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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The minimum wage is a job killer

Opposition parties in Germany are preparing to introduce a draft law on a minimum wage to the Bundesrat upper house. The Social Democrats, Green Party and socialist Left Party have agreed to propose a minimum wage of 8.50 euros an hour, raising the pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition. Labour unions argue that the minimum…

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Paying the price

The European Commission has backed plans from 10 countries to launch a financial transactions tax to help raise funds to tackle the debt crisis. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia want to push ahead with the tax after failing to win support from all members of the European Union. “This…

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Stopping the myth of the „holy war“

When islamist groups commit terrorist attacks, try to take control of governments or threaten western democracies, one myth is always present: The myth of doing something heroic. The myth of killing in the name of god. The myth of the “holy war”. Right now, this is the case in the northwest of the African continent:…

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GES 2013

Dear GES Community, with the GES 2012 in Rio we introduced some major changes to the way we provide our content and embed you in the process of developing solutions for global problems. Currently, we are preparing the GES 2013 in Kiel, Germany. Consequently, our authors will pick up where they left after Rio 2012…

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How Much Does Education Cost?

The following article deals with the topic “Effective Investments in Education,” which was discussed at the Global Economic Symposium in Rio. The author intends to promote ongoing discussion of this topic by sharing her personal stories and ideas.

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