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Repowering Europe: How To Combat Austerity, Alienation and Brexit
"The decisive cause is: 15 or 20 years ago the European Union was associated in the heads of the majority of its citizens with prosperity, progress and modernisation. The EU held out a promise that everybody or at least most people would be better off in future.

Today we can see – certainly since the outbreak of the financial and economic crisis – a stagnant economy, disappointingly weak levels of investment as well as a dramatic decline in the labour market. In the crisis-ridden countries of the south, especially, youth unemployment has soared to 40 to 50 per cent for some time now. The outcome: there’s an increasing competitive pressure on the employment market, public budgets are constrained. Neoliberal apologists and conservative politicians are trying to reframe the financial and economic crisis as a crisis of the European welfare state. Insecurity spreads far and wide."
Europe  EU  nationalism  populism  UK  Brexit  crisis  economy  unemployment  globalisation  taxAvoidance  growth  livingStandards  inequality  refugees  asylum  politics 
october 2016 by petej
Prime Minister David Cameron's speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos - Speeches - GOV.UK
"Again let me put my cards squarely on the table. Of course there is a difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance. Evasion is illegal. It can and should be subject to the full force of the criminal law. But what about tax avoidance? Now of course there’s nothing wrong with sensible tax planning and there are some things that governments want people to do that reduce tax bills, such as investing in a pension, a start up business or giving money to a charity. But there are some forms of avoidance that have become so aggressive that I think it is right to say these raise ethical issues, and it is time to call for more responsibility and for governments to act accordingly.

In the UK we’ve already committed hundreds of millions into this effort, but acting alone has its limits. Clamp down in one country and the travelling caravan of lawyers, accountants and financial gurus will just move on elsewhere. So we need to act together, including at the G8. If there are difficult questions about whether existing standards are tough enough to tackle avoidance we need to ask them. If there are options for more multilateral deals on automatic information exchange to catch tax evaders we need to explore them."
CameronDavid  Greece  G8  taxAvoidance  trade  tax  transparency  politics 
april 2016 by petej
Britain’s zombie government — Mosquito Ridge — Medium
"The triple crisis — steel, welfare and now tax havens — makes the UK government look like a committee for managing the affairs of the super-rich: assiduously lobbying Brussels to lay off scrutiny of tax vehicles, assiduously ignoring the plight of steel.

The only reason they are not in absolute panic mode is that the media will do everything they can to avoid this turning toxic. Not only because the media are ideologically committed to the freemarket doctrine of smash the poor and avoid taxes. It is because many of the owners are personally enmired in the system the Panama Papers reveal the tip of."
MossackFonseca  Panama  offshore  finance  CameronDavid  tax  taxAvoidance  secrecy  transparency  neoliberalism  OsborneGeorge  budget2016  Tata  steel  industry  JavidSajid  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul  PanamaPapers 
april 2016 by petej
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