Posts Tagged:Economic crisis

Global risks: Climate change, financial crisis and inequality

My previous blogpost already mentioned the World Economic Forum’s recently released “Global Risks Report“. According to this report, cliamte change, the financial crisis and inequality are today’s three biggest risks and together form a multifaceted economic, societal and environmental crisis whose symptoms and challenges are highly interdependent. In the following, I would like to highlight some interesting first insights from the…

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Europe: Austerity fails

Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, the Netherlands and probably soon also France – this is the Guardian’s long list of the European countries whose governments resigned or weren’t re-elected during the past 14 months (!) due to their failed austerity politics. So, what remains from Europe’s two-year long try to calm…

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Real Democracy Now!

The current protests of ten-thousands of people in many Spanish cities are closely followed throughout Europe. While the Arab Spring was about a transition from dictatorship to democracy, the protests in Spain aiming for real democracy (“Democracia Real Ya”) are targeted at a postdemocratic system that’s ruined through the economic crisis. 45% youth unemployment brought young…

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Three Important Statements on the Economic and Financial Crisis

There’s a lot to say about the current financial and economic crisis. When daily news on bankrupt European countries, US debt or increasing commodity prices are increasing global imbalances, it becomes more difficult to stay on top of things and make sound economic predictions. That’s why I’d like to share three recent intersting analyses: Nouriel…

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A global challenge: Climate change, hunger and migration

Today is Blog Action Day on climate change and tomorrow is World Food Day with this year’s theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis”. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to write about the interesection of climate change, hunger and migration which is one of the most pressing issues in terms of global…

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The Austrian Solar Photovoltaic Disaster

Yesterday, Photovoltaic Austria called the state of Austria’s solar photovoltaic industry in the last year a “full solar eclipse”. Similarly to wind energy, the newly installed solar PV capacity in Austria dramatically declined to only 2.0 MWp due to the bad Eco-electricity Act. In contrast, the newly installed capacities of some of our neighboring countries:…

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A new political vision

Austria in 2009: Politicians are engaging in emotional controversies instead of offering comprehensive answers to our central challenges, in particular the global economic crisis, dangerous climate change and rising inequality. They are stuck in political gridlock while they should actually tackle the fact that we’re living at the expense of other people on this planet…

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