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Climate march in Brussels, Belgium, 2 December 2018. Photo: Eric de Mildt

Blog: European elections 2019: A European spring for citizens worldwide?

The Head of our EU office shares her personal hope, that this spring, the EU will flourish and provide better policies for citizens in Europe and beyond.

Oxfam tax havens campaign stunt outside the European Union, 2016. Photo: Tineke D'haese/Oxfam

Blog: Historic vote in European Parliament for a Europe free from tax havens

Last week, the European Parliament

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Blog: Paddling Against the Tide

How the changes in the OECD’s definition of aid continue to undermine global efforts against poverty. A statement by African civil society.

Rapeseed is often used to make biofuels. © Copyright Adam Ward used under CC

Blog: A win for food security: EU caps biofuels from food

Yesterday EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels formally approved legislation limiting the use of food-based biofuels in the EU.

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Blog: Breaking the cycle: How Europe can stop industrial tax dodging

HSBC’s Swiss branch helped over 130,000 wealthy people dodge their taxes. This is yet another shocking scandal making tax dodging appear more like a film franchise than a damaging global practice. Here's how the European Union could help ensure justice.

4 pivotal ways the EU can fight poverty in 2014

Blog: 4 pivotal ways the EU can fight poverty in 2014

As major changes sweep over European leadership, 2014 will certainly prove a landmark year in Europe’s standing in the world. This institutional reshuffle offers an opportunity to change gears and tackle global challenges straight on.

At Oxfam, we want to see Europe leading the fight against inequality and climate change, two major injustices threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger, both at home and abroad.

Cuatro sencillas verdades sobre los biocombustibles

Blog: Cuatro sencillas verdades sobre los biocombustibles

¿Qué es más importante: la comida o el combustible? Pregúntaselo a tu eurodiputado 

La próxima semana el Parlamento Europeo votará la reforma de la legislación europea sobre biocombustibles. Con un simple voto contestarán a una sencilla pregunta: ¿Qué es más importante: la comida o el combustible?

Four simple truths about biofuels

Blog: Four simple truths about biofuels

What comes first: food or fuel? Ask your Member of the European Parliament

Next week, the European Parliament will vote on the reform of Europe’s biofuels legislation. By a show of hands they will answer one very simple question: what comes first, food of fuel?

To drive or to eat

What’s more important? The answer to this question should be straightforward. But not for the biofuels industry and farming lobbies that have been relentless in their efforts to capture European decision-making to serve their interests.

We must make sure that G8 leaders end tax dodging for good

Blog: The G8 must take action on tax dodging and tax havens!

Shocking new statistics released by Oxfam this week have shown that governments are letting people hide at least $18.5 trillion in offshore tax havens. Yes, you read that right: not $18.5 million, or even $18.5 billion, but $18.5 trillion!

If you think this is an outrage, share these graphics (below) with your friends online; or send them to your goverment's leader so they hear your voice.

Hungry? The EU biofuels industry has feed for you

Blog: Hungry? The EU biofuels industry has feed for you

Biofuels were back in the spotlight in Brussels last week when the European Parliament and European Energy Ministers gathered to discuss a review of EU biofuels legislation. Oxfam is concerned that EU policy creates incentives for biofuels production which pushes up food prices, encourages land grabs and, in many cases, increases rather than reduces dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.


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