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ETUCE-ETUI High level seminar on alternatives to austerity measures

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On 25 - 27 February 2013, the ETUCE and ETUI organized a joint high-level seminar focusing on alternatives to widespread austerity measures across Europe. Presidents and general secretaries of national trade union organizations discussed their positions and strategies in the context of a changing European governance landscape wi...

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Private Intellectuals Sell Market Solutions

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Public intellectuals have a long history of speaking out in the public interest about the issues of the day.  Today we have a new phenomenon -- private intellectuals -- like Harry Patrinos, Michael Barber, and James Tooley -- who speak out against the public interest to promote the private market.  Of course, they try ...

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The story on current education reforms in Spain: The past will come back

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During the time when Spain was ruled by a dictator, girls and boys went to different schools, or they were at least subject to class segregation. Typically, the rich and middle class children went to private religious schools, and the poor children from the suburbs and/or villages went to public schools. A crucifix was also pres...

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Reforming Reform

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In democratic societies, certain values have been seen as primordial. Economic activity and market actors should find their place in that value system. Phrases such as the “social market” economy or “capitalism with a human face” reflected that mentality. There has always been a tension between the market and human valu...

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