Tag Archives: France

Recent articles in Foreign Policy magazine

Selected Foreign Policy clips:

Print Magazine:

Undocumented And On Patrol In Texas

The Elephant in the Comedy Club

Why Do Some Countries Get Away With Taking Fewer Refugees?

Can Stories About Food Upend Familiar Narratives of War?

As Environmental Catastrophe Looms, Is it Ethical to Have Children?


Even Critics Of Rwanda’s Government Are Helping Paul Kagame Stay In Power

Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump’s Loose Lips

Trump May End Up Killing DACA After All

Dial One If Your Neighbor’s Gardener Looks Mexican

At DHS, Kelly Toed The Trump Line

Immigration Bill Would Ramp Up Mass Surveillance At The Border

Texas Cities Caught In The Crossfire Of Sanctuary Fight

Laptop Ban May Be Expanded To Flights From Europe

Iraqi Christian Veteran Fears Deportation After Serving Prison Sentence

Trump Seeks to Limit Foreign Workers With New Executive Order

Heightened Scrutiny of Iranians Shows Trump Administration ‘Extreme Vetting’ in Action

Trump’s Border Surge Set to Collide With Overloaded Courts

Cracking the Cyprus Code

For Iraqi Military Interpreters, Trump Travel Ban Chaos Is ‘Life and Death’

White House Defies Courts as Chaos, Protests, and Lawsuits Erupt Over Immigration Ban

Trump’s Refugee Ban Has Ripple Effects Even Before It’s Issued

Italy’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stabilize Libya

U.N. Braces for a Potentially Massive Exodus from Mosul

The EU Moves to Counter Russian Disinformation Campaign

The Cable:

Roma Fleeing the E.U.’s ‘Broken Promises’ Seek Asylum in the U.S.

The Other Dispute on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Final Selection Process For Border Wall Kicks Off

Justice Department Moves to Revoke U.S. Citizenship From Man Convicted in 2003 Terror Plot

Europe Has a New Defender in Italy

Can Italy’s Outsiders Govern Like Insiders? A Tale of Two Five Star Mayors

Undocumented Immigrants Tense on Inauguration Day, But Ready to Resist

A Right-wing Politician Says Germany Should Stop Atoning For Nazi History, And Outrage Ensues

French Socialist Candidates Unveil Last-Chance Platforms Ahead of Primary

New Russian-Language Channel Seeks to Counter Kremlin Spin

On EU Trade, Brexiteers to The Rescue!

The Last Days of The Soviet Union

America Actually Likes Immigrants and a Global Role, Survey Finds

With Populists Poised to Quash Italian Referendum, Renzi Takes a Page From Trump’s Playbook

On This Day In History the World Watched the Berlin Wall Crumble. Now Will They See Donald Trump’s Wall Rise?

Batali, Armani and Sorrentino: The Italian Style of Obama’s Last State Dinner

Rome’s Anti-establishment Mayor Drops Bid to Host Olympics “Nightmare”

Despite Bombings, Advocates Still Hope for More Visas for Afghan Interpreters

Hungary Wants Foreign Workers, So Long as They Aren’t Syrian Refugees

Youth Unemployment: What’s Everyone Been Up to?

Just one more extra post related to the Youth Unemployment summit post of yesterday. For anyone wondering what EU countries had been doing to boost employment before the summit, I came across this article from The Guardian that explains each country’s initiatives and policy changes quite nicely. It also illustrates the problem I see with all the governments pushing their own specific plans. Sure, things have to be tailored to the specific situation of each country, but perhaps there could be a little more coordination here?

To summarize:

France: A subsidized program called Jobs For the Future was created. Low-skilled people between 16 and 25 from areas badly hit by unemployment will be placed in 3-year contract jobs in the public and non-commercial sector. The government will pay 75% of their wages. It’ll be interesting to see if those employees are retained afterwards and if their skills are transferrable. Seems strange for the government to pay you to work in another company, but that’s the way it works in Europe!

Spain: Instead of targeting youth unemployment specifically (though it has the highest figures on that count) the government has tacked to helping companies do business with less restrictions, which is intended to stimulate the labor market. To this end, it has dismantled some “worker protections” to help allow companies to fire and hire with less difficulties, and it also plans to allow small companies to defer VAT payments and tap government credit lines to create jobs. This seems like the kind of (admittedly sometimes painful) changes needed throughout the Eurozone as a whole, but dismantling labor protection can’t be taken too far yet or it’ll risk a backlash. Also, with such high youth unemployment rates, couldn’t they spare a bit to invest in something proactive, like employer-training programs for those who have been struggling or a startup fund?

Italy: According to the article, it seems that Italy is mainly throwing money at the problem. A €1.5bn package will give tax breaks to employers who hire under-30s and “included measures to stimulate training, apprenticeship and internship schemes” mainly in the South. Sounds awfully vague to me. Who is going to keep track of all that money exactly? We all know where the money sent to combat issues in the South ended up in the past…

Germany: Oh shining Germany – they’re doing just fine on the youth unemployment front for now, thank you very much, but hey, they’ll lend everyone else a helping hand with another summit!

EU: The EU will throw more money to the struggling countries with some vague directions, and “the European Investment Bank will borrow on the markets to increase lending to small businesses in an attempt to bypass the credit crunch and encourage the hiring of school-leavers.”