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The poor state of Europe

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Publicerad i det europeiska magasinet Fresh thinking juni 2011

In order to halt the rising inequalities within our societies we need to address both the way in which wealth is created as well as possible ways for redistribution.  

 

Today, companies bear a diminishing part of the cost for ensuring economic security for workers. The increase in precarious short-term jobs has freed companies from the cost associated with a temporary excess of labour. And their share to society in terms of taxes and social contributions is inadequate in many EU countries. These costs have been internalised by the state.

Today’s system leads to increased private profits at the same time as the welfare states are less able to redistribute wealth. This is a sure recipe for growing inequalities.