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Germany: government waste galore

Germany: government waste galore
IllustrationAs black as it is painted?

The times when Germany was the symbol of fiscal probity seem far away. The German Taxpayers' Association (BdSt) publishes each year its "Black Book" providing an overview of government waste which makes Darth Vader look like a choirboy in comparison.





EU Energy Policy: Time to Reform

EU Energy Policy: Time to Reform
IllustrationEdited by Pierre Garello

Energy policies are the object of fierce debates due to their important and multidimensional effects. It is in fact one of the major realms of action of the European Union. One of the main goals of current EU policy is known as the three 20s: a 20 per cent hike in energy efficiency, a 20 per cent cut in CO2 emissions and a 20 per cent share of renewables by 2020. This IREF publication contains four studies dealing with the various facets of EU energy policy.





What the Rich are Good For

What the Rich are Good For
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Advocates of redistribution often reckon that soaking the rich would eliminate poverty. Consider the following: the 10 largest fortunes in France amount to 14 per cent of GDP, or 272 billion euros. If we imagine a one-off redistribution of this wealth to the 8.2 officially poor, the sum awarded to each would be some 33,000 euros. Not bad, but certainly not enough to retire on.





Blue Planet in Green Shackles

IREF is editing the french version of Vaclav Klaus' book
Blue Planet in Green Shackles
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What is in danger today - the climate or our liberty? The Czech President Vaclav Klaus makes the case that policies being proposed to address global warming are not justified by current science and are, in fact, a dangerous threat to freedom and prosperity around the world. IREF is editing the French version of the book in cooperation with Contribuables Associes.





The Flat Tax

Robert Hall & Alvin Rabushka
The Flat Tax
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The famous book on the flat tax written by Hall & Rabushka is finally available for the French readers. IREF edited the French version of the book in cooperation with Contribuables Associés.





Finances et libertés locales

Pourquoi l'explosion des impôts locaux?
Finances et libertés locales
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The author of this book, Gérard Bramoullé, is deputy mayor in charge of finance for the city of Aix-en-Provence. He is explaining why the local taxes are explosing in France since several years and how the State is preventing decentralisation, rather to promote it.





Futur des retraites et retraites du futur

Le futur de la répartition
Futur des retraites et retraites du futur
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This is the first volume of a forthcoming trilogy on social security systems. The authors Jacques Garello and Georges Lane are challenging the current French social security model and are clearly showing that it has no possible future.





Futur des retraites et retraites du futur

Volume II: Les retraites du futur - la capitalisation
Futur des retraites et retraites du futur
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The second volume of the trilogy of Jacques Garello and Georges Lane is analysing the capitalisation social security system.





Futur des retraites et retraites du futur

Volume III: La transition
Futur des retraites et retraites du futur
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This is the third volume of the book of Jacques Garello and Georges Lane, edited in French language. The authors are proposing ideas for transition from the "pay as you go" system to  capitalisation funds.



                
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