Clash over the reform of the Posted Workers Directive points to wider divisions in EU
EU member states have reached a deal on a revision of the Posted Workers Directive. However, the agreement came amid tensions, which are likely to leave marks on the unity of the EU bloc, and calls into question the fundamentals of the Single Market. Open Europe’s Enea Desideri looks at the proposed revision and at its controversial nature.
Coming after months of tensions among EU countries on the issue, and against the opposition of Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania – the UK, Ireland and Croatia abstained – it will feed divisions among the different Member States, further deepening the already existing divide between Western and Eastern countries.
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