Posts Tagged:Unemployment

The Day before Labor Day

In Austria, several organizations use the day before Labor Day to “celebrate” the “Day of the Unemployed”. At times of crisis, this day is more important than ever as Europe is threatening its fragile recovery through its austerity politics. So, it was no surprise when the International Labor Organization (ILO) yesterday stated that high unemployment…

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Europe: Austerity fails

Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, the Netherlands and probably soon also France – this is the Guardian’s long list of the European countries whose governments resigned or weren’t re-elected during the past 14 months (!) due to their failed austerity politics. So, what remains from Europe’s two-year long try to calm…

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Real Democracy Now!

The current protests of ten-thousands of people in many Spanish cities are closely followed throughout Europe. While the Arab Spring was about a transition from dictatorship to democracy, the protests in Spain aiming for real democracy (“Democracia Real Ya”) are targeted at a postdemocratic system that’s ruined through the economic crisis. 45% youth unemployment brought young…

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Give Young People a Voice!

A recent survey among 500 Austrian teenagers (aged 14-18 years) on environmental and social sustainability once again showed that particularly in times of crisis we have to offer opportunities for participation and decision-making to young people who want to create a fair and sustainable future for themselves. Responsible decision-maker cannot longer ignore those who have the biggest…

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Flassbeck urges us to think holistically

At the end of June, Heiner Flassbeck visited the Kreisky-Forum to urge politicians to think holistically again as holistic thinking has disappeared from politics after the end of Keynesianism 30-40 years ago. In particular, Flassbeck criticized that politics ignores the logic of the global economy and that people didn’t benefit from the increases in productivity…

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