Tightening welfare belts again?

To what extent do EU fiscal rules constrain governments’ social and labour market spending? Exploring the critical cases of France and Italy, this policy study gathers evidence from two decades of interactions between national welfare priorities and EU fiscal rules and, through this comparison, sheds light on the mechanisms underlying recent recalibrations and what it means for the Social Pillar implementation.

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Political Mentor: Jonás Fernández, MEP S&D
Academic Mentor: Carlo d’Ippoliti, Associate professor of political economy at the Department of Statistical Sciences of Sapienza University of Rome.