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Europe: Ethno-Political Conflicts

Ethno-Political Conflicts S Nanjundan writes from Vienna: THERE is little absolute poverty in post cold war Europe, even in the former Soviet countries. While globalisation and liberalisation have certainly made the rich richer, the fruits of technology development, productivity growth, the communication revolution and services sector growth have been widely shared resulting in an everexpanding middle class, unemployment and poverty largely alleviated by the social security system and moonlighting jobs outside the organised sector. Making a satisfactory living has been largely taken care of, despite official unemployment of 5 per cent plus in many countries. Thus trade union-employer conflicts are insignificant. The left has virtually become the right liberal.

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