Saturday 22nd of June 2024

popular like a dog turd on a public bench....

French President Emmanuel Macron has stood by his controversial pension reform in his first public remarks since pushing the measure through without the approval of lawmakers. He said the move, which has deepened ongoing unrest in the country, had been postponed for way too long by his predecessors.

Macron was adamant about the decision to increase the retirement age in France from 62 to 64 during a televised interview on Wednesday, insisting the only mistake he had made was “failing to convince people” of its merits.

“When I started working, there were ten million retirees; today there are 17 million, and by 2030 there will be 20 million,” he said. “Do you really think we can continue with the same rules?”

The president criticized his predecessors, saying he “could sweep the dust under the rug like many before,” but instead had opted to take the heat for the long-overdue changes.

“Do you think I enjoy doing this reform? No,” Macron said. “But there are not a hundred ways to balance the accounts ... This reform is not a luxury or a pleasure, it’s a necessity for the country.”

If I have to shoulder unpopularity today, I shoulder it.

Macron also brushed off his opponents’ accusations of being “undemocratic” by pushing through the divisive legislation without full parliamentary approval, invoking Article 49.3 of France’s constitution.

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/573431-unpopular-macron-pension-reform/

 

 

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germany too....

Strikes have led to hundreds of flights to and from four German airports being canceled. The walkouts are part of a wider scenario of industrial action called by the public sector union Verdi.

 

READ MORE:

https://consortiumnews.com/2023/03/23/german-public-sector-workers-continue-strikes/

 

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https://scheerpost.com/2023/03/24/private-opulence-and-public-squalor-in-the-us/

 

 

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