22 episodes

Digitalisation, migration, social cohesion and stability of the liberal democracy – these are megatrends Europe must face in the future. In this podcast by EZA (European Centre For Workers’ Questions), we’ll talk about that from the workers’ perspective. Travel with us to different projects, persons, and organisations to find out about challenges but also perspectives for the social future of Europe.

We Work Europe European Centre for Workers' Questions (EZA)

    • Society & Culture

Digitalisation, migration, social cohesion and stability of the liberal democracy – these are megatrends Europe must face in the future. In this podcast by EZA (European Centre For Workers’ Questions), we’ll talk about that from the workers’ perspective. Travel with us to different projects, persons, and organisations to find out about challenges but also perspectives for the social future of Europe.

    Episode 22: digital technologies for health and wellbeing

    Episode 22: digital technologies for health and wellbeing

    When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, many people think of air quality, noise pollution or lack of exercise. But digital technologies also have a significant influence on this. In this episode, we talk about the opportunities but also the challenges with Natalie Lotzmann and Patricia O'Callaghan, who are responsible for precisely this at the European software giant SAP. And we present the EU-OSHA campaign, which is dedicated to this very topic until 2025. EZA is a proud campaign partner.

    • 11 min
    Episode 21: before the European elections

    Episode 21: before the European elections

    This episode is a deep dive into the upcoming European elections and the rise of populism in various member states. Join us as we explore key insights from Austria, Spain, and Denmark, examining political strategies, voter sentiments, and the impact on crucial issues like equality, worker rights, and social well-being. Hear from experts and union representatives of the EZA network as they share their perspectives and predictions for the future direction of Europe.

    • 11 min
    Episode 20: populist strategies and consequences

    Episode 20: populist strategies and consequences

    This episode is a shortened interview with Daphne Halikiopoulou, chair in comparative politics at the University of York. She talks about the rise of far-right parties and their strategies in European politics. In the interview Daphne Halikiopoulou explores normalization tactics and the influence of populist rhetoric, alongside the Danish paradox.

    • 22 min
    Episode 19: Croatia – Skills for transformation

    Episode 19: Croatia – Skills for transformation

    In the recent past, Croatia has experienced several waves of emigration. Critics claim that the next wave is imminent, triggered by a shortage of skilled labour in richer EU member states and the digital and green transformation that the EU has agreed on. One way to mitigate the potential ripple effect could be to create incentives - in living and working conditions. In this episode, we follow a young entrepreneur who is investing in his education to be prepared for the future.

    • 11 min
    Episode 18: Right-wing populism and the 2024 EU elections Part 2

    Episode 18: Right-wing populism and the 2024 EU elections Part 2

    In this two-part programme, we take a look at the upcoming European Parliament elections and the growing influence of right-wing populist and far-right parties.



    In the second episode, we talk about the ideological and socio-political attitudes that underpin right-wing populism. We also want to examine the extent to which this could block the work of the EU Parliament and what impact this could have on the future social policy direction of the EU.

    • 14 min
    Episode 17: Right-wing populism and the 2024 EU elections Part 1

    Episode 17: Right-wing populism and the 2024 EU elections Part 1

    In this two-part programme, we take a look at the upcoming European Parliament elections and the growing influence of right-wing populist and far-right parties. In the first episode, we ask ourselves what impact right-wing populists have once they are in power. To do this, we travel to Italy and take a closer look at some of the social policy measures of Giorgia Meloni's government.

    • 15 min

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