Right Wing Strong On Europe Fears Ahead Of Austria Poll
In many countries, they are also the most under-privileged. A survey last year by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency found that 1 in 3 is unemployed, 20 percent have no health insurance and 90 percent live in poverty. “Many face prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion in their daily lives, the report said. They are marginalized and mostly live in extremely poor socio-economic conditions. Whether in grim housing projects surrounding the cities of central Europe, isolated villages in the Balkans, shanties of cardboard and corrugated iron under Roman overpasses or shabby trailer parks around Paris, many of Europe’s Roma live at levels of poverty associated with developing countries. Recent EU surveys have shown just 44 percent of Roma have completed primary education, a third have never visited a dentist, and that just 2.7 percent are older than 65, compared to 17 percent of all EU citizens. EU headquarters has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for the Roma and tasked the bloc’s member countries to set up “integration strategies” designed to improve education, employment, health care and housing. But the European Commission complains governments are failing to meet targets or fully use available funding. “In general, the socio-economic situation of the Roma in the past years has not been improving,”says Dezideriu Gergely, executive director of the European Roma Rights Center, also based in Budapest. “On the contrary, you can say that it has been deteriorating, so the gap between the Roma and the non-Roma is getting even higher. That means the divisions are much more clear.” Rather than help, campaigners say local officials often exacerbate problems and heighten divisions between Roma and their neighbors. The authorities in Kosice have said they would dismantle the wall there to comply with demands from the EU, but Slovakia’s second city is just one of 13 municipalities across the country that have thrown up such barriers around Roma communities in recent years.
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Credit: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader By Georgina Prodhan VIENNA | Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:51am EDT VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) appears likely to raise its share of the vote in Sunday elections, drawing on fears over bailouts for needier euro zone countries and the cost of supporting asylum seekers. Social Democrat Chancellor Werner Faymann’s government coalition may well survive, but opinion poll trends suggest the FPO could overtake his conservative junior partner, the People’s Party. Austria’s overall prosperity at a time of hardship in Europe has done little to dampen historic unease at immigration. “Love thy neighbor. For me, this means our Austrians,” urges FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache in campaign posters. The party promises to raise pensions and set a minimum wage and warns of asylum-seekers “leading Austrians around by the nose”. Some voters unhappy with establishment parties are attracted to the fourth-placed Greens or a new rival eurosceptic party formed by the Austro-Canadian founder of Magna International, Frank Stronach, which eschews the FPO’s anti-foreigner and anti-Islam stance. But the FPO remains the most popular anti-establishment party, scoring 21 percent in an opinion poll published on Monday, two points behind the People’s Party (OVP) and up from 18 percent in 2008. “I am the only one who wants to break up and change this red-black system,” Strache told Reuters in an interview last week, referring to the ruling coalition. Austria received 17,400 asylum claims in 2012, a 21 percent increase over the previous year compared with an 8 percent average increase for industrialized countries. The highest numbers came from Afghanistan and Russia – mostly Chechnya.
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The Japanese investment bank has based its view on five industry-specific indicators which all point to a recovery for European companies next year. New light vehicle registrations, Frankfurt airport cargo volumes and the European hotel occupancy rate have all been taken into account, along with global crude steel production and oil and gas rotary rig count. Analysis of these five indicators gives the bank reason for optimism. (Read More: European equities looking cheap as recession eases ) Nomura argues that light vehicle registrations, compiled by European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, offer the best clues on the outlook for the manufacturing industry (see graph below). With over 70 percent of freight in Europe carried by trucks and light commercial vehicles, any pickup or drop-off in activity in the region is immediately borne out in this data, it said. The graph shows that the overall relationship with European corporate EPS (earnings per share) estimates is generally solid and Nomura sees the data “bottoming-out” and an upward trend appearing. Nomura has a “high conviction” that we’ll start to see this a turnaround in the second half of 2013. Is the equity market lagging the economy? Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank and Michael Browne, fund manager at Martin Currie, have a heated debate over whether there’s a genuine recovery in Europe and it’s time to buy equities. It forecasts earnings growth of 14 percent for 2014 and 2 percent growth for 2013.. This new forecast comes at a time when the euro zone continues to show promising signs of “green shoots”. Markit’s flash purchasing managers’ index (PMI), measuring business activity in the euro zone, grew faster than forecast in September and has boosted hopes for the region’s economic recovery. (Read More: Surge in Europe Equity Flows Has Some Worried ) Michael Browne, fund manager at Martin Currie believes more analysts will now join Nomura with bullish predictions for profit growth ,with fresh data confirming a “self-sustaining recovery” on the continent. “What I see, with very few exceptions, is significantly improving demand, production and profitability from the corporate sector within Europe,” he told CNBC.