Inequality in Europe
25 August 2021
The unresolved inequality challenges amongst other things contributed to the the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. [...] For this reason, Social Europe teamed up again with the Europe Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Institute of Economic and Social Research of the Hans Böckler Stiftung in a project investigating various aspects of the inequality issue with a specific perspective on the European dimension of inequality. [...] That’s the increase of inequality in most of the rich countries, and the hollowing-out of the middle class. [...] The extensive changes in the labour market should be at the centre of our worries: the proliferation of “atypical” jobs, the weakening of collective bargaining, the deterioration in working conditions, increased temporary working, and policies of internal wage devaluation. [...] Fear Of The Other The toll which inequality exacts from the vast majority of society is one of the most important limitations on the quality of life – particularly in developed countries.