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The EU’s poverty problem exposed

August 3, 2017

No wonder they want billions from Britain!


POVERTY across the European Union has reached new levels while the Brussels elite continues to preach about unity and success.

More than a quarter of children in the 28-member state club are living below the breadline with the total number of poor predicted to reach 100million by 2020.

One in four Europeans are now affected by poverty, with the worst affected nations being in the eastern bloc.

The most recent figures suggest 119 million people were living in poor homes – at risk of poverty.

Figures from 2015 show more than a third of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece.

Across Europe 27 percent of children now live in a poor households.

Angela Merkel has praised the EU for its unity but poverty spreads

Queues at job centres across the European Union appear to be getting longer

According to Europe 2020 indicators, child poverty in the UK is at its highest level since 2010.

The number of people living below the monetary poverty line in Hungary, Sweden and Spain, with rises of between 2.3 and 2.5 percentage points, the EU 2020 report revealed.

However, this was not the case in the United Kingdom where the number actually decreased.

In Spain, close to 40 percent of people live in poverty in the southern province of Andalusia while nationwide close to one in three Spaniards live in poverty.

Fernando Rodríguez from Spanish NGO Educo Andalucía told Euronews children are being hit by poverty while Spain sees economic growth.

He said: “Requests for our summer meals have gone up by 40 per cent compared to last year.

“The economic crisis has led to budget cuts in social funding, education, health. That has led to many families trying to cut down on food spending. Nobody is going hungry, but there is malnutrition in Spain.”

Save The Children has also raised concerns about the rise in child poverty in the area.

Europe’s so-called “gig economy” – workers on short contracts or working freelance – has been blamed for some of the issues.

Meanwhile, in Germany the economy is booming but there is a surge of people classed as “working poor”.

There is rising concern over poverty among pensioners.

European Union has failed to tackle issue of poverty adequately

Berlin sales manager Monika Sagertsch failed to get a full-time contract.She said: “They don’t want to pay. I am too expensive. They prefer to hire non-qualified workers for 8,50 euros an hour. They would have to pay me higher wages.”In 2003 Germany made the job market more “flexible” by reducing unemployment benefits but allowing temp agencies near-free reign.As a result, many people are un-contracted and badly paid, including in huge cities like Berlin.In 2015 more than seven percent of the working EU population was at risk of poverty – even though they were working full time.A huge 40 percent of migrants to the EU are at risk of poverty and social exclusion within the bloc, despite Germany’s promises to success at integration.

EU leaders have claimed the bloc promotes opportunity and equality

In 16 Member States, the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion has risen since 2008, pushing them further away from their national targets.The 2020 report said: “Despite progress in reducing poverty or social exclusion levels, aided by the incipient economic recovery, the number of poor or socially excluded people still needs to fall by 22.9 million people in the EU by 2020 to fulfil the poverty goal of the Europe 2020 strategy.“The European Commission acknowledges there is no sign of a rapid improvement in the situation and expects that the number of people at risk of poverty might remain at about 100 million by 2020.”


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