COVID-19 has forced derogations from and limitations to rights at every level. However, there are some populations for which the pandemic has generated rights victories previously considered out of reach. EUI Professor of Public International Law Neha Jain puts the spotlight on one such vulnerable population––prisoners––to explore how COVID-19 has helped change the discourse on the rights of detainees to ignite prospects for prison reform.
The European Council is favourable to introducing new own resources to finance the EU budget, but finding a feasible and palatable approach is not easy. In this article, economists Clemens Fuest and Jean Pisani-Ferry recommend putting the revenue from ETS allowances at the centre of the reform of the EU own resources system.
The coronavirus pandemic hit when the world was still reeling from the Great Recession, delivering a serious blow to economies everywhere. Will European welfare states be able to absorb this new shock? Anton Hemerijck and Robin Huguenot-Noel urge welfare states to consider long-term objectives for greater resilience to short-term crises.