Higher longevity challenges pension systems

The key societal trend in many parts of the world is an ageing society. This trend is driven in part by lower fertility but mainly by higher longevity. One of the big challenges is the budgetary pressure on pension systems. A recent study of Bertelsmann Stiftung has provided evidence that extended working life and the…

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Tax case of Uli Hoeness: We need a tax cut

Uli Hoeness, boss of the German soccer champion Bayern Munich, turned out to be a tax dodger: He filed an amended tax return admitting that he avoided paying taxes by means of a Swiss bank account. Uli Hoeness, who enjoyed a reputation to  be a moral and honest man, will face prosecution in a tax avoidance…

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Europe’s valuable Resource

Imagine an extraterrestrial creature landing in Brussels on a grey January time. It hears about the euro zone crisis and asks for an explanation. Here is how one such explanation could run. “The euro zone is in crisis because some of its countries have spent more than they have earned and thus they have accumulated…

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World Water Day: Preparing for a Blue Revolution

Today is World Water Day – it is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de…

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Gender quotas are discriminatory

Gender quotas are discriminatory No doubt: Getting more women into top corporate positions is an important goal. But the idea of forcing companies to fulfill quotas is the wrong way to reach that goal. Quotas are a bad idea: They don’t improve the current situation. And they are discriminatory to both, men and women. Those…

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Quotas matter for full equal political and economic participation

Please note: This is a guest contribution by Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Equality for all human beings is a core principal and Leitmotif of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1949 and manifested in many national constitutions. Due to the lack of equal political participation of women quotas were implemented over the…

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