Issue of inequality has emerged as political issues and must be discussed particularly because of its dimension and degree. Speakers deconstructed this topic thoroughly, starting with defining key drivers of inequality and linking this to debates sparkled by Thomas Piketty’s book.
The topic has been discussed from the global perspective and speakers pin pointed challenges that the EU faced and that could potentially pose a threat to its security. EU is in need of policy changes and profound political answers to crises of inequality that can be deepened by EU not finding right answer to refuge crises, so it would not be seen as “fortress Europe” that protects its higher class and high standards keeping everyone else outside. It has to redefine its self and find new ideas and starts dialogue so it can become more inclusive, also speaker underlined necessity of distributing burden between member states.
As a part of answer participants saw changes in education, since most of inequality comes from human capital. Having outdated educational systems means excluding people and leaving them in the same start positions they were born into regardless of their effort.
- Milica Uvalić‚ Professor, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy
- William Bartlett‚ Associate Professorial Research Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Tobias Flessenkemper‚ Senior Associate Researcher am Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE)
- Jelena Žarković Rakić‚ Director, Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN), Belgrade, Serbia