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EESC President Henri Malosse

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  • All around me I read about, see and feel that Europeans are increasingly living in fear, humiliation and hopelessness. Humiliation and fear are feelings that people have always lived with, but rarely have they given up hope, which has now vanished from our mythical Pandora's box. Last Friday in Paris, we celebrated 50 years of the Council of Europe's Social Charter and, while acknowledging the achievements of the EU's Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, we wondered what the next step might be. The seminar discussions left me with the impression that when everything appears lost amid the financial turmoil, people's social rights are all they have left. These rights serve to stabilise society in the same way that the motion of Earth's tectonic plates prevents the planet from imploding. Read More...

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