BY INGEBORG ELIASSEN Both the public and politicians have expressed anger at the systematic exploitation of truck drivers working in international transport as exposed by Investigate Europe and others. This outrage has now produced political action.Investigate Europe’s latest project, 'sweatshops on wheels', has exposed the most basic factor in the business model of international transport: increasingly cheaper drivers. Truck drivers are indispensable for societies to function. In spite of that, those who transport goods between Western European countries have wages that are a fraction of the minimum pay in the countries where they work and face conditions that could constitute [...]
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BY HARALD SCHUMANN In the end, the ministers and commissioners spoke as if they were good Europeans again.It was, according Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Monetary Union "a historic day for the eurozone" and he added that "the crisis is now behind us.”"It’s done," confirmed Portugal’s Finance Minister Mario Centeno, currently chairman of the Eurogroup. "With our solidarity it was successful,” said his German colleague Olaf Scholz, and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated that "Europe should be proud of its common currency".With such collective self-praise the eurozone leaders recently celebrated the end of their crisis programme for over-indebted Greece (it [...]