Europe is facing unacceptable levels of poverty and inequality. Instead of putting people first, policy decision making is increasingly influenced by wealthy elites who bend the rules to their advantage, worsening poverty and economic inequality, while steadily and significantly eroding democratic institutions. Austerity measures and unfair tax systems across Europe are skewed in favour of powerful vested interests. It is time to reverse the course of poverty and inequality in Europe, putting people first.
For an overview, read Deborah Hardoon's blog An unequal union: startling new research into European inequality. The following interactive tables demonstrate the factors contributing to, and resulting from, inequality in Europe. The policy paper, research report and background data can also be downloaded below.