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For a European Semester that addresses inequalities

By Maria João Rodrigues / 12 October, 2020

Against the backdrop of the major EU recovery plan that was decided in July, the European Semester will play a key role in the implementation of the national recovery plans, that are to be submitted by mid-October. The reform of the Semester process was already in the pipeline, but it...

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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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Democracy could not be saved without addressing social inequality

By Jaroslav Bílek / 1 October, 2019

According to a recent German study, inequality regarding access to education and health care, raises the probability of the collapse of democracy. Researchers Julia Leininger, Anna Luhrmann, and Rachel Sigman from the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) recently published a crucial political study concerning the influence of social...

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13 facts you need to know about gender inequality in the EU

By FEPS / 10 July, 2019
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Health in Europe: reducing inequalities

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 2 July, 2019

In a world with so much wealth, how is it possible that so many people have little or no access to healthcare? Or that different socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, or nationalities, mean poorer health for some? As a doctor, Social Democrat and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, I find this...

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“The management of intellectual inequalities is the greatest challenge of the 21st century”

By Laurent Alexandre / 4 February, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is at the heart of the digital revolution. Will it help to reduce inequalities? Its influence on the development of human potential is underestimated as are its very real impacts on education and health. Interview by Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive Post, with Laurent Alexandre. The Progressive Post:...

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A European system of minimum wages for equality-led development

By Ozlem Onaran / 9 July, 2018

A European system of minimum wages can help bring people out of poverty as well as contribute to equality, higher productivity and healthier public sector budgets.   Establishing a sufficiently high statutory minimum wage is one of the most effective policy tools to tackle the worrisome growth of in-work poverty....

Diagnosing the EU’s state of health to fight inequalities

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 8 February, 2018

Social Europe is back. The wind is in our sails. The signal came once again with the joint proclamation last November at the EU Social Summit of Gothenburg of the European Pillar of Social Rights by the Council, the Parliament and the Commission. European Progressives can be proud of this...

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