Author: Harald Schumann

Basta! (France) | Social hold-up: How European labour laws were dismantled at no benefit to us

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Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain… and now France: over the last decade, many European Union member states have been subjected to profound labour law reforms. New laws were passed, allegedly, in the name of the fight against unemployment. But studies published since, including by the most liberal of institutions, are unanimous: their influence over a boost in employment has been minimal. The truth is, in fact, rather bruising: these new policies have resulted in soaring precariousness and a fall of wages.

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Precarious work: Europe’s new reserve army

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Detail of the article as published by Der Tagesspiegel. Illustration by Julia Schneider

Millions of Europeans in temporary, part-time or bogus self-employed contracts can only find insecure and badly paid jobs, despite the healthy economic climate. That is the price of deregulating labour markets, Investigate Europe reports. This precarious set of labour conditions was created intentionally. FULL ENGLISH VERSION

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Público (Portugal) | How precariousness made the EU change its speech on labour

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The ECB, the European Commission and the IMF have all changed their speech: It is as if the 2017 troika criticizes the 2011 troika. Credit: Nuno Ferreira Santos (Publico archive)

Since 2008 there were more than 400 labor law changes in the EU countries. But 4 out of 5 of the new jobs are either fixed-term or part-time. Deregulating may have boosted precarious contracts. And that’s being noticed in Brussels’ political cabinets.

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Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

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This dependency is solid. Credit: Martin Abegglen/flickr

On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.

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Video | Munich, LiMux and the (planned) return to Microsoft

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For ten years, a team of experts have worked to move the municipal computer system from the American IT giant Microsoft to open software. Not everything has run smoothly. But the transition is a huge success, declared the deputy mayor in 2014. Elsewhere in Europe, Munich also soon became the lighthouse for the open source community. Now mayor Dieter Reiter and his coalition want to return to Microsoft.

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