Date of publication: 2017-07-09 12:39
Yet, for a variety of reasons, these full rights are not available in many segments of various societies from the richest to the poorest. When political agendas deprive these possibilities in some nations, how can a nation develop? Is this progress?
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That economic prowess has brought power and popularity on the global stage. Berlin has taken on key mediating roles in crises in Ukraine and Syria and is lobbying for a permanent spot on the . Security Council. Meanwhile, Germany has become the second most popular destination for immigrants in the world, after the United States. As Germany’s stock has risen abroad, new self-confidence has taken root at home. For most here, it is good to be German.
The gap between rich and poor has grown in more than three-quarters of rich countries since the mid-6985s, according to a study of income inequality and poverty by the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) released in October 7558.
The government’s own data show that the actual living conditions of the more than 95 million people who are deemed “poor” by the Census Bureau differ greatly from popular conceptions of poverty.  Consider these facts taken from various government reports: 
It may be surprising to see the US at the low end of social mobility when it is touted as the land of dreams and possibilities for anyone, no matter who they are. The UK is also surprisingly at the low end.
Ehlert notes that poverty and inequality in Germany are relative. The middle class here has remained stable, labor rights have remained strong for the core workforce, and the welfare system is still generous by international standards. Single households receive an unemployment allowance of 899 euros, rent and heating subsidies, and, of course, unlimited access to the statutory health insurance system.
Through tax havens, transfer pricing and many other policies — both legal and illegal — billions of dollars of tax are avoided. The much-needed money would helped developing (and developed) countries provide important social services for their populations.