By Ann Pettifor: April 25th Huffington Post
The humiliating surrender of Greece’s economic autonomy came just last Friday, 23 April, 2010. The democratically elected Prime Minister, George Papandreou transferred to unelected officials in Brussels and Washington the power to determine Greece’s fiscal policy. In other words, decisions about taxation, and how tax revenues should be spent.
In a 26 April interview with the Financial Times on the
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A few weeks ago, we highlighted the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, co-authored by Ai Director Jeremy Smith for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
On issues like financial (de)regulation we have been quite critical of the European Union’s role – see our recent Iceland posts.
So it is good to record positive news - the European Commission has just announced its own gender equality “Charter” to coincide with International Women’s Day. It is in English, French and German. The EU has really been in the lead over many years, in cajoling its member states into taking legislative and practical action for equality.
This new “Charter” (which is really more of a declaration) highlights in particular the issue of gender violence and equal pay for work of equal value.
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