European nations compelled to confront unemployment worries

In an e-mail newsletter, Deutschewelle suggests that unemployment worries lay behind the French defeat for the EU constitution, among other things…

“More and more the French are afraid of losing their jobs in a globalised economy and falling prey to capitalism the Anglo-American way. In Germany, unemployment was by far the most important issue for voters in the country’s most industrialised state of North Rhine-Westphalia. There Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s Social Democrats suffered a devastating defeat to the opposition Christian Democrats two weeks ago. The fall of the traditional Social Democrat stronghold, where for the first time ever more than one million people are unemployed, prompted Schroeder to call for federal elections in September – one year earlier than scheduled.”

So apparently in some parts of the world, people hold government responsible for destroying their livelihoods through economic mismanagement.

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