Is This Why Social Unrest In Europe Has Been Subdued (For Now)?

Tyler Durden's picture

When even the political elite are voicing concerns about the possible social implications of youth unemployment rates in Europe being so egregiously high, you know that there are problems. The question many have is that until now riots have been few and far between (most notably Sweden and Switzerland recently); so why are the main areas of massive unemployment not seeing the widespread chaos? The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is in government handouts but as Stratfor notes, time is running out for the benefit-beholden generation and perhaps the governments will finally see what so many have been fearful of.



Via Stratfor,

Greece, Spain and Portugal have the highest rates of unemployment in the eurozone, and all have relied heavily on unemployment benefits as a safety net for people who have lost their jobs. Of the three countries, Spain's unemployment system is the most generous. On average, Spain currently spends roughly 800 euros ($1,030) per inhabitant on these benefits (from 483 euros in 2007), while Greece spends some 330 euros (from 216 euros in 2007) and Portugal around 230 euros (from 182 euros in 2007).


The unemployment benefits system -- along with other social benefits such as pensions and increased remittance inflows from family members abroad, as well as aid from family members at home and, to some extent, informal economic activities -- is somewhat mitigating the social aspect of the European economic crisis.


However, these safety nets are limited.

Because of the pervasiveness of the crisis, long-term unemployment (people who have been out of work for a year or more) is growing in the EU periphery and currently affects almost half of the unemployed population of Greece, Spain and Portugal. This means that many people will likely lose their unemployment benefits before they find a new job. Rising unemployment is also leading to a shrinking tax base in these countries, giving central governments fewer economic resources to support a more expensive system of unemployment benefits.


With unemployment projected to remain well above its pre-crisis level in the medium term, questions over the sustainability of unemployment insurance will remain a key issue in the periphery of the eurozone.

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The Invisible Foot's picture

The tsunami of credit will soon dry up... 

knukles's picture

Why in God's name are those in charge of social programs successes or failures warning of their impending collapse?

Why not just go out and hang yourself in public?


On second thought, that just might be the start of a good solution...

asteroids's picture

Only people that need to hang are the banksters and their political puppets. There are people dying from hunger. We now have kids starving and stifing through garbage to find a meal. Fucking asshats.

ZerOhead's picture

Kindly don't forget the warmongering Neocons, the job offshoring and society destroying Neolibs, lawyers, lobbyists, all the other economists (excluding Taleb) and the Clinton's please...

WayBehind's picture

Repeat after me:

Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits > Print More fake money > Extend benefits >

ZerOhead's picture

Close... but you forgot to include the non-stop prayerfest for deliverance to the "In God" that the bankers place so much "We Trust" in....

Just sayin'...

jbvtme's picture

QE.  Unemployment benefits.  What's the dif?

de3de8's picture

When this whole thing finally blows up, ugly won't begin to describe the outcome.

Freddie's picture

Why not just go out and hang yourself in public?

Better yet - hang the European bankster families and EUSSR politicians in or by pubic. 

Marigold's picture

Well Bertie Ahern that one time grand Prime Minister of Ireland said that people who did not believe in the Celtic Tiger should commit suicide .

Offthebeach's picture

Once I was pond/lake fishing near sparking lot, docks, boat ramp landing. A water tanker type truck backed down the boat ramp and poured out a bunch of farm raised young trout, and the left. The young trout just stayed in a school, as they were raised, and didn't know what to do.
Caught a bunch.

Youths are state farmed raised.
They won't rise against their parent, the rich state.
All their ideas are implanted state ideas. Perfect lumpen drones. Fiat, sex, pot, Section 8, hump job and obamacare.
You have a better chance recruiting in a nursing home. Seriously.

CH1's picture

What you say is often true, Offhtebeach, but...

Humans are not fish. Even though we haven't seen much of it in a long time, humans do, occasionally, wake up and remember that they are, in fact, a higher order of being.

May it be soon.

Bawneee Fwank's picture

Let the fun begin already! 


Magnum's picture

DHS bought 7851 tanks to quell uprising on US soil.  Maybe the bureaucrats in Brussels don't yet have their ducks in a row.

knukles's picture

So maybe they're gonna get serious about gun control and invade the inner cities where the preponderance of violent crime takes place with illegal, unregistered guns?
Or am I missing something here?

Like the hidden agenda?

ZerOhead's picture

They will likely steer clear of the inner city urban jungles  and let them all sort it out for themselves... I mean like what would be the point? The 'bad guys' with the guns will be doing pretty much what the 'security forces' would have been doing anyway...

No... They will spend most of their resources fending of any insurrection or resistance to their own power and protect the perpetrators who highjacked our goverment and got us into this mess to begin with... oh... and try to enslave the rest of the world while they are at it.

The dream never dies you know...

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Tanks are no good in urban areas, too vulnerable, too immobile. Good for bombarding cities or using flame throwers, but no good actually going into narrow streets.

GrinandBearit's picture

So, I guess they're gonna blast the shit out of everyone who riots... that should work well.

otto skorzeny's picture

IL Nat Guard held training locally in small SW Chi suburb this weekend with choppers and flash bangs to "simulate urban warfare in Afghan"(according to local MSM newspaper) if you can believe that bullshit. They didn't want people to panic- that will come when the weapons have live rounds to quell the food riots.

Freddie's picture

They pulled this shit in Miami, Houston and another city.  Pretty impressive until people are firing back with real ammo particularly someone or a few someones with deer rifles who knows what they are doing.

otto skorzeny's picture

 I guess the trillions spent on the military precludes them from building urban combat simulation training centers. What a bunch of fucking fascists- and not the nationalist kind that have the country's best interest at heart- however deluded that might be.

