Reality Check
Serious concerns about the design of “global health” – Would the EU also support limiting the state’s capacity to act?
Amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) and draft zero of the International Treaty on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (CA+) have also come under heavy criticism regarding management, control, and sanctioning powers. Many believe that there would be a transfer of sovereign state functions to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization's Director-General could declare a regional or global health emergency under the proposed regulations, even in the event of potential emergencies. With his decision, the WHO Director-General could override the basic constitutional order of virtually all states.
In Ukraine, posters advertise the Ukrainian-Hungarian common destiny
Ukrainian posters proclaim a common destiny between Hungarian and Ukrainian residents, highlighting that Hungarians are equally involved in the Russian-Ukrainian war, while the Hungarian government has consistently urged the early agreement in a ceasefire and the start of peace talks. Despite Hungary's pro-peace stance, the clients of the posters in Ukraine still have not reached the urgent need to end the war.
A new era of German social policy: the introduction of the system called „Bürgergeld”, i.e., citizens’ benefit
One might wonder what rational reasons might have led Europe's largest economy to increase the tax burden on its national citizens at a time of increasing inflationary burdens on European households, ineffective management of the effects of immigration and an economic crisis that has hit Europe as a whole even further, in an attempt to tackle labour market challenges caused by immigration. Does strengthening the unemployment benefit system and calling it a "citizen's benefit" really increase immigrants' chances on the labour market, contributing to the development of the German economy, or is it just another ineffective social policy tool that could increase the voter base of the welfare-oriented left? Our analysis examined this topic.
Economic Analyses
Transversal competences will define the labour market of the future
The global technological transformation, the dynamic expansion of digitisation and automation, demographic changes, the COVID-19 pandemic and, in line with these, the increasing use of flexible and atypical forms of employment are fundamentally changing the future of work, and consequently the labour market expectations for individual jobs...
Sense of prosperity among households worsened in July, while that of companies improved slightly
According to the July 2023 survey of Századvég Konjunktúrakutató, the sense of prosperity worsened among households but improved slightly among businesses. The household index, measured on a scale of -100 to +100, fell from -19.4 to -22.5, while the business index rose slightly from -16.4 to -16.2...
Economic uncertainties undermined business sentiment in June
According to the June 2023 survey of Századvég Konjunktúrakutató, the sense of prosperity among households and businesses has deteriorated. The household index, measured on a scale of -100 to +100, fell slightly, from -17.9 to -19.4, while the business index fell more sharply, from -10.4 to -16.4...
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