Immigration, Myths and the Irresponsibility of Europe

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:34

ROME, Jun (IPS) - With little fanfare, the German IFO Institute for Economic Research recently published a report on population projections for Germany which states simply that the country's population is shrinking fast.

The country has lost 1.5 million inhabitants since the last census in 2011 and it is estimated that it will have fallen from the 82.5 million in 2003 to 66 million in 2060, when Great Britain (if it still exists as such), will be the most populated country in Europe.

Pillar of Neoliberal Thinking is Vacillating

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:05

ROME, Apr 20 2015 (IPS) - This month’s World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) only confirms that consequences of the collapse of the financial system, which started six years ago, are serious. And they are accentuated by the aging of the population, not only in Europe but also in Asia, the slowing of productivity and weak private investment.

On the way to the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development

Submitted by Roberto Bissio on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 13:41

The sovereign debt of today, particularly in developed countries that are highly indebted, is the results of the irresponsible indebtedness of the private sector that was bailed out with public monies,  Roberto Bissio, Social Watch Coordinator, First preparatory session of the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development, January 28, 2015.

Source: Social Watch


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am Roberto Bissio, coordinator of Social Watch.

Europe has lost its compass

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:07

Rome Dec 13, 2014 - The Swedish Social Democrat government, which took office only two months ago, has just resigned. The far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats sided with the four-party centre-right opposition alliance, and new elections will be held in March next year.

In Europe, Sweden has been the symbol of civic-mindedness and democracy - the place where those escaping dictatorship and hunger could find refuge; the country without corruption, where social justice was a national value.

The suicide of Europe

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:57

The fact that in a referendum Switzerland has taken a path that is opposite that of Europe is an unusual fact which calls for reflection, especially because Switzerland has taken a much more progressive path, while we all were accustomed to see it as a very conservative country.

The decline of social Europe is part of the world trend

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:57

After the Italian sea search-and-rescue operation Mare Nostrum at a cost of nine million euros a month, through which the Italian Navy has rescued nearly 100,000 migrants – although perhaps up to 3,000 have died – from the Mediterranean since October 2013, Europe is now presenting its new face in the Mediterranean.

The future of the planet and the irresponsibility of Governments

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:14

The author argues that governments are unwilling to take steps to do something concrete to halt climate change because of their incestuous relations with energy corporations and because they are unable - or unwilling - to see beyond their immediate existence.

ROME, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Less than a week after everybody celebrated the historical agreement on Nov. 17 between the United States and China on reduction of CO2 emissions, a very cold shower has come from India.