Plenary discussion with a group of young Scientists

Wednesday, 16. October 2013 | 14:00 Uhr


Young Scientists from France, Greece, Sweden and Switzerland 


What do 30 young, committed students from Greece, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland expect from a welfare state? What should it look like? The answers to this question were developed in a summer camp preceding the conference and presented in a sophisticated video presentation.
Sweden experienced its crisis at the beginning of the 1990s and has since recuperated. The country drastically reduced its spending. Although social expenditures were reduced to below 10% of annual gross domestic product, people are better off today.
Greece, on the other hand, is in the midst of the crisis. The students talked about restrictions that they are personally experiencing. For example, large families used to receive bi-monthly support payments in the amount of 300 Euros. These were cut without substitute. Physicians are completely underpaid, people no longer have money to pay for medical services. The unemployment rate stands at 46% and is significantly higher among the young. Today, students don’t know if they will ever find a job after graduation.
The young also worry about the increasing aging of the population: “Their economic and financial power could overrule the voice of the young on issues that significantly affect their future.”
During the subsequent question and answer session, the visitors wanted to know why the young people are not angry at the elderly for using up their money? Could it be that they are not giving their retirement enough thought? You can find the young scientists’ answers in the video and in the presentations.Gedanken über ihre Rente? Die Antworten der jungen Wissenschaften finden Sie im Video und in den Präsentationen.

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