“A good idea always goes through three phases: it is declared stupid in the first phase, it is fiercely fought in the second phase, and it is implemented in the third phase.“
There is an extraordinary strong support of civil society in Europe for the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). This reflects a general trend in public opinion. Not only many politicians – Merkel, Sarkozy, Brown, Barroso – have supported the FTT, there is – like all opinion polls show – an overwhelming majority of people who want to see finally some substantial steps towards a strict regulation of financial markets and towards making pay the financial industry – at least partly – for the damage they have caused. By Peter Wahl*)
Just two recent examples: within a few weeks a formal online petition for a hearing on the FTT at the German Bundestag passed easily the quorum of 50.000 signatures, reaching 66.000. At the international Berlin film festival Berlinale, which ended last weekend, a video with two famous German movie stars advocating the FTT was presented and reached the top ranking of youtube after only three hours (www.steuergegenarmut.de). The FTT has left the narrow circles of some expert NGOs and has become a real public issue ... ... this article will come up in WDEV 1/Jan-Feb 2010 and is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick your option or >>>
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
The year 2015 was marked on the one hand by the inability of the European Union (EU) to emerge from the crisis, and on the other by a dramatic rise in the number of people taking flight from their homes and from their homelands, because of wars and terrorist attacks, in many cases caused by the destructive policies of the EU and of its member states.
The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17 as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4% in 2015.
Within a few weeks leftwing governments in Latin America have experienced a breath-taking decline. The Latin American (centre-) left forces suffered several strategic defeats. They occurred in the biggest Latin American economies. First in Argentina, than in Venezuela, and also in Brazil the days of an uncontested majority of left forces are definitely over now.
14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.