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"Who will pay for the crisis?" reads one placard carried by a health worker in Brussels during a solidarity march six months after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the one hand, it is estimated that the Covid-19 pandemic will push half a billion people into poverty at the global level. Similarly, according to the International Labour Organization, 400 million small entreprises are at risk worldwide. On the other hand, 32 of the world largest companies alone made an extra $109 bn profits in 2020. The world’s 10 richest men have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollar in 2020.
What does economic solidarity mean in this context? Is it fair that segments of the population fall into poverty while others make historical levels of profits? Ultimately, who will pay for the crisis?
Motion: This house wants to exceptionally tax excessive profits made during the Covid-19 crisis.
Audience: The national employers' association
Format: 3 vs 3 (or 4 vs 4), 10' per speaker
If you want to be a speaker, please indicate in a comment below whether you want to join the team of the proposition or the opposition. Those who do not want to prepare a speech can join as observers.
Some intro reading: https://www.dw.com/en/covid-are-tax-hikes-imminent-to-pay-for-pandemic/a-59139337
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