Rhein on Energy and Climate

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In recent years social scientists and policy makers have thought about the major objectives of socio-economic policy and come to the conclusion that the maximisation of per capita income should not be the only objective to be pursued. In 2012/13 the UN “Sustainable Development Solutions Network” has come up with the idea of measuring citizens`… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Among the four basic freedoms the EU offers its citizens free movement of labour has traditionally lagged behind, due to cultural and linguistic obstacles and, above all a natural of human longing to stay close to their home. The economic crisis with its unprecedented high unemployment rates, especially among young people, and high income differentials… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The latest Eurobarometer survey published 7 September tells us once again what EU citizens think about and expect from the EU. Though the positive ratings have kept falling during the last decades, 53% of citizens still consider that, on balance, their country has benefited more from membership than not being EU member. With the exception… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Most European citizens have no clear idea how “rich” the country they live in is compared to the other 26 EU member states. And few will score 100% when asked to give the correct rating for each of the 27. Thanks to a comparative EUROSTAT analysis of per capita incomes (in purchasing power parities) in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

I report on the single most important event of the past few weeks: the meeting of the European Council October 28/29th, which was almost completely devoted to the hot issue of European economic governance. Ignoring the nasty haggling and mounting suspicions caused by the “Deauville” Franco-German “accord” the European Council has substantially advanced the debate… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Despite the positive signals of demographic stabilisation in the developed world and China, global population keeps increasing at an unsustainable rate. Every year it grows by about 80 million, the equivalent of the German population. UN projections for 2050 expect global population to reach more than 10 billion in the worst hypothesis, 8.4 billion in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein