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01.05.2012
Poland: the dark side of growthWelfare and Social Issues

With one of the highest growth rates in the European Union, the Polish economy seems to escape the crisis. But there is another side of the coin. The Polish are working more and more but earning less. This is the result of a practical obligation to systematically work overtime during weekends and the impossibility of taking annual leave. But what is the social impact of this inequality?

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01.05.2012
Austerity in Spain – a failed ideologyWelfare and Social Issues

This article aims to analyse the consequences of the structural reforms and expenditure cuts in Spain. It starts from a theoretical debate of why are these measures taken, continues with the details on the reforms and discussing whether Spain is going to achieve the EU deficit objectives, and finishes proposing a change in the approach at Spanish and EU level.

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01.05.2012
Ireland and the EU – a relationship transformed by austerityWelfare and Social Issues

Ireland will vote on the European Union’s ‘Stability Treaty’ on May 31st, the only EU Member State to have a public vote on the treaty. The campaign will reignite a debate in Ireland about its relationship with the EU. For most of its time as a member of the EU, Ireland has perceived ‘Brussels’ as a positive player in Irish economic and social development. However, the economic implosion has raised awkward questions, and led to a re-evaluation of this relationship.

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01.05.2012
The social consequences of imposed austerity: the case of educationWelfare and Social Issues

Austerity is being promoted across Europe as a means of restoring competitiveness and growth. However, its implementation has disproportionately impacted the education sector, and is being used as a cloak to implement an ideological drive to privatise education systems. What are the long-term implications of such a strategy?

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01.05.2012
Inequality as cause and consequence of the crisisWelfare and Social Issues

Inequalities lie at both ends of the equation of the crisis. Inequality is unsustainable in many ways: it puts in danger the cohesion of our societies and it is a driving force of our unsustainable consumption model. An interview with Jean Lambert MEP and Romual Jagodzinski from the ETUI.

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01.05.2012
Surviving austerity, preparing a new green project!Welfare and Social Issues

In 2012, the urgency seems to have once again reduced the political possibilities for investment into a green conversion of the economy. Therefore, if the Greens want to reinforce their social base for an “ecological re-industrialisation”, they must re-evaluate their definition of what is socially just and share this vision with as many people as possible, starting with social movements, both new and old. This could be their best way for surviving austerity.

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27.04.2012
Is There a Green Answer to the Front National?Politics

The success of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French Presidential election, and the success of similar nationalistic parties in other European countries, has left many wondering how the greens and progressive forces should respond to this perceived threat to European values.

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24.04.2012
The Hope for a New Model?Finance and Economy

Four years into the economic crisis, the global economy continues to verge on catastrophic failure. Debt-fueled capitalism, and its resulting inequalities, appear at fault, but what is the solution?

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20.04.2012
Dany and Socrates Wrestle with the Problems of EuropeSociety, Media and Culture

This afternoon whilst strolling in the university gardens I had a most extraordinary, if not hallucinatory, encounter!

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29.03.2012
The Green Economy – the New Magic Bullet?Post-Growth

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