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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 23/09/2015

Exodus to Europe: A warm welcome is not enough

The OECD presented its latest migration reports in Paris on Tuesday. The liberal conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: "The OECD writes that experience has shown that refugees 'can be' valuable contributors to economic growth in host countries. However, this requires measures that cost a lot of money in the short term and can take up to fifteen years to bear fruits even in individual successful cases. Giving migrants a warm welcome is by no means enough. This is underscored by the bitter reality that migrants continue to be very disadvantaged on the labour markets of many OECD countries, and are more likely to lack adequate education than the natives of those countries and to end up in poverty as a result. In many cases, as in France, this is the consequence of very limited access to the job market, which is justified with social arguments but actually has the opposite of the intended effect and leads to migrants and their children being marginalised and confined to ghettos."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 29/04/2013

Just a brief truce

Enrico Letta's grand coalition is not the proof of reconciliation it is being sold as and won't last very long, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung believes: "It's still possible that after the stalemate in the February elections the political parties have only agreed on a truce to have time to arm themselves for fresh elections, possibly as soon as this autumn. A stringent government programme that is crucial for a creating a stable coalition government has yet to be worked out. And perhaps the new government has so many younger and female members simply because the different camps weren't really committed to it. ... The fact that the Economic and Finance Ministries as well as the Ministry of Justice have been given to long-serving technocrats rather than politicians points to this government being less normal than Napolitano would have us believe."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 18/05/2011

Milanese humilliate Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi and his party Popolo della Libertá have suffered a major election defeat in the Milan local elections. This is deeply humiliating for Italy's prime minister, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, as he had declared the election a test of public sentiment towards his government: "He had desperately hoped that he would at least win in his home town and give the lie to his persistently dismal performance in national opinion polls. ... The Milanese, whose city has often pointed the way in Italian politics, made it clear that they too have had enough of a head of government who is preoccupied only with his own interests instead of addressing the everyday worries of his citizens, and who has badly tarnished the international credibility of his country with his endless legal battles and scandals."   

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 14/02/2011

Women sick of Berlusconi

More than 100,000 women took to the streets in Italian cities across the country to demonstrate against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. His star is on the wane, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung concludes: "The demonstrators, including many men who joined the protests, demanded the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Berlusconi. ... Representatives of the government, like Education Minister Gelmini, tried to write off the demonstration as a 'radical chic' event. The leader of the Partito Democratico, Anna Finocchiaro, retorted that the demonstrations of the people and citizens on Sunday were real. Indeed, according to the most recent opinion polls Berlusconi's popularity appears to have taken a beating while the demonstrations of the government against the judges failed to draw much interest."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 21/01/2010

Italy promotes adult children who live with parents

A court has sentenced a craftsman in the Italian city of Bergamo to continue paying maintenance to his 32-year-old daughter, who has exceeded the prescribed period of study at university by eight years. Italy nurtures the "Bamboccioni", the children who stay living at home well into their adulthood, the daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung criticises: "Italy's society is still heavily influenced by patriarchal familyism. The state social expenditure is mostly geared towards families. You need good connections to get a solid job, and it's usually the parents who have them. Family enterprises, which the area between the Alps and Etna is teeming with, receive strong support from the state both in terms of taxes and labour laws, with protection against dismissal only valid for companies with more than 15 employees. Young adults striving for independence therefore mostly have to either make do with poorly paid temporary jobs or immigrate."

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