After a few years of crisis-born reticence, the European Commission is back in love with the financial sector. Presented as a way of stimulating the dragging economic growth in the EU, the Commission has recently proposed a series of new financial...▶
Since the summer of 2015, European media and politicians have devoted significant attention to the refugee crisis. As a result, the crisis in the Eurozone, which had previously dominated discussions in the media and among politicians, seems to hav...▶
Is the current recovery policy for the financial and economic crises in the Eurozone a genuine answer for the complexity and diversity of the problems that all member states face? Not really. The responses are too one-sided and mainly export and a...▶
The structural causes of the euro crisis – high unemployment, low growth rates and debt-ridden states in the eurozone – are not the fault of lazy Greeks, Portuguese and Spaniards. The euro itself cannot be blamed either. The problem is that the Eu...▶
Profits are reinvested less in productive sectors, where labour can benefit, and more in capital markets.▶
The argument that pits the lazy Greek or Spaniard against the hard-working Dutchman or Fin is clearly too simplistic. It is not a clash of nations, but of economic classes.▶
The introduction of a single European currency was for many member states of the European Union a logical next step in a single market. With assumed improvements for trade, employment and wealth distribution, the euro was expected to bring all the...▶
While inequality is the flipside of the ‘squeezed-out middle’, the trends affecting the middle class and inequality are inextricably bound up with changes in the labour market in Europe.▶
The hard knocks being suffered by the European middle class are leading to shifts in the political landscape of Europe. The causes date back to long before the financial crisis of 2008. It is therefore an illusion to hope that this dip is temporar...▶
‘The squeezed-out middle’ - a concept that mainly appears in American debates but which, as The Broker’s dossier shows, applies increasingly to Europe - is in fact the flipside of inequality.▶
Since The Broker started in 2007, Frans has been editor in chief and, since 2013, he has also been the executive director.
Frans studied international relations at the University of Amsterdam and has 30 years’ experience as a researcher, journalist and advisor on issues of development and globalization. He has advised a number of development organizations and government institutions and has been published in many newspapers, magazines and journals. In August 2012, Frans published the book Soedan – Het sinistere spel om macht, rijkdom en olie, a detailed analysis of international involvement with Sudan and the conflict in Darfur.