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22/01/2017

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

Topic: poverty


Davos warns ‘squeezed’ middle class needs attention

Threatened by unemployment and stagnant wages, the middle class is increasingly feeling the pinch and falling prey to populism, as shown in recent elections and the Brexit vote, international and business leaders in Davos warned.

EU must tackle homelessness to achieve SDGs

In order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, Europe has to leave homelessness – not homeless people – behind, writes Ruth Owen.
Euro & Finance 16-01-2017

Oxfam: Growth of inequality accelerated in 2016

Global wealth become even more concentrated in the hands of the rich in 2016, according to Oxfam. Eight people now control as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 06-01-2017

Romania's parliament approves tax relief for pensioners

Romania's lower house of parliament yesterday (5 January) approved tax breaks for pensioners, making good on a government promise to loosen fiscal policy as the economy picks up pace.
Sustainable Dev. 12-12-2016

Commission's Sustainable Development Package must be taken further

The EU will not meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals without rethinking its approach to individual targets. So far, this has not happened, writes Damien Demailly.
Elections 08-12-2016

Romanian PM says election promises must not fuel populism

Romanian politicians are making unrealistic pay promises ahead of the 11 December parliamentary election that fuel populism and damage voters' understanding of the need for reform, outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș told Reuters on Tuesday.
Development Policy 05-12-2016

Agenda for Sustainable Development: What are the EU's ambitions?

How the EU intends to respond to global challenges and reform its own policies under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development remains tellingly unclear, write Christine Hackenesch and Niels Keijzer.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

A turning point for EU relations with Latin America

Europe must strengthen its ties with Latin America to promote democracy, social progress and equality in the age of globalisation, write Ramón Jáuregui and Carlos Zorrinho.

Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed on Thursday (1 December).
Development Policy 01-12-2016

SDG implementation tops Kenyan development meeting

Over 3,000 delegates from 150 countries have gathered in Nairobi to share experiences of managing development cooperation, as well as how best to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 18-11-2016

Brussels donors conference pledges €2 billion for Central African Republic

International donors yesterday (17 November) pledged $2.2 billion (€2 billion) in aid for strife-torn Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries, officials said.

Europe’s 'working poor' and populism are on the rise

Driven by a labour market recovery, EU citizens’ opportunities for social participation have improved slightly for the first time since 2008. But not everyone is benefiting. A high risk of poverty persists in many countries, especially in southern Europe, warn Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Christof Schiller.

World Bank economist: ‘Better climate risk management could save the poor billions each year’

Natural disasters plunge 26 million people into poverty every year, according to a new report by the World Bank. The organisation believes the efficiency of aid could be improved by targeting climate risk management efforts on the most vulnerable, Stéphane Hallegatte told EurActiv France.

Academic: 'Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact'

The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren't aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview with EurActiv Greece.

Social justice improving for the first time since 2008

Unemployment across the EU is falling as the labour market recovers, but not all citizens are benefiting. A new study has found that in-work poverty is on the rise and youth unemployment remains stubbornly high.

The children’s State of the European Union

President Juncker will address the European Parliament tomorrow (14 September) on the State of the Union, and then the informal meeting in Bratislava will discuss Europe’s future. Jana Hainsworth urges EU leaders to think about how Europe can best serve its children.
Development Policy 31-08-2016

UN environment chief: ‘Without growth, there can be no end to poverty’

The new head of the UN's environment programme (UNEP) spoke to EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel about capitalism and development.

European NGO chief: To fight fear and populism, start with social programmes

Ambitious social programmes, which benefit everybody, undermine populism and combat fears, said Conny Reuter, the Secretary General of SOLIDAR in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Development Policy 29-07-2016

SDG report: Wealthy countries are failing their poorer partners

Industrialised countries have not respected their commitment to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to development. This failure has cost poor countries €1.8 billion since 2002, according to a new report. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 14-07-2016

New UK government urged to adopt 'common-sense' farming policies

More than 80 organisations have called on new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to pursue "common-sense" food, farming and fishing policies, in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Agriculture & Food 01-07-2016

Food donation should be the norm, industry says

European food banks and business organisations have joined forces to promote food donations in an effort to tackle waste.
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Putting people and planet first in the EU

The UK referendum result cast doubt on many of the EU’s values: pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality, and a commitment to sustainable development and poverty eradication worldwide, write Geneviève Pons and Seamus Jeffreson.
Development Policy 29-06-2016

Sachs: 'China's development strategy is more successful than Europe's'

One of the world's leading economists, Jeffrey Sachs, has told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche why Africa needs more development aid. He also urged Europe to be more like China.
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.