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Are French Socialist Hollande’s tax policies favouring the poor or the rich?

In January this year the French Government of Francoise Holland quietly shelved its 75% tax on the rich. Now new figures show three thousand affluent French people each pocketed a 240,000 euros tax rebate in 2014, in further embarrassing evidence that the Socialist administration has backtracked on promises to soak the 1%. This tax relief is … Continue reading

Germans to get ‘amputated’ minimum wage

The German parliament has approved the country’s first minimum wage but unions and critics on the Left are not much impressed. The wage – backed by a vote in the Bundestag on Thursday – will be set at 8.50 euros (£6.80) per hour, which is higher than the equivalent in the US and UK. Angela Merkel’s … Continue reading

Usual suspects still having an good crisis

Companies are piling up their cash while millions languish on the dole; the rich enjoy tax largesse to be paid for by more cuts to public services: the latest figures from Italy and Spain remind us who is winning and losing in the  neo-liberal austerity crisis. While we hear of a serious credit crisis and … Continue reading

More cream for the Eurozone’s fat cats!

Recently issued figures show that while ordinary citizens continue to be forced to tighten the belt those at the top of the income scale are doing very nicely. France In France, the company bosses had a fine 2013: Carrefour’s George Plassat got a whopping 40% rise to 3.7 million in his pay cheque. Airbus’ Thomas … Continue reading

Italy’s wealth gap grows as real incomes fall for the majority, new research shows

The ten richest people in Italy now own as much wealth as almost 500,000 working class families put together. A little less than two thousand wealthy Italians, members of the super-rich club, have total assets of more than €169 billion (excluding the value of property). “The wealth gap has grown,” according to research centre Censis. … Continue reading

Europe has more and fatter fat cats new figures show

There are 1.8 million more millionaires worldwide today than a year ago, according to a new study The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2013 finds that in Europe the number of new dollar millionaires grew last year by 287,000 in France, 221,000 in Germany, 127,000 in Italy, 100,000 in Sweden, 47,000 in Spain and 38,000 … Continue reading

The recovery will come, but it will not redress the social imbalance

By Fondazione Condividere For a few weeks now I have seen many senior figures in Italy’s Letta government, but also European institutions, waving their arms to indicate the arrival of an imminent recovery in the horizon, with the same anxiety of Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” when waiting for the ship that will save him … Continue reading

Is there a future for the German Left?

Die Linke’s Congress last weekend was an important one. It is election year, with Federal polls due in the autumn. And it has been facing pressure over its position on Europe, with a minority challenging the party’s strong support for the Single Currency. A six-year old fusion of eastern and western German radicals, Die Linke, … Continue reading

More with millions, millions in misery

Despite misery for most in the Europe, the region saw the number of dollar millionaires rise by 7.5% in 2012 to reach 3.41 million. The figures, from the 2013 World Wealth Report (WWR) by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management put Germany in the lead (and third worldwide), followed by the UK (fifth globally), France, Switzerland … Continue reading

Are we Portuguese living beyond our means?

By Jose Manuel Pureza If there wasn’t the Troika there wouldn’t be money to pay salaries or pensions – this assertion is repeated ad nauseam by the heralds of foreign intervention in Portugal. And this is immediately followed by the argument that this is because we have long been living beyond our means, squandering money … Continue reading

Billions for shareholders, crumbs for workers

Dividend payouts in France increased seven fold over the past two decades, new figures show, underlining widening inequality of wealth in Europe’s second largest economy. Over the same period workers got very little of this wealth that they had created, with wages rising by around a third. An astonishing 550 billion euros was handed out to … Continue reading

Class, wealth and austerity crisis

‘The odds of being a NEET, on low pay, or a school failure are clearly related to social origin. Living longer after retirement, the probability of being unemployed or the loss of purchasing power varies significantly by social class. Women who only have access to low-skilled jobs do not have the same family or work … Continue reading

An age old problem

Forget ageing – capital’s class war against labour is behind the crisis in pensions and welfare worldwide, says Vincent Navarro Thomas Malthus was an economist who believed that the resources of the planet were limited, fixed and constant. Hence he believed that the growth of the population would reach a level that there would not … Continue reading

Filthy rich Europeans – richer than ever

This year’s Forbes’ billionaires list shows a super rich elite getting richer as most European citizens get poorer A tiny elite are getting richer, the rest of us are getting poorer. This is a familiar story in a world where greed and extreme wealth are central to the dominant capitalist system, and its periodic crises, … Continue reading

Inequality back on the agenda in Germany

A recent opinion poll  revealed that most Germans think top managers in the country’s big companies are paid too much. Three out of four Germans say pay packets were too large… Read on at Left Foot Forward 

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