Whether it is an elderly German man who lost his job or a young boy that reached Europe fleeing war at home, Europe’s excluded are falling through the cracks of healthcare systems, writes Médecins du Monde.
Brussels is not a hotbed of popular mobilisation. Few rights struggles start here, but it is one of the biggest power centres in the world and it is one of the main chapters in the book on inequality, write Laura Sullivan and Jenny Ricks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent studies have explored links between anti-gay sentiment and poverty in countries where same-sex relationships are prohibited. The outcome? LGBT rights are not only a human-rights issue, but also an economic one, Adebisi Alimi writes.