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Finance and debt

  In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das...
It's time to reclaim the policy space lost to footloose capital by creating a new public realm at the global level, writes Richard Kozul-Wright for openDemocracy's Oureconomy. This week in Washington, the international community will be recalling the achievement of their forebears who, seventy five years ago, with...
Austerity and budget cuts do not need to be “the new normal”. Governments can find additional fiscal space to fund public services and development policies through at least eight options, all of which are endorsed by the United Nations. By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins for IPS news. While this week Ministers of...
The fund’s loan agreement with Ecuador will worsen unemployment and poverty, providing more reasons for serious reform at the IMF, writes Mark Weisbrot. When people think of the damage that wealthy countries – typically led by the US and its allies – cause to people in the rest of the world, they probably think of...
If we recouped the annual global revenue losses due to multinational tax avoidance, we could literally eliminate extreme income poverty around the world by giving $2 a day to the 650 million people currently living under the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. By Alex Cobham for Truthout. International tax...
In his 900th column for openDemocracy, Paul Rogers shows how economics and climate demand a new approach to international security. What will be making the world a more dangerous place in the coming two decades? There’s no shortage of looming threats: weapons of mass destruction; automation and artificial...
A decade after the financial crisis shook the foundations of the global financial system, the Bretton Woods Institutions face an uncertain future. The following overview is written for a series on the 'crisis of multilateralism' by openDemocracy with The Bretton Woods Project.  This year marks the 75th anniversary...
We need a radically different and rebalanced financial system which ensures that the very poorest are included and actively supported to thrive, and in which developing countries have an equal say in making the rules governing the global economy. Toby Quantrill introduces a new briefing on the Sustainable Development...
Debt repayments by the world’s poorest countries have doubled since 2010 to reach their highest level since just before the internationally organised write-off in 2005, campaigners have warned. The Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) said a borrowing spree when global interest rates were low had left many developing nations...
We need a politics of finance for the 99 percent in which public and democratically accountable finance is used to invest in water, health care and education as well as ecologically sound industries, writes Lavinia Steinfort for the Transnational Institute. It may not be a new idea, but the speed with which the Green...
The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world. Providing a healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly diet for all people will require a...
When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world. A full decade since the great crash of 2008, many...
Redistribution via the tax code, progressives on both sides of the Atlantic are realizing, only takes us so far. We need to start limiting inequality before it can dig in, writes Sam Pizzigati for Inequality.org. In the United States, back during the Great Depression, three simple words animated a grassroots upsurge ...
On 15 September, it will be ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers opened a Pandora’s Box. Movements across Europe are commemorating the date with acts of disobedience to relaunch our struggle to rebuild democracy, which can only be done by controlling finance, writes Susan George. It is ten years since the...
We are experiencing a systemic crisis. The environmental, economic, social and political crises are part of an interrelated and interdependent whole. It is impossible to solve one of these crises without addressing the others. Complementarities between Vivir Bien, degrowth, the commons, deglobalisation and other...