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Europäische Solidarität – nicht zum Nulltarif

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Solidarity - image: Wikimedia

Artikel von Friedhelm Hengsbach, Nell-Breuning Institut

Die Europäische Union steht Kopf – nicht aus voller Begeisterung, mit der die Fans des Frauenfußballs derzeit in die Stadien der Weltmeisterschaft strömen. Vielmehr aus Sorge, Unruhe und Ratlosigkeit. Zahlreiche Menschen zweifeln daran, dass der real existierende Kapitalismus Recht hat, nur weil er in der Systemkonkurrenz siegreich war, und dass die finanzwirtschaftlichen und politischen Eliten in der Lage sind, mit der Finanzkrise fertig zu werden und die Verschuldungskrise europäischer Staaten zu bewältigen. Continue reading

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La Chine, économie pleine et chaise vide

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image: GDS Infographics (cc: by)

La Chine est un pays fier de sa culture et de sa longue durée dans l’histoire. En multipliant les succès économiques avec un taux de croissance à deux chiffres depuis plusieurs années et une augmentation de ses exportations de 30% cette année, la Chine relève la tête et savoure sa revanche sur les occidentaux qui ont voulu la dépecer aux heures sombres de sa déchéance passée. La question désormais n’est plus de se demander “quand la Chine s’éveillera”. Le réveil a déjà sonné. La Chine n’est donc plus un pays “émergent”, mais un pays définitivement “émergé”. Les Chinois s’installent aujourd’hui à la table des grands, mais sans vraiment prendre leur part du fardeau commun ni se soucier véritablement de l’autonomie des nations et des droits de la personne humaine, en Afrique noire par exemple et notamment au Soudan, au Thibet bien sûr mais aussi en Iran et en Corée du Nord. Continue reading

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Editorial

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
Editorial

Editorial

The enduring financial and economic crisis has provoked renewed anxiety about the economic ideologies that shape modern society, stimulating both critique and the attempt to explore new options – and seemingly, old ones.
On August 30th, the news agency Zenit, linked with the Holy See, published an interview with John Medaille a ‘neo-distributist’ from the USA, who wants to reclaim an economic model known as  ‘distributism’. This was articulated by English-speaking Catholic thinkers of the early twentieth century, drawing on the social teaching of Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI. Its perspectives have informed later Catholic Social Teaching, and have prompted recent political ideas such as David Cameron’s ‘Big Society.  They lie at the heart of the social practice of the rapidly growing ecclesial movement ‘Comunione e Liberazione’. Continue reading

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Youth and employment

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
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Youth and employment
José Ignacio García Jiménez

A recent round table in Brussels brought together experts to discuss the difficulties of assuring access to the labour market for young people, and European policy responses.
In many contexts, statistics may mask dramatic realities. In the case of youth unemployment the figures, themselves shocking, do not convey the pain and struggle of millions of young people in Europe who have lost their jobs, or who have never again gained a first access to the labour market. Continue reading

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Der Geld-Knick

This article was posted in Miscellaneous.
Der Geldknick

Der Geldknick

Wer mit Waren oder Leistungen auf den Markt geht, hat Transport-, Frischhalte- und Reklamekosten. Er muss dann auf einen Käufer warten. Als Verkäufer steht man gewöhnlich auch unter Zeitdruck. Brötchen werden hart. Blumen verwelken. Obst  wird man abends zum Schleuderpreis verkaufen.
Wer dagegen mit Geld kommt, dem liegt der ganze Markt zu Füßen. Geld ist dort privilegiert. Es hat sozusagen zu dem aufgedruckten Nennwert noch einen „Mehrwert“. Er besteht im Liquiditätsvorteil des Geldes. Wer keine unmittelbaren existentiellen Bedürfnisse hat, genießt die Freiheit, selber zu bestimmen, wann und was er kaufen will. Geld ist auf dem Markt wie ein Joker, der alle anderen Karten sticht. Continue reading

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Editorial

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.
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Editorial

The Bank for International Settlements may be low-profile, but it is prestigious. It exists to provide services for central banks. Its report of June 28th on the international financial and economic crisis includes daunting chapter headings such as ‘From the emergency room to intensive care’.
The first phase of the crisis prompted, in many countries, massive public bail-outs of the financial sector, in order to avoid economic chaos. We may suppose this to have been unavoidable. Now the full cost of these measures has begun to be felt as many governments face grimly unpalatable alternatives. Continue reading

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The Crisis and Poverty

This article was posted in Solidarity.
Financial crisis

Financial crisis - image (by): alles-schlumpf

For this reflection I draw on two international reflection seminars among Jesuits and our colleagues, organised by the Jesuit European Office in Brussels, as well as certain external resources that were prominent in our minds as we met, such as Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate. I have no competence to discuss the specific situation of Luxembourg, and my remarks will be general. The attempt to reflect on the crisis in relation to poverty entails a clear approach and perspective, for example relating this crisis – however briefly – to that of climate change (which threatens first and foremost the world’s poor) and to the ethical evaluation of the world economic order as such. Continue reading

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Church Action on Labour and Life

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Labour - image: Jer Kunz

Labour - image: Jer Kunz

Church Action on Labour and Life (CALL): An Ecumenical Initiative to Promote Social  Europe

CALL. This resounding acronym stands for Church Action on Labour and Life. It is the name of a recently launched network that spans the whole of Europe (not only the EU, but also the Europe of the Council of Europe), whose aim is to “promote a Christian perspective in the debates on Europe’s economic and social policies”. Continue reading

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Table-ronde madrilène

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Table ronde

Table ronde

Table-ronde madrilène sur la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises minières au Congo

L’OCIPE organise, dans le cadre du projet Relational Peace Advocacy Network et avec l’université jésuite COMILLAS, une table-ronde à l’occasion de la présidence espagnole de l’Union Européenne. Celle-ci aura lieu le 18 mai à Madrid après la projection du documentaire de Thierry Michel “Katanga Business” qui illustre bien la complexité des enjeux du secteur extractif en République démocratique du Congo. Continue reading

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Birth pangs of a new strategy

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 09 / April 2010.

EU 2020 strategy - image: European Commission

EU 2020 strategy - image: European Commission

EU2020: the Birth Pangs of a New Decennial European Strategy
Hervé Pierre Guillot

European Councils that take place in March each year are supposed to concentrate mainly on social issues, especially since the March 2000 European Council in Lisbon which launched the Lisbon strategy, the aim of which was for Europe “to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”. A mid-term review in Spring 2005 clearly showed that the strategy was not delivering on its targets. It was therefore “relaunched” with a clear focus on “growth and jobs”. Continue reading

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