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November 22 2010

The welfare state is the prime victim of this change in political discourse. In most countries, budget cuts concern mainly welfare provisions. There are cuts in the pension system, health care, unemployment benefits, family support etc. This is the trickle-down effect of the crisis: It hits those hardest that are the least responsible; it hits the weakest members of our society. As a consequence, social cohesion within and between European states is threatened. Though it is still too early to assess the impact of the budget cuts, it is crucial to look at their middle and long-term implications.

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung has commissioned an impact study of national budget cuts on welfare states in Europe. The author, Professor Arne Heise of the University of Hamburg, will compare the scope and quality of budget cuts, analyse trends and make predictions about the further development of welfare states. In addition to Germany, the focus is on a select number of countries where austerity measures have been particularly severe: Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Spain and Romania.

— Social Europe 20101122 | "European Austerity Regimes are a Threat to the Welfare State" by Cilia Ebert-Libeskind | also complete on 02mySocioEcon at
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July 18 2010

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How do Americans commonly judge upon the European wellfare state - especially now during the internation financial crisis?

Social Europe Columnist Steven Hill speaks about his new book ‘Europe’s Promise’ | Social Europe Journal
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