In October 2015, the Bertelsmann Foundation Social Justice Index released a comparative study of poverty in the EU. The Foundation was suggesting at one in four Europeans (24,6%) risk poverty and social exclusion.

Therein, there were some interesting and counterintuitive findings, including the fact that the most effective welfare system in preventing poverty in Europe is that of the Czech Republic, followed by the Dutch and the Swedish. Another was the fact that the absolute champion of pove...

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