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Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross

Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross:

"Many from the middle class have spiralled down to poverty. The amount of people depending on Red Cross food distributions in 22 of the surveyed countries has increased by 75% between 2009 and 2012. More people are getting poor, the poor are getting poorer."

Sad thing is that many will read that and blame the Red Cross handouts for creating poverty and dependance. 

Austerity isn’t working. 

Euro-Babies on the Rise

European women are still waiting longer to have children, but they're having them at the same rate that they did a generation ago. In short, the initial period in the 1970s and 1980s when women waited to have children left a data set that might be more of a hiccup than a permanent population change.

The briefing is quick to knock down the theory that immigration is the primary driver of Europe's recovering fertility rates.

If we look at age-specific trends, we can see that the fertility decline at younger maternal ages has stabilized, while at later ages, fertility is increasing. Couples are having about the same number of children as couples 30 years ago, but at a later age.


From Freakonomics >> Don't Call it a Comeback: Euro-Babies on the Rise

Another western culture is doomed myth that should be seen as disproved which will likely become a zombie myth that plods on without evidence,