Economic Migration and Brexit

I was asked if I wanted to work in Germany, and sadly took too long to say, “Yes”. I was wondering what impact Brexit would have on such an opportunity. If the UK, agrees the Govt’s withdrawal agreement, there is a two year transitional agreement, which I think means that “Freedom of Movement” will continue to apply. But otherwise …  Continue reading “Economic Migration and Brexit”

Dr. Fritz Scharpf

I had cause to look at, I have not yet finished the following paper, “The asymmetry of European integration, or why the EU cannot be a ‘social market economy’”. written by Dr. Fritz Scharpf, a German Academic who finished his working career as the Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), in Cologne. Continue reading “Dr. Fritz Scharpf”

Stability & Growth Pact

Do the EU treaties inhibit a Labour Government? Much of the debate focuses on industrial policy. Could a Labour Government nationalise an industry? (Yes!) Can it subsidise companies? (Not if this inhibits European companies from entering a market.) Could a Labour Government introduce a minimum wage? (Yes!).  A more interesting question is around Macro-economic policy. Here are my notes on the Stability & Growth Pact (SGP). Continue reading “Stability & Growth Pact”