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To boost its development cooperation and to fill funding gaps, the European Union is increasingly resorting to “blending”. While using tax payer-funded aid to encourage the engagement of private companies and investors in development can be helpful in certain cases, new Oxfam research has confirmed that private money is not a magical tool to end poverty. The EU should therefore ensure its private-sector initiatives don’t come at the detriment of continued public investment that has proven to achieve concrete, positive results, writes Hanna Saarinen, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor on investment in agriculture.

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Europe is not flourishing this spring. The European Union is beset by baying populism, Brexit, and a faltering economic model which bred an inequality crisis. Come the May elections, will the Union succumb to internal strife and selfishness, turning its back on Europe’s and the world’s citizens, or will the elections mark a period of regrowth and renewal for the European project? It is vital that European leaders address the main challenges of our time, namely economic and gender inequality as well the crisis of climate change.

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By Marc-Olivier Herman, Oxfam EU Economic Justice Policy Lead Right now, European supermarkets are using their huge purchasing power to squeeze their food suppliers through a range of unfair trading practices, such as late payments or last-minute cancellations of orders. These practices lead to poor working conditions and even human rights abuses for the people… » read more

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