Social care is bearing the brunt of council cuts, by Simon Duffy

February 4, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN THE GUARDIAN) Statistical manipulation disguises the fact that disabled people are being hit the hardest by cuts to benefits and services. Simon Duffy *.- One of the extraordinary features of the cuts programme has been the fate of social care. At the same time as announcing the deepest cuts in public expenditure since […]

Ecuador takes Spain’s mortgage law to European Court of Human Rights

January 28, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN EL PAÍS) Public defender calls on Strasbourg to alter Civil Procedure Law on evictions. Ecuador has presented a suit against Spain at the European Court of Human Rights over the Iberian nation’s eviction legislation. Ramiro Rivadeneira, the Ecuadorian public defender, on Tuesday morning told a press conference in Madrid that Spain was “violating […]

The Hungarian party FIDESZ wants to cut drastically the subventioned university places

January 25, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN THE EUROPEAN LEFT PARTY) The Hungarian government party FIDESZ wants to drastically cut the number of the high school and university places subventioned by the state, which means the introduction of full tuition fees for the large majority of the students. This measure will increase inequalities regarding education and aggravate the gap between […]

Posted in: Budget cuts, Education

Demonstration in Brussels against social dumping

January 24, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN EUROPOLITICS) Several thousand European workers from the building, transport and agri-food industries took to the streets in Brussels, on 23 January, to denounce social dumping and exploitation of posted workers. They demanded better protection for workers sent to a member state other than the state in which they usually work for a limited […]

Emigration in Portugal up 85 percent

January 23, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN CORREIO DA MANHÃ) The number of people leaving Portugal rose 85% in 2011, to some 44,000 compared with 2010, with the group most affected being those aged 25 and 29.   Data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) relating to annual estimates of emigration point to 43,998 Portuguese and foreign nationals having moved […]

Spain Drains Fund Backing Pensions

January 21, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL) Spain has been quietly tapping the country’s richest piggy bank, the Social Security Reserve Fund, as a buyer of last resort for Spanish government bonds, raising questions about the fund’s role as guarantor of future pension payouts. Now the scarcely noticed borrowing spree, carried out amid a prolonged economic […]

Posted in: Retirement pensions

Crisis sends French new poor flocking to food banks

January 21, 2013



(PUBLISHED IN EXPATICA) The world financial crisis is forcing more and more once relatively comfortable French workers to seek out charity food banks and soup kitchens to get a free hot meal. PARIS – “It’s tough to come here, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it,” said one man, a former manager in […]

Posted in: Families, Hungry persons