Privatisation of water is outrageous

Privatisation of water is outrageous
“The right to food, like the right to water, has an important place within the pursuit of other rights, beginning with the fundamental right to life.” ( Caritas in Veritate no 27 ). This fundamental view of Pope Benedict XVI came into my mind when I read that...
 Yes, with exemptions. What’s that? We claim for strong commitments!
Caritas Europa supports the campaign “Stop speculation on Food” and appeals to its adherents to join in. It is an initiative of Caritas Austria and is a consequence of the Caritas congress “Future without Hunger” . The core of the campaign is to influence the reform of the...

The Death Business

The Death Business
In the last weeks some news have been published in newsletters and magazines about a terrible theme. To cut it short: a new worldwide food crisis is approaching . Hunger will cause the death of thousands. Among multiple reasons, draught and also speculation on food by major holdings...

Faster, higher and stronger by standing together

Faster, higher and stronger by standing together
Diego Ballesteros, a good acquaintance of mine with paraplegia, is biking with a special hand-bike from Madrid to the Olympic city of London. In this way, he overcomes his disabilities by going a lot further than most of us would ever do – 1,800 kilometres on a normal...

EU Summit Conclusions

EU Summit Conclusions
“We, the Heads of State or Government of the European Union are committed to taking resolute action to address hunger in the world and restore confidence in politics as a tool at the service of humanity. Strong, smart, sustainable and inclusive human development, based on sound solidarity among...

Does Anyone Care if Bangladesh Drowns?

Does Anyone Care if Bangladesh Drowns?
As we in the rich countries continue to pump out greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the poor countries of the world are already living with the devastation caused by climate change. I was in the delegation of Caritas Europa, CIDSE , Caritas Luxembourg and Caritas Bangladesh that visited...

Greece: Extreme right rails against immigrants

 Greece: Extreme right rails against immigrants
For the last two months, Greeks have been trying to decide how the country should function, in or out of the Eurozone, with the shadow of a default on its debts very near. Poverty now touches many more families, both Greek and foreign, as Greece is now in...

EU humanitarian aid is not a crisis management tool

 EU humanitarian aid is not a crisis management tool
Caritas calls on the EU Council for consistency on the implementation of the European consensus on humanitarian aid. Earthquake, war, famine,… when a humanitarian crisis happens, Caritas is there to very rapidly help people. Of course, not only Caritas is available, but many other NGOs, national governments and...

Fiscal Compact vs. Welfare Model

Fiscal Compact vs. Welfare Model
The recently signed European Fiscal Compact seems to be a serious threat to the European social welfare state model. Linking anti-deficit and anti-debt rules in times of crises will just create a vicious circle and lead, according to Austrian experts, all EU countries into the “Greek disaster”. Saving...

Popular soup kitchens and good people

Popular soup kitchens and good people
This is one more piece of information in the crisis: more than 20 % of the population in Greece is unemployed and most immigrants live under the poverty line. The State knows it. The country’s local administration, the churches and the NGOs all know it. And they see...

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