Germany’s report of EU28 member states ranking on social justice places Greece last and warns that “the bailout package measures have aggravated existing social problems.”
The report by the Bertelsmann Foundation, titled “Social Justice in the EU – Index Report 2015: Social Inclusion Monitor Europe,” gave crisis-racked Greece just 3.61 points on the index, placing it last, behind Romania (3.74 points) and Bulgaria (3.78) and world’s apart from top-ranking Sweden at 7.23 points. The EU average is 5.63 points.
Greece scored below the five out of 10 mark in every category, including those of poverty prevention, equitable education, labor market access, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health and intergenerational justice. The percentage of the population at risk of poverty and social exclusion rose from 34.6% to 36% in one year. The risk of children and youth suffering from poverty and social exclusion rose from 35.4% to 36.7% in one year.
Greece still has the fourth-best score on the issue of healthy life expectancy. People in Greece can expect an average of 64.9 healthy life (or disability-free) years.