With this year’s chosen focus – ‘prepared for the future?’ – the new edition of Benchmarking working Europe analyses the state of working Europe with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators.

This 2016 edition is intended as one contribution to an assessment of what the EU current policies have achieved, or above all what they have not achieved, and hence as an evaluation of the extent to which the European Union is prepared for the future.

All four chapters of this report conclude on a negative note, and each puts forward suggestions for some appropriate policy changes.

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Chapter 1: Only a hesitant recovery with risks for the future

Chapter 2: Labour market and social developments

Chapter 3: Wages and collective bargaining : light at the end of the tunnel?

Chapter 4: A social Europe needs workers' participation

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