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Caritas: European austerity measures threaten social services

December 21, 2011

Caritas Europa--the confederation of Catholic relief and development agencies in 47 nations--is expressing concern that European nations’ austerity measures threaten social services for the poor.

“The governments focus on reductions in public expenditure on social security benefits and services, wage reductions and increases in tax will disproportionately impact upon the poorest in society,” a recent Caritas Europa report found. “The austerity measures pursued by many countries will result in the erosion of social services, what will lead to further exclusion of people who already find themselves on the margins of society.”

“The macro-economic approach underpinning the Europe 2020 strategy fails to understand the interdependence of economic development, social development and environmental protection,” Caritas added, referring to the European Commission’s economic growth strategy. “States have to understand that all three pillars--the economic, the social and the environmental one--need each other simultaneously for a truly sustainable growth.”


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  • Posted by: Gaby - Dec. 21, 2011 7:42 AM ET USA

    It's the Church's job to care for the poor and needy, not the government's. These austerity measures simply mean there will be more poor for the Church to care for. What, were they expecting justice in this world?!?