Series: Globalisation and the European Union

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■ A bigger playing field needs new goal posts

In the first of a four part series, Martin Wolf looks at the unbundling of the production process across the world and the effect it is having on eurozone labour forces, competitiveness and political strategies. Read the full article here

■ EU set for clash on ‘Anglo-Saxon’ versus ‘social’ welfare models

Does much of mainland Europe need to break up its “social model” welfare state in favour of an “Anglo-Saxon” model along UK and US lines? Nicholas Timmins examines the debate. Read the full article here

■ R&D spending falls further behind target

Any illusions that Europe might even come close to a key goal of the 2002 Lisbon agenda – to devote 3 per cent of GDP to research and development by 2010 – have been shattered, writes Clive Cookson. Read the full article here

■ Red tape slows industry response

Competitiveness in the EU will remain a distant dream without reforms to social systems and labour markets, write Peggy Hollinger, Jan Cienski, Patrick Jenkins and Leslie Crawford. Read the full article here

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