WAMO556's picture

Most of these National guard units are NOT combat trained! The hardest thing most folks don't understand is WORKING in a chaotic lethal environment. Unless you have the training or operational experience to overcome (what I call "VAPORLOCK") a narrowed situational awareness, like getting objective focus, then gaining this experience is very costly.


The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:
when they're ready.
when you're not.

No OPLAN ever survives initial contact.

When you have secured the area, make sure the enemy knows it too, otherwise they might decide to come back.

Artillery fire has the right of way.

No inspection ready unit has ever passed combat.

If the enemy is within range, so are you.

Just a few common sense observations.

I'll add one of my own:

Your super-clean, functions only on perfect ammo, target rifle, wont work in combat!

otto skorzeny's picture

Explain why this is done in the middle of a heavily populated suburban area that bears no resemblance at all to ME shithole combat areas that we are currently fought to a standstill in? And the last I checked Nat Guard units are deployed extensively in current combat theatres. Also my AK has 10s of  thousands of rounds through it w/ the shittiest ammo I can buy w/ no misfires after infrequent cleanings-thanks for asking.

decon's picture

I'll add a couple of our Arizona sayings;

The primary use of a side arm is to fight your way to the nearest rifle.

Whiskey's for drinking and water's for fighting.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

The UK has such facilities I'm sure the US has them too. Maybe this is a circus to show the people what the consequences of rioting might be.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

So how are these guys going to hide from the Drones? Control the air control the battlefield. Just saying.

lordbyroniv's picture

Dont you know that you can count me out..................................


IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Charles Wilson's picture

I know!  Let's go on a bloodthirsty rampage of Government mandated consumption that will use up all of our resources world wide before the next generation has a chance to have something to eat!

They're not that hungry now anyway.

I mean,how hard is it?  We can grow things and produce stuff or give out plastic cards with magnetic strips on the back that will let us buy anything!

Power shortages?  Just put in some more electrical sockets.  SIMPLE!!

Raynja's picture

give me a break, everyone knows china will keep producing garbage to exchange for our conuterfeit fiath to exchange for our gold until our gold runs out.... oh shit

Mr. Saxby's picture

As long as the teevee stays on and the hopium keeps flowing, their will be no riots in the US.

andrewp111's picture

Hopium is the only thing keeping the lid on US cities. The Hopium stops at noon on Jan 20 2017. It cannot be renewed or replaced. After that time, be afraid. Very afraid.

e-recep's picture

when was the last time the caucasian americans rioted? 1773?

MassOpiate's picture

Spot on.

Keep the booze, ball games, and celebrity dancing shows running and all will be well . . .

joego1's picture

Why not just print more?

JackT's picture

Who says they aren't?

ponzisaurus's picture

Certified low hypothication copper certificates of course. (CLHCCs)

snr-moment's picture

Man, I hope someone is keeping a truly archivable record of all of this.  This is gonna be epic.


Thank you Mr. Marx

ZH11's picture

Political economy regards the a horse, he must receive enough to enable him to work. It does not consider him, during the time when he is not working, as a human being. It leaves this to criminal law, doctors, religion, statistical tables, politics. and the beedle.

DeliciousSteak's picture

Meh. Even when/if they lose unemployment benefits they'll still be able to get free food (and probably some sort of "humane living standard" guarantee from the state) People won't get violent as long as they know they have a meal waiting. It's a democracy after all, they had their say in the booth. A few molotovs, some "invasions" of public spaces etc. is probably the worst it's going to get.

otto skorzeny's picture

a tiny spark starts the most massive of forest fires.

Luxy's picture

1 Corinthians 13:13; And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


If we want to win some to our side on the way down, to save a few, I pray all good members of this forum are practicing this in their community. Its what seperates TPTB from us. They have no love but for Mammon. 

Cultural Capital's picture

There is a reason why we went off the gold standard, so that programs like these can be extended foreva. :D

GreatUncle's picture

1. Yep as to why the gold standard was dumped. Would make it very easy to observe the financial manipulations against a fixed standard.

2. Forever? Nope, clock is ticking and they know it. All the monetary manipulations are rapidly devaluing away and value the bottom half of the population owns. When there are enough in that group governments get deposed and wiped out.

3. On point 1. and they are really screwed the financial manipulations increased the end asset value and the problem they have now is how do they prevent the end values and their own worth collapsing in the process. Ha, ha if that goes people like Obama and may others are skint also.

At the moment the new outlet of exchange currency seems to be to move into stocks as security although being another overvalued piece of paper think it ends the same.

geekgrrl's picture

It's all so sad. Robbing the children's future to stave off the inevitable correction and re-balancing of power that is inevitable? It's just as sad the other way, when people are completely cut off from any social safety net, the preferred method in the US.

I say this with a heavy heart as an acquaintance of mine lost his job last year, has fallen on hard times, exhausted his benefits, has recently taken to giving away his possessions and in a phone call this afternoon, confirmed my suspicions he is about to take his own life. I tried to talk him out of it, of course, but I doubt it did any good. He is in despair.

This is what the world has come to. A few have more wealth than they could possibly spend in many lifetimes, while so many others face bankruptcy, homelessness, starvation, disease, and death. This is not going to end well.

Prince Eugene of Savoy's picture

Other than prepping supplies, possessions are not essential to survival. In fact they are usually distractions from what is really important. If he is responsive, then direct him to Ann Barnhadt to learn about her situation. She has lost probably hundreds over what your friend has lost. How does she cope?

ponzisaurus's picture

Get in his face.  Tell him the truth.  Hes a coward.  He can go down to the mission and live for free.  He can get a job at taco bell.  He can own a cat.  He can read in the library.  He has 100x more opportunity than in the third world.  You going to put up with his drama?  Shit tell him you will bring a gun over if hes that much of a coward.  This is fight club.  You ARE  NOT what YOU own!