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European Union unemployment in & outside of the Eurozone – top 5 lowest in the zone


Just been reading an article in der Standand which has a little bit of good news for Austria, bad news for the Eurozone, and highlighting that those EU members – including the UK – outside the Euro aren’t exactly doing better when it comes to unemployment rates.

The good news for Austria is that not only did it still have the lowest unemployment of all 27 EU member states in September; it also had the lowest rate of youth unemployment after the figure fell to 7.5%.

Overall the Eurozone unemployment rate hit a new high, but before the usual voices in the UK start talking about how this proves they are so much better off, it’s worth noting that the top 5 for lowest unemployment are all Eurozone countries. The UK figure looks reasonable in comparison to many others inside and outside the Eurozone but it’s not exactly a spectacular success. Oh yes and let’s remember before the shout goes out that a UK exit from the EU would open up greater options in the ‘world market’, that the likes of Austria & Germany succeed in those markets as well as (like the UK) gaining form the single European market.

The unemployment figures below are taken from der Standard article.

Eurozone Member Unemployment Rate

Sept 2012

Outside Eurozone
Austria 4.4%  
Luxembourg 5.2%  
Germany 5.4%  
Netherlands 5.4%  
Malta 6.4%  
  6.8% Czech Republic
  7.1% Romania
Belgium 7.4%  
  7.8% Sweden
Finland 7.9%  
  7.9% UK
  8.1% Denmark
Slovenia 8.4%  
Estonia 10.0%  
  10.1% Poland
  10.6% Hungary
France 10.8%  
Italy 10.8%  
Cyprus 12.2%  
  12.4% Bulgaria
  13.9% Lithuania
Slovakia 13.9%  
Ireland 15.1%  
Portugal 15.7%  
  15.9% Latvia
Greece 25.1%  
Spain 25.8%  

 

 

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Sons and daughters for Austria?


ÖVP leader Michael Spindelegger is reported in today’s der Standard as being open to a change in the Austrian national anthem to include reference to ‘daughters’ as well as ‘sons’.

http://derstandard.at/1308681080814/OeVP-Spindelegger-offen-fuer-Toechter-in-der-Bundeshymne

See http://wp.me/p1crq5-jS for earlier story.

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Students call for tuition fees!


Given all the debate in Britain about tuition fees I was interested to read that one group of students here in Austria were calling for their introduction.

Last week the Young Liberals gained seats in the Student Parliament on a platform that included the introduction of tuition fees. If I’ve got this right, they argue that the (right progressive) system (with loans) is more socially just than free education as the latter is funded by the general population most of whom does not go into higher education. Again if I’ve got this right, they also argue that it would increase opportunities for entry into higher education and give universities more freedom.

One day my German lessons may finally pay-off and I will be able to get a fuller picture of life here in Austria. In the meantime I will just have to struggle on with Google translate, secondary English language sources, and the few little grey cells I have left.

For those with a better understanding of German I include the link to the interview with Claudia Gamon the leader of the Young Liberals from der Standard:

http://derstandard.at/1304553050130/Wir-wuenschen-uns-eine-liberale-Partei-im-Nationalrat

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