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    The latter finding is ironic. By systematically pushing for single employer/company-based negotiations, thereby undermining multi-employer wage bargaining systems that are capable of organising such a coordination process, the IMF and the European institutions have been attacking the single labour market institution that, according to this and similar research, is able to reduce unemployment.


    But, for some years now, the Parliament – the so-called heartbeat of European democracy that should always side with those forces pushing for more democracy – has changed sides and voluntarily accepts quite undemocratic procedures: the habit of adopting European legislation in a single reading, in a trialogue between Commission, EP and Council behind closed doors – without taking into account comments from outside the European institutions. This is a clear setback for democracy.

  • There is no convincing reason for speeding up procedures while throwing democracy overboard.
    • A European Parliament insulating itself from civil society intervention. When the EP adopts an ‘own initiative’ report – on, say, restructuring – the Commission simply rejects it without any convincing argument and the Parliament’s President meekly accepts that.

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