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11/12/2016

Oxfam: Global inequality ‘out of control’

Topic: inequality


Euro & Finance 07-09-2016

Dijsselbloem: Fight tax avoidance to boost EU equality

Fighting tax avoidance should be a cornerstone of a push by EU authorities for greater equality as they seek a response to a rise in populism across the continent, the head of eurozone finance ministers said on Tuesday (6 September).
Development Policy 17-06-2016

French development boss: 1% owning 99% of wealth 'is not normal'

Worsening inequality is a threat to the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Objectives. To turn the situation around, the governments of developing countries must invest heavily in public services, says Philippe Orliange.
UK & Europe 08-06-2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Blockchain is expected to have a larger impact on our business than a potential Brexit, suggests MasterCard’s deputy boss, Ann Cairns. In her view, the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin is “a good thing for the future”, she told EurActiv.com.

EU rights watchdog: Challenging gender stereotypes begins at home

Legislation is only part of the solution. We need a mix of legislative and non-legislative instruments to tackle persistent gender inequalities, especially in advancing women in high-level positions, but that has to start from the grassroots, says Michael O’Flaherty.

ILO: Middle class at risk

The erosion of the middle class is worrying, because it particularly hurts young people, thus leading to an intergenerational gap. But it is even more worrisome, as it does not seem to have been taken seriously enough so far, said ILO senior economist Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead.
Euro & Finance 23-02-2016

Inequality harms economic growth for the poor

Recent economic thinking has discredited the idea that high inequality stimulates economic growth. Public investment in education is the key to both cutting inequality and achieving sustainable growth, argue Roy Van der Weide, Branko Milanovic and Mario Negre.
Development Policy 18-01-2016

62 individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 3.7 billion

Global inequality is growing, according to the latest report by Oxfam. The richest 1% of the world's population now owns more wealth than the other 99% combined. EurActiv France reports.

Global elites descend on Swiss Alps amid rising inequality

Politicians and business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week face an increasingly divided world, with the poor falling further behind the super-rich, and political fissures in the United States, Europe and the Middle East running deeper than at any time in decades.
Development Policy 12-01-2016

Four signals for global cooperation that Europe must send

By sending out strong signals against nationalism, reaching out to religious minorities, the poor and the marginalised, and keeping its climate and development promises, Europe can become the leader in international cooperation, writes Dirk Messner.
Sustainable Dev. 10-12-2015

Xavier Timbeau: 'The Juncker Plan is not working'

The independent Annual Growth Survey group (iAGS) highlights the need for investment, in order to secure Europe's economic recovery. French economist Xavier Timbeau says that Juncker Plan has not delivered.

Study: Children hardest hit by Europe's economic crisis

Some 26 million children and young people in Europe are threatened by poverty or social exclusion after years of economic crisis, according to a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, which gave Greece the worst marks in the entire EU.
Development Policy 15-10-2015

Half of world's wealth now in hands of 1% of population – report

Global inequality is growing, with half the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population, according to a new report.

Integration challenges loom as refugee crisis enters new phase

The refugee crisis erupted while European economies were still reeling from the worst recession in decades, posing a huge challenge for struggling social security and health systems.
Euro & Finance 04-09-2015

Stiglitz: 'Inequality is holding back the American economy'

The US economic recovery is false, according to Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. He told La Tribune that sustainable growth can only be achieved by tackling inequality, limiting the power of the financial sector, and reempowering trade unions.
Competition 07-05-2015

Seven questions and three recommendations about TTIP

TTIP is currently “too big to fly”. Pierre Defraigne offered his vision for the future of TTIP in a speech to the European Business summit.

Workers' Day message for the European Commission

EU policies to tackle the crisis have made things worse, writes Bernadette Ségol. Many in the new European Commission know it, but cannot say it.

Striving for triple-A on social issues

Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has declared its intention to put social issues further up its agenda. Yet, the European Union and its member states need to focus on more than economic growth to foster social justice in Europe, argues Natália Mazotte.
UK & Europe 30-03-2015

For Britain's poorest, food aid becomes a way of life

Clutching a bag of pasta, canned pears and beef, David Kirk leaves a food bank in one of Britain's poorest corners -- his sixth visit in a few weeks.

Inequality and the already close-to-be-missed last chance of Mr Juncker

Growing inequalities unravel solidarity ties between people and the Commission has a role to play  by setting the right standards and incentives in order to reverse the trend, writes Philippe Lamberts

Survey: Minimum wages uneven in EU

New EU data shows that there are huge differences in the minimum wage workers receive, depending on the countries in which they're employed. 
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Inequality in Europe: Tackling the income and wealth gap

Austerity measures adopted in the past years have widened inequality in terms of income and wealth within and between EU countries.

EU grandees call for more social Juncker plan

While the EU is hoping to recover growth and competitiveness through an ambitious investment plan, EU grandees are ringing the alarm bell over a lack of proper social investment, and urge the Commission to enlarge the scope of the so-called Juncker plan.

Five reasons why the European Union must invest in thermal renovation of homes for households in energy poverty

Energy poverty is a stark reminder of the inequality in Europe, writes FEANTSA and a series of other European associations.  Families in poor quality housing suffer because they cannot afford to heat their homes.

Oxfam: Global inequality 'out of control'

Rising inequality could set the fight against poverty back by decades, Oxfam has warned in a new report. The EU can help offset the imbalance through a different tax policy and by promoting health and education in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US, the organisation says.