global financial crisis

Robin Hood campaigners outside the German Finance Ministry handing in the Million Strong petition. Credit: DGB/Steinle, 7 May 2015

Blog: The most popular tax in history? The ‘Million Strong’ campaign for a Robin Hood Tax

From Rome to Berlin, Robin Hood Tax campaigners are coming together this week to present a ‘Million Strong’ petition to European leaders. Since the campaign launched, supporters in Europe have taken over a million actions in support of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), making it one of the most popular taxes in history.

Greek protest against austerity, 2011.

Blog: Why Greece rejected the austerity that increased poverty and inequality

Greece’s rejection of austerity policies may raise eyebrows across Europe, but it should not come as a surprise. Civil society has been warning about the possibility of a continental ‘lost decade’ for several years, with Oxfam predicting that damaging austerity policies could force up to 25 million Europeans into poverty by 2025.

Blog: Future News? 3 enlightened reasons to help make the Robin Hood Tax a reality now

The Robin Hood Tax as Future News: featuring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara

Following the devastating financial crisis it’s been great to see banks winning back hearts and minds by helping those who were hit the hardest, embracing tough new regulations, and slashing bonuses... Right?

Sometimes it’s tempting to try and rewrite the past, but what about the future? What would you like to see the news reporting in ten years time?

A cautionary tale: Europe's bitter crisis of austerity and inequality

Blog: A cautionary tale: Europe's bitter crisis of austerity and inequality

By Winnie Byanyima and Sharan Burrow

Because of austerity, Europeans may have to live through the type of disastrous period experienced by Latin Americans, Asians and Africans in the 1980s and 1990s.

Europe's aggressive plans to balance the books by slashing public spending are proving to be a disaster. By ignoring mistakes from history, Europe risks repeating them. The most vulnerable people in Europe are facing an ‘austerity winter' that could last a generation.

Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working

Blog: Indignaos: la austeridad no funciona

Un nuevo libro que cuenta con el apoyo de Oxfam, Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working, (Indignaos: la austeridad no funciona) procura alternativas ante la política de austeridad promovida en Europa.

Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working

Blog: Indignez-vous : l'austérité ne fonctionne pas

Un nouvel ouvrage parrainé par Oxfam, Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working (« Indignez-vous : l'austérité ne fonctionne pas »), étudie les solutions alternatives aux plans d'austérité imposés actuellement en Europe.

Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working

Blog: Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working

A new Oxfam supported book, Be Outraged: Austerity isn't working, is looking at alternatives to current European austerity drive.

Oxfam 'Let them eat coal' stunt at the Durban UN climate talks. Photo: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam

Blog: Hunger: the real economic crisis

Hunger affects about 1 billion people around the world, and as the economic crisis continues, the push for growth can actually make matters worse.

Oxfam Big Heads dining at the EU. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Not just another boring G20 petition

OK, so petitions aren't exactly novel. In fact they were used back in the 19th century by the abolitionists (as were most modern campaign methods, with the exception of blogging, I guess). But the reason we still use them is because they work – petitions show how much the public cares about an issue, and they provide evidence for the good guys and scare the bad guys. We've seen them work before, let's make it happen again – dear reader, you can make a difference!

Oxfam campaigners support the Robin Hood Tax at the meeting of the EU's Economic & Financial Affairs Council in Madrid, 16 April. Credit: Ivan M. García/Oxfam

Blog: Make Finance Pay: Global Days of Action for the Robin Hood Tax

‘Make Finance Pay’ was the message that campaigners around the world sent to their governments last week. The Global Days of Action saw activities and events in seven countries across three continents. Campaigners in the United States, Canada, France, Australia, England, Scotland and Germany came together to demand a Robin Hood Tax – a tiny tax on financial transactions that would raise up to $400 billion to tackle climate change and alleviate poverty.


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