Commedia della Vita or Pánta Rêi's Firm Ground

How many roads must a man have walked down

A visit of Peter Herrmann, currently guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy/Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik [section social law], Munich, Germany, will be giving the coming first week of Mai two lectures in Maynooth, Ireland, at the Maynooth University’s Department of Chinese, directed by Dr. Lu Zhouxiang.
The first lecture deals with
One Belt – One Road [OBOR] – One World – From Economy of Comparative Advantage to Socio-Politics of Cooperative Progressing.
The second is looking at
One Belt – One Road – One World – Digitisation of Life as Chinese Lifestyle
These lecturers, made possible in particular by the engagement of Dr. Lu Zhouxiang. Herrmann, who is himself visiting scholar at the Department in Maynooth, will contribute from his experience of having lectured and researched for some time  in China – Bangor College of Central South University of Forestry & Technology, ChangSha, and Zhejiang University, School of Public Affairs, Dept. of Social Security and Risk Management, HangZhou, PRC. This will establish links to theoretical debates and establish as well reflections from the global experience Herrmann gained over the years.

European migrants no longer have the same rights as other workers in the EU.

Wanted to “reblog” this, but me and technology …

in any case it is interesting to see how, now, from different angles, what had been claimed to be a European Social Model, is now openly attacked from different sides: fortress, including the appalling measures by the Hungarian government; Greece earlier (and ongoing) , the reductions of social provisions and education (via cuts, privatisation and “managerialist dictates”) and and and … and now …


European migrants no longer have the same rights as other workers in the EU.

by Paul Spicker

The European Court of Justice decided on 15th September that member states can impose greater limits on the rights to benefit of EU migrants in other countries.  EUobserver explains that if a person works for less than a year, then benefits can be suspended after six months, and the claimants can be deported.

I wrote, earlier this year, that “The UK can legitimately deny benefits to EU workers if, and only if, it denies benefits to British workers on the same basis.”  It seems I was wrong.   Britain, and other European states, can now come to the decision that a  European worker might not be enough of a worker to be treated as one, and European migrants who work do not have the same rights as other workers.  That drives a cart and horses through the principle of free movement of labour on equal terms.