European Dialogue 2015 ‘Prosperity in Europe…only if we stop the growing inequality’

On Thursday, the author of this blog attended this year’s European Dialogue, which focused on various aspects of the economic and social inequality in Europe. Organised by the Hans Böckler Foundation in cooperation with the European Trade Union Institute, the event was held in Brussels on 16 – 17 April 2015. Prof. Paul Krugman, Princeton University and Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences in 2008, made the keynote speech and thus introduced the debates.

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Paul Krugman and panel discussion on inequality and crisis.

This year, the European Dialogue aimed to discuss issues related to inequality from different perspectives. These included wealth, taxation and access to education and training. Also, the role of European politics and the growing inequality as a major cause of the international financial and economic crisis were aspects widely discussed in the parallel workshops.

The question of whether the European unemployment insurance can be a way to more justice and stability was examined at the final plenary session. EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion from 2010 to 2014, László Andor, explained his proposals for the European unemployment insurance. Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions, Reiner Hoffmann, and Member of the European Parliament, Maria João Rodrigues, also joined the discussion.

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Keynote speech by Paul Krugman


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