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In order to avoid a demographic “death trap” Western Europe must implement new and fair policies for both present and future generations.

The principle of ‘intergenerational justice’ implies that young people should be treated fairly in comparison with older citizens. As Craig J. Willy notes, however, large debt burdens, unsustainable economic practices, and the electoral effects of ageing populations present a challenge in ensuring fairness for young Europeans. He argues that while some policies, such as compulsory voting, or providing ‘extra’ votes to parents (Demeny voting), might improve the representation of young people, policy experimentation across Europe is likely to be the key in avoiding a demographic ‘death trap’.

A recent study on “Intergenerational Justice in Aging Societies” by the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Sustainable Governance Indicators project shows a number of alarming developments. Today’s young people are saddled with a large debt burden, unsustainable economic practices, relative underinvestment in social programmes, and poverty. (...)

In Europe, ‘gerontocracy’ has taken the form of a particular disdain for the problem of youth unemployment. This was especially visible at the latest European summit in which leaders pledged before a skeptical European press €6 billion to create youth jobs. That may seem like a lot, but it makes up less than 0.05 per cent of EU GDP, a sum completely marginal given the scale of the problem. By contrast, President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package for a comparable-sized economy (which admittedly went beyond youth), was worth $831 billion. (...)

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/0...nerations/

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Quote:In order to avoid a demographic “death trap” Western Europe must implement new and fair policies for both present and future generations.
Or, maybe, increase the birth rate to a level where Europe's population is able to atleast replace itself, if not grow naturally. Higher birthrates is an option that is never presented - just higher taxes on us, or benefit cuts for rich pensioners.

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2015 Mar 10 16:26
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