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The Nordic region in Europe
The EU’s social pillar has been signed at the Social Summit in Gothenburg. Is there reason to fear it will challenge the Nordic model? What does the international trade union movement think? What do employers suggest, and what do the people and Europe’s leaders make of it?
Gothenburg EU summit: “We are taking the Nordic model to Europe"
The mood was very good as trade unions and voluntary organisations met ahead of the EU summit focusing on the social pillar.
Jyrki Katainen: Populism threatens stability and risks increasing unemployment
The EU Commission’s Vice-President, responsible for jobs, growth, investments and competitiveness, is attacking populism, praises the circular economy and defends the EU Pillar of Social Rights in an interview with the Nordic Labour Journal.
Nordic countries positive to EU social pillar – but want to set wages themselves
We urge that the proposed European Pillar of Social Rights takes into account the special features of our labour markets and respects the role played by the social partners in the Nordic Region. That is what the Nordic countries’ labour ministers write in a joint declaration to the European Commission.
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, the government minister in charge of Nordic cooperation in 2017
Elisabeth Vik Aspaker is Norway's Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, and the Minister of Nordic Cooperation. She comes from Norway's northernmost county and is used to working across the Cap of the North. She has been an advisor and state secretary in several centre-right governments and is well prepared for 2017. That is when she will be in charge of Nordic cooperation. What will be her priorities?

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