OF COURSE, SOCIALISM IS THE FUTURE BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR EVERYBODY TO LIVE IN A SELFISH SOCIETY.
Record unemployment levels in Eurozone
According to Eurostat, about 19mln people were officially registered as unemployed in the Eurozone in November 2012. In the whole of the EU, which unites 27 countries, over 26mln people were registered as unemployed in November.
Many analysts do not believe that the unemployment situation will improve this year. This could result in a social explosion in Europe. Well-known French journalist and expert in economic issues Eric Le Boucher is speaking:
“In 2013, Europe will be the only continent to remain in recession. This region of the world is hardest hit by unemployment and the situation is not likely to improve. In Southern Europe, social security systems have no more means of providing elementary protection. We can see this in Greece where the social situation is critical. At the same time, in Germany the unemployment level is only 5.4% and in Austria 4.5%. Europe is dangerously hit in two unequal parts.”
Independent experts point out that the employment situation has especially deteriorated in the European Currency Club member-states that have to carry out an austerity policy in exchange for their partners’ assistance. Thus, in Greece the number of unemployed people grew by over 7% last year. This stands in sharp contrast with such countries as Germany, the Netherlands or Luxembourg where unemployment does not exceed 6%. A critical situation with employment has also formed in Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania where every seventh able-bodied citizen is unemployed. Laszlo Andor, European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, is speaking:
The European Commission is raising the alarm in connection with the growing gap between Central European countries and countries on the outskirts of the EU. Giving journalists a report about social development, Laszlo Andor announced that the economic crisis has brought to naught all progress made in the employment field.
The European commissioner believes that young Europeans, unemployed women and single mothers in the south and the east of the EU are in the worst situation. Every fifth family in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Cyprus and Latvia are facing serious financial problems today. On the contrary, family incomes over the crisis period have grown in the Scandinavian countries, Germany, France and Poland that have strong social security systems and stable labour markets.
European Commissioner Andor says that to improve the situation, the EU as a whole and the Eurozone in particular should carry out a more integrated social policy, invest in the employment field, expand the facilities for retraining the unemployed and develop the system of improving the professional skills of the unemployed.
I'm frankly indifferent to the "issue". It's not a magic bullet--all the issues of LGBT civil rights are gonna have to be fought out anyway--and I suspect gay marriage may represent a desperation initiative to shore up the dying instituition itself.
In America most marriages, over 50%, fail. That's been so for at least ten years (the Censdus Bureau covered it up for a long time. Of those that "succeed". guess how many are the stereotyped "Ozzie & Harriett" model (couple, married only once to each other, with X number of kids with each other, living in a single nuclear-unit home) ? A whole big 4%!
IOW, marriage as "traditionally" conceived is headed for the ash heap of history anyway.
Not real sure why gays wanna fool with it.