Month: February 2014

Fairer taxation for a fairer society

An estimated one trillion euros are lost every year due to tax fraud and tax avoidance. Every year, the tax gap of European countries is practically equal to the EU seven-year budget. This amount is higher than what is spent on healthcare by all member states. This has become a major European issue. After months …

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Have we accurately assessed the challenge of climate change?

Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and professor of climatology at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele offers a reminder of what should be an obvious fact: if we want to protect the climate as decided in Copenhagen, instead of “reducing” CO2 emissions, we need to achieve zero—or even …

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Parliaments and the EMU: a crossroads for Europe?

Parliaments clearly have a significant role to play in the reformed governance of the European Monetary Union (EMU). However, that involvement is not without its dilemmas. The reformed governance of EMU has brought with it difficulties for parliaments that are ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ in nature. The vertical challenge is that budgetary, fiscal and economic policies …

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From welder to progressive leader

From 1925 to 2006, the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) had five different leaders, a position that always came with a second job: prime minister. After eight turbulent years in opposition that have seen two party leaders come and go, 2014 offers new hopes, with both European and national elections. It can be the SAP’s …

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Taking on the fight for gender equality

From an early childhood in the Moroccan countryside, to the post of France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has already completed a remarkable journey. However, there is more to come from a 36-year-old who is determined to bring true equality for women in her adopted country. As France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem …

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“Ceci n’est pas une crise”

We have to educate people and fight the nationalistic knee-jerk reactions that make rich and poor alike believe they have something to gain by pushing others away. We can—we must—take our task seriously, but not too seriously, and more importantly, laugh at our own misfortunes. People sometimes cross paths. They may be heading directly where …

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