Monday 19. March 2018
Economy & Finances

The next financial crisis: a veil of mist and a crystal ball

European Union

Ten years after the first shocks that struck to the heart of global finance in the summer of 2007, and only a few days after the fall of the stock markets in February 2018, circumspection is called for before referring to “the next financial crisis”.

The European strategy for plastic in a circular economy

European Commission

In 2015, the European Commission published an action plan on the circular economy entitled “The missing link”. The package of initiatives presented proposed to "close the circle" of the lifecycle of products by increasing recycling and reuse.

Tax justice in the EU and beyond

European Union

After the Panama Papers, the publication of the Paradise Papers increased the pressure on the EU to combat tax evasion and money laundering. Jörg Alt, an employee in the research project “Tax justice and poverty”, puts forward some proposals here. 

Impacts of digitalisation on employment in Europe

EU Commission

The full impact of digitalisation on jobs is uncertain. The EU needs to focus on developing skills for the digital age argues Martin Ulbrich.

November EU-Africa Summit: A Zambian Perspective

EU Commission

Ahead of November’s EU-Africa Summit, a Zambian Jesuit economist surveys problems with existing EU-Africa trade relations.

Stuck in the Doldrums - EU-Africa Trade Deals

European External Action Service

The blueprint for a patchwork of trade agreements between the EU and African nations has not been achieved. This is because existing and proposed arrangements are based on an economic paradigm that fails to deliver authentically sustainable development, argues Henry Longbottom SJ.

Financial Transaction Tax: Has the Time Come?

European Commission

The FTT has been under discussion for more than 5 years now. After such a long process, will an agreement be reached or will it fall at the last hurdle?


A first step in the fight against conflict minerals

European Parliament
Half of the workforce of the artisanal mining sector is comprised of children. Without viable economic alternatives, most children must join their parents in rudimentary mining pits. Children as young as two years transport, wash, and crush minerals

On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 16 March 2017.  The objective of this legislation is to put an end to the financing of armed groups through the trading of so-called conflict minerals.

Mixed results for legislation on “conflict minerals”

European Union

After three years of negotiations, the European Union has finally got round to legislating on conflict minerals – definitely a step forward, but not going far enough.

Daring to dream of a new Europe – the Church responds to the Pope’s challenge


While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?

Taxing the wealthy in Europe

European Union

The EU Commission and Apple are at loggerheads over tax penalties. Patrick Zoll sets out the basic issues on fair taxation.


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