(gegen die Rentenschwindler)
First aspect: the pension burden on young European people
In Germany there are today around only 3 million people on the dole. If you travelled to Germany in 2012 you might have noticed the government proudly advertising this number.
With the current German demographics situation, save the retirement age changes and immigration explodes, one can already say that in the next decade that there will be 4 million people less on the German job market.
That could sound like good news for people like me on the German job market: time to ask for a pay rise.
Another key estimate is the increase of pensioners. It is estimate that the next decade will see 7 million additional people benefiting from a German pension.
Second aspect: the un-channeled anger of young south Europeans
Does history repeat itself?
This could be a question I develop in the future, or do you have your own take on this?
„Für mein Plan hat diese Frage gar keine Bedeutung!“
When I read „les grands cimetièrs sous la lune“ de Georges Bernanos I could find some familiar patterns in our current mirror.
Georges Bernanos was a journalist and historian who fought the first world war. When Georges felt in the thirties that a second world war was in the pipeline he thought „let it be“ and went to finish a happy life in Brazil.
So went Georges’ theory that back in those days some people managed to channelise youth anger. Europe in the 30’s are vivid illustrations of this theory.
If I play fast forward to 2012, I see half of Spain youngsters on the dole, angry at the current European status quo. I have a similar picture developing in France. I cannot talk about Greece and Italy because honestly I am not quite sure what’s going on there.
On one side I have an economic set-up that in my view cannot survive: the current European pension scheme burdens the debts and the tax payers.
On the other side I have young south Europeans struggling to get a job but in any case burdened by an ageing Europe.
Interestingly in Europe the voting power of the pensioners grows while the voting power of the actives decreases. This risks preventing introducing the necessary reforms in European pension schemes.
In Spain the above phenomena are exacerbated by the emigration of young educated people to Germany and other dynamic economic regions.
As the politics in Europe don’t seem to have a plan for the young I am starting to be afraid that other people will have a plan for them, that other people will channelise their anger and dereliction.
This is why I would like to propose my plan.
Mein satirisch Plan
In the above I have demonstrated why we need to get the pension burden out of the complex European political climate. With simple maths it appears that Europe cannot go on with the current pension schemes forever. My urgent advice is that European politics design a scheme that can survive in the long term, for example by giving young European the right to opt-out of pension scheme. Yes, my plan is to get out of the pension mascaraed. If legitimate European governments don’t give a viable alternative, I am afraid that someone will come up with a Machiavellian plan to remove pensioners out of the equation. If our parents let this happen, I might as well just follow Georges in Brazil!
(gegen die Rentenschwindler)