WIEN: Eating out late

Culture, Living By 30 September, 2015 No Comments

The range of options available in Vienna for being able to eat well after midnight is as diverse as the wishes of the night owls: coffee house, trendy establishment, exotic restaurant or the typical sausage stand. Here 8 top place for late eaters like the Spaniards.

GREECE: family business

Jobs, Living By 30 September, 2015 No Comments

by Vaso N. Charitopoulou

For centuries, the backbone of the Greek economy has been small and medium-sized (SME) family enterprises. Children received early training in the tasks of the family business, while the orientation of their studies usually served business purposes. Today, the role of SMEs is still crucial, since an overwhelming proportion of Greek enterprises (exceeding 80%) remains small and medium-sized family enterprises.

FILM EUROPA: Prix Europa

Culture By 30 September, 2015 No Comments

664 productions from 36 countries were submitted this year to compete for the title Best European Television-, Radio- or Online production. 212 of them were now nominated to take part in the PRIX EUROPA competition. The festival will take place from 17 until 23 October in Berlin. With up to a thousand participants it has become Europe’s most important tri-media platform.

POLITICS: Elections in Catalonia

Europe bad and good, Study By 30 September, 2015 No Comments

by James Skinner and Stefanie Claudia Müller

Elections in Catalonia. No need to elaborate except to confirm that although the main driving coalition party (4 members) known as the ‘Junts pel si’ (‘Together for the ‘Yes) in favor of independence from Spain lead by Artur Mas (CiU – right wing nationalists) together with Oriol Jorquera (ERC – Left wing republican), Union Democratica de Cataluña (UDC – Christian Democrat) and Moviment d’Ezquerés (MES – another Christian Democrat of sorts) obtained the largest number of votes but were not enough to form a government.

SPANISH ECONOMY: Slowly getting better

Jobs By 29 September, 2015 No Comments

Spanish labour market improved considerably in 2014. Q4 14 data released by INE today on the main labour force survey (EPA) show that (seasonally adjusted) Spain’s unemployment rate dropped by over 2pp in 2014 to 23.7%, and employment increased by about 440k. The labour market participation rate inched up to 59.8% from 59.5%, and could be stabilising/reversing a downward trend since 2012. This bodes well for the future of the Spanish economy. 

FRENCH ENTREPRENEURS: Paris is top!

Jobs, Living By 29 September, 2015 No Comments

On average, employees in France work longer hours than in Germany: 44.3 hrs vs. 42.9 hrs for managers, and 36.2 hrs vs. 34.5 hrs for non-managers. (Eurostat, 2014). France is ranked sixth in the world for hourly labor productivity, ahead of Germany (7th) and the United Kingdom (13th). Compare France with other European countries and they can look pretty industrious, but guess what?