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Why Ireland’s low tax policy has survived for so long

By David Jacobson / 2 December, 2019

Ireland has had an industrial policy based on low corporate tax. This was first applied only to Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Later, on the insistence of the EU, it was applied across the board. But MNEs were still able to exploit some tax provisions that enabled them to have significant advantages...

Reforming tax policy: a European fight!

Reforming tax policy: a European fight!

By Joseph Stiglitz / 2 December, 2019

In several Member States, parties have campaigned for “no new taxes” and for lowering the tax burden. They neglect the fact, however, that to improve the tax system at home, there is a European angle to address. A better slogan would be “smarter taxes”. A strategy is needed, that combines...

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Global tax injustice: what are the solutions?

By Antonio Gambini / 2 December, 2019

Since the early 1980s, the incomes of the richest individuals and corporate profits have benefited from increasingly favourable statutory tax rates. In addition, legally and/or illegally these incomes and profits are moved offshore to further escape taxation. Solutions to this tax injustice however do exist. Source : Alvaredo F., Chancel...

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The deceptive opposition between nationalists and progressives

By Didier Fassin / 12 November, 2019

Thinking he could replay the scenario of his 2017 presidential campaign, during which he had presented himself as a bulwark against the far right, the French President Emmanuel Macron made the alternative between progressives and nationalists the central issue in the European elections. But is his authoritarian neoliberalism so far...

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Horizons and demarcation lines

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 October, 2019

From today’s perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of Central and Eastern Europe chose a democratic path and reunification with the West. Soon...

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Strengthening social policies to counter nationalists

By Laurent Berger / 12 September, 2019

The staggering blow of the rise of the right and extreme right is hard to integrate. What are the challenges for Progressives to regain ground? How do we stem the nationalist wave? Laurent  Berger, the new president of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) on the burning issues of our...

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The new European Parliament: tackling the triple injustice of climate change

By Céline Charveriat / 6 September, 2019

The recent election to the European Parliament marked a turning point in the EU’s history: for the first time, rising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation became a significant factor in electoral choices. Climate change and social inequality, however, are linked. We are faced with a multiple injustice that...

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It’s time for systemic change

By Saïd El-Khadraoui / 5 September, 2019

The next legislature will be crucial in putting the transition in motion towards a low-carbon and circular economy and socially inclusive society and turn the many challenges into opportunities. There is no ‘invisible hand’ that will bring us to our destination, that’s why the transition will have to be managed...

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“The technocratic approach is not credible anymore” – real debate is needed

By Luuk van Middelaar / 4 September, 2019

In his recent book, ‘Alarums and Excursions – improvising politics on the European stage’, the Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar analyses how a decade of crises – from the financial chaos of the euro and the Greek sovereign debt, the conflicts with Russia over Ukraine, unprecedented levels of refugees from...

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“Citizens need to organise against the social media regime”

By Vincent Mosco / 12 August, 2019

Big Tech and governments are creating a powerful system of surveillance capitalism. But Vincent Mosco sees alternatives: citizens’ mobilisation, applying anti-monopoly legislation, breaking the likes of Google and Facebook and European alternatives are amongst them. Progressive Post: In your book ‘Becoming Digital’, you analyse the convergence of different technologies (Internet...

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