COMMENTDo the financial rewards attached to EU jobs outweigh the political risks of seeking them?
When Jyrki Katainen announced ten days ago that he would be stepping down as Finland's prime minister to seek a job in the European Union institutions, he left unstated what jobs he might be interested in. Has he set his heart on a presidency, whether of the European Council or the European Commission, or might he be satisfied [...] Read more
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Special report: Access to healthcare
Published Thursday, 10 April 2014
The strain on healthcare systems across the EU.
The financial crisis has put great strains on healthcare systems across the EU.
There are huge gaps between member states when it comes to healthcare provision.
EU moves towards a single market for medicines still face national obstacles.
Travelling across borders to receive treatment could become easier.
The EU is increasingly looking at ways to improve the quality of care in the member states.
Having the correct information about treatment can have life-or-death consequences, but patients are often left in the dark.
Much of the national and European policy that this special report examines has relied on a central assumption that greater access to healthcare [...]
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