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International Trade Union Movement – Since the 1980s, we have witnessed the political breakthrough of neoliberalism with its massive wave of privatisations, deregulation of the financial sector and of employment relations, as well as the partial dismantling of social security systems. That wave was followed by the enormous expansion of financial markets, along with their speculative excesses. All of that was a result of severe economic crises; resulting in a catastrophic social impact and very ominous political consequences, marked by the upsurge of extreme right-wing populist parties. As a result, the European Union whose social model has suffered hitherto unimaginable blows is on the edge of collapsing. As predicted a few years ago, by the great historian Eric Hobsbawm before his death, we are going through a long cycle of world economic crisis. The consequence would be a great danger of a renationalisation of policy aims, leading to the extremes of the last century, which was deeply scarred by two terrible world wars and their human and social destruction………………….
full article at source: http://www.social-europe.eu/2013/12/international-trade-union-movement-challenges/
Europe’s second largest economy and crucial to the core founding partnership of
the euro project, France, has seen its unemployment rate rise unceasingly for 9
quarters in a row now. At 11.03%, French unemployment has not been
higher since Q3 1997. Of course, President Hollande, despite falling
PMIs and rising unemployment is hopeful that things are turning around as he
notes, France is “now in a phase of stabilization that remains very fragile.”
Some optimism can be taken from the relative stability in youth unemployment for
a change but the over-50s unemployment reached an all-time high of
full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-05/france-unemployment-surges-16-year-high
Published time: December 04, 2013 00:29
Edited time: December 04, 2013 01:05
Pope Francis (AFP Photo / Andreas Solard)
Speculation has been raised that Pope Francis has been venturing out of the Vatican at night, disguised as a priest and meeting with the homeless in Rome.
In a recent interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who has headed up the centuries-old position of seeking out the poor handing out alms for the Catholic Church, Krajewski seemed to imply that Pope Francis has been joining him on his nightly trips into the city.