Inequality and Spanish Politics: “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”

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panish 'Podemos' party leader Pablo Iglesias (L) shakes hands with French Economist Thomas Piketty after their meeting in Madrid, Spain, 09 January 2015. Iglesias has stated that Piketty gave them an 'oxygen valve' since he approved some of their economic proposals, such as the debt restructuring.

Inequality and Spanish Politics: “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”


"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". The famous phrase was allegedly uttered by Marie Antoinette indicates oblivion to inequality, which however is not exceptional. In electoral terms, it is unemployment not inequality that matters.

On Tuesday, fresh data was released on income inequality in Spain.

Inequality matters. On Tuesday, the results of a tax amnesty programme extended by the ruling Popular Party (PP) in 2012 were processed. Spanish Tax Agency figures show that 471 individuals declared ...


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