Spain - Rising inequality and social exclusion - February 28, 2017

The European Commission’s Spain 2017 Report praises economic progress, but is very critical about several social indicators. The report warns that the recovery is not automatically reflected in improved social indicators. Economic achievements have resulted in minimal drops in poverty and social exclusion rates. The levels of inequality, poverty and social exclusion are ‘among the highest in the EU. The conclusions mirror similar studies by other international observers. According to the report, 13.1% of workers are at risk of slipping into poverty. Inequality was already an issue before the crisis, and it continues to be so now. The gap between the wealthiest 20% and the poorest 20% is one of the biggest in the EU.

English: http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/02/22/inenglish ...  

The country report: https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/2017-european-semester ...  

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