasts and angered business leaders
Thousands of Spanish flags, representing the Spanish victims of COVID-19, are pictured on Patacona beach in Valencia, on October 4, 2020. - Spain has so far claimed more than 32,000 lives and 790,000 infected in the highest infection rate in the European Union. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP)
Thousands of Spanish flags, representing […]

Spain hopes to create 800,000 jobs with economic rescue plan

Spain's government has unveiled an EU-funded recovery plan aimed at creating over 800,000 new jobs and yanking the country out of its worst economic slump in decades
The aerial view shows parked airplanes at the airport Duesseldorf, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)
The aerial view shows parked airplanes a […]

Aviation, autos and other virus victims

What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation, retail and automobile sectors? A recap of some major casualties amid layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictured during an AFP interview at her home in Madrid on June 25, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictu […]

Jobless and desperate: the post-lockdown reality for many

Many workers' lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, as job losses in tourism, air travel, food and drink or other industries hit those both on fixed contracts and in the informal sector
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