Tag Archives: Reform

What does the Italian government need to remain viable?

This post was written for the Winter Issue of the World Policy Journal, which is entitled “Europe Under Fire” and analyzed the struggle for unity in Europe. Each issue begins with the Big Question: an overarching question that frames the magazine and provides insight into the long form pieces to come. In this issue focusing on Europe, the Big Question was: “What does your government need to remain viable?”; They asked David about Italy; below his short answer.
In the same article “The Big Question: The Throes of an Identity Crisis”, you may also find the much more relevant commentary by Prof. Yanis Varoufakis on Greece.

Italy: In Need of Cultural Revolution

Italian stagnation is worrisome. Socioeconomic conditions are hardly sustainable, and the political opportunity to implement reforms in the immediate aftermath of the crisis has been wasted.

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The European Pension Challenge

Dorian Kronenwerth, 29 October 2014

pension systemsPension schemes objectives vary depending on political context and cultures. Some aim to reduce poverty among the elderly in society (e.g. the UK), whereas others reward pensioners relative to what they contributed over the years (e.g. Sweden, the Netherlands). However, public pension expenditure is high and tends to rise even more.  This constitutes a challenge for the European states and requires reform. What follows is a brief analysis of the factors involved and what can be done to transform this challenge into a success.  Continue reading