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The Future of European Welfare States

How, against the same neoliberal background, one tries to make different social policies in Europe …

The future of European Welfare States | Meer

How to avoid another debt crisis?

Eurodad’s reaction to the IMF/WB spring meetings 2023

Reaction: IMF/WB Spring Meetings 2023 – So-called ‘reforms’ create greater dependence on private finance and increase debt burdens – Eurodad

To end long-term unemployment?

Social enterprises can offer the long-term unemployed an exit from the vicious circle of inactivity, France is showing.

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Open Veins … in SouthEast Asia

In 1971, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano published the book Open Veins of Latin America, a chronicle of colonialism and imperialism in the region. The image of an open vein is literal, in veins of ore, minerals, among other natural resources, that are being extracted and exported out of Latin America and into the United States and Europe. An open vein also denotes bleeding, as in a body. In this case, a continent being bled dry.

More than fifty years later, rich countries acknowledge that development work has to change. The global South should have a greater voice over how economic support could improve their lives. But those in power are still overlooking the dominant economic system that has shaped development.

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Radical right’s impact on the Welfare State

Radical-right parties are transforming the welfare state, recreating a moral separation between the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’.

The populist-radical-right impact on the welfare state (

How the world’s billionaires got so rich 2023?

Yes, how?

How The World’s Billionaires Got So Rich 2023 (

ILO: Social Justice needed for overcoming global challenges

In statements delivered to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, highlighted growing inequality worldwide and the need for social justice.

He called for coherent multilateral action to strengthen the social dimension of sustainable development and economic growth – as envisaged by the ILO’s proposed Global Coalition for Social Justice.

World Bank / IMF Spring Meetings: Social justice indispensable to overcome global challenges, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

World Health Organisation at 75

World Health Day this year marks 75 years of WHO. WHO has presented a timeline for these years. You might think of different issues that could have been  highlighted. The Lancet has published its version of a timeline for WHO 75 years

How economic models kill the economy

Americans have been hammered for decades with an economic message that amounts to this: When wealthy people like me gain even more wealth through tax cuts, deregulation, and policies that keep wages low, that leads to economic growth and benefits for everyone else in the economy. And equally, that investing in you, raising your wages, forgiving your debt, or helping your family would be bad—for you! This is the trickle-down way of thinking about economic cause and effect, and there can be no doubt that it has substantially contributed to the greatest upward transfer of wealth in the history of the world.

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World Health Day: The Struggle for Health goes on

In a jubilee year for the World Health Organization, we are still far away from achieving Health for All. For the founders of the WHO, health was “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”, not simply the absence of physical illness. Their vision did not translate into practice, and people are still denied this fundamental human right, simply because they live in a particular region or because they do not have money to pay for care.

Activists around the world have seized the opportunity brought by this World Health Day to mobilize and point to alternative directions to take. Some of these included looking back at existing concepts, like Comprehensive Primary Health Care, which have been cast aside under neoliberal capitalism.

The struggle for health goes on: World Health Day special (

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