The first in a series of meetings within this project, it gathered many European cooperative and mutual representatives alongside Belgian, UK, France, the Netherlands and Ireland as participating countries and coops sectors.
Helmut Schmidt, the former German Chancellor and an iconic figure of European Social Democracy passed away. The Last Invincible of a generation that restored the progressive movement after the Second World War, has now joined his Comrades walking away on the Path of Giants of our history.
The eurozone is once more on the brink of deflation. As of September, the official estimate of annual price inflation was -0.1 per cent. Inflation has declined steadily from a peak of around three per cent in late 2011.
The European Social Model has been loosely defined as a comprehensive welfare system combined with institutionalized industrial relations. Solidarity and responsibility sharing, in line with the letter and spirit of the Lisbon Treaty is needed.