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I'm beggining to sound like a broken record but is there something with German media that prevents them from making qualified claims?

In Greece a third of people under 25 is unemployed while early retirees draw opulent pensions.

I submit that before the austerity onslaught the average pension in general in Greece (never mind the significantly reduced early retirement pensions) was under 8000 Euros per annum and that only 15% of retirees of any sort made over 15.000 Euros. There is no way that one can thus significantly talk of opulent pensions as the stumbling block to youth employment.

Where do they get their numbers? Is there a Bild statistics RSS feed that every serious publication Germany must use?

And don't you love it how conveniently the reason for high unemployment is not enough labor flexibility? Having a decent pay and not being at the mercy of managerial socipaths, is a "privilege".... You must either be destitute and unemployed or poor and working, these are the available options in Spain it seems...

And that's Spiegel mind you, in the act of debunking even more preposterous negative stereotypes in German political disourse, hardly the worse one can do.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 06:17:44 PM EST
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