Mass Unemployment Sweeps Europe

Rioters are a problem. A worse problem looms when rioters have no glass left to break.

The World Socialist Website rightly calls our attention to the record levels of unemployment in Europe. One in four young people across Europe finds themselves without a job. Prior to 2008, this rate was significantly lower at only 15%. The statistic is indicative of unemployment for people between the ages of 14 and 24 throughout the 27 states in the European Union. However, this is merely an average.

In Great Britain, youth unemployment stands at about 20% and is rising fairly quickly. The government and the media were both taken aback during the recent riots by young people in that country. In Spain, the social-democrats have found their crowning glory in a horrendous 46% unemployment rate for this demographic. Germany, long considered the industrial war-horse of Europe, has the lowest youth unemployment rate at just 9.1%.

The socialists contend that this poses a risk for a revolutionary uprising. We would agree, but would argue against the positive nature of such an uprising.

These young people have little to lose in an insurrection. The current system has failed to provide them with property, ownership, social stability, religious creed, or any sense of responsibility. They have, as of now, no loyalty to it and plenty of free time. This spells a particular tragedy for Europe; not only is a large, young population becoming agitated (which may well lead to social unrest) but their bad economic and spiritual policies have jeopardized their most precious resource – their children. Having one in four or one in two young people out of work and separated from the productive centers of society is a huge and almost unforgivable waste of human potential.

While pundits are likely to criticize rioters, and while we may all agree that rioting is counter-productive to whatever (if any) aims rioters have, we can hardly blame them for their anger. It is absolutely depressing to watch a society crumble. Idleness breeds malcontent. If unemployment and the debt crisis are allowed to continue, more people will be idle and more people will have time and frustration enough to turn into rioters.

Our thoughts and prayers must be with the people of Europe who may lose their children and with ourselves so that we may avoid a similar catastrophe. The truly frightening prospect, however, is that we may soon find ourselves in a situation where there’s nothing left for rioters to break.

Germany’s Trading Secrets

The world’s fourth largest economy is Germany. Being the leader in automobile production, Germany is considered as Europe’s largest economy. This economic leader has been the innovator, driver, and beneficiary of a globalized trading after the age of Industrialization.

Germany has spearheaded great industrial innovations including automobile design and manufacture. Germany’s exports account for more than 30% of the national output. This only shows that most of the manufactured goods and products of Germany go out of the country to the global market. As such, Germany is considered the second largest exporter in the world in 2009, which amounts to $1.17 trillion worth of exported products and merchandise.

Since Germany excels in automobile production and machine tools production, automobiles and machine tools are among its major exports. Ranking third in the world’s largest producers of automobiles, Germany shares some of the world’s automobile market with the United States and Japan.

The main exports of Germany aside from automobiles and machine tools include motor vehicle trailers, semi trailers, chemicals, electrical machinery, and chemical products. While Germany trades with other countries in the world, its top trading partners are its European neighbors. These countries contribute to two-thirds of Germany’s total trade share.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) of which Germany is a member of, cited Germany as the world’s top exporter in 2005. This is the consequence to their largest world market share in machine tools in 2004. Germany’s market success is due to the fact that products with a Made in Germany seal guarantees quality. Most consumers do not hesitate making their purchases if products are made in Germany. Thus, German goods and merchandise do well in the global market.

Aside from these, Germany also is the leader of mechanical engineering. For this reason, Germany holds about 20% of the world market on products related to mechanical engineering. These products include electronics, goods, chemicals, vehicles, optics, machinery, and ship building.

Some of Germany’s export destinations include European countries, China, Japan, South Africa, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. Correspondingly, these countries import their products to Germany too. Recently, Germany has tightened its trading with one of the fastest growing economies of Asia, China. Some imports to Germany include minerals, precious gems, and agricultural products.

Despite Germany’s top ranking positions in the export and import ventures, its economy is one of the slow-growing economies in the Euro zone. Compared to its European neighbors, the rate at which the economy of Germany is growing is relatively slow, considering the fact that it is one of the world’s largest traders. Experts attribute this to Germany’s aging population, and to its high unemployment rate. With these challenges at hand, Germany cannot really totally soar forward economically.

The History of Dortmund, Germany

The Dortmund, Germany history is way back the 880 A.D. The city has been first mentioned as Throtmanni in the official documents. It was just a small rural community at that date. It was in year 1152, when Emperor Barbarossa visits the area and reconstructed the town that has been destroyed before by fire. Barbarossa stayed in the town of Dortmund for about two years that made it to become a very powerful town of the realm.

The city has become a part of the Hanseatic League during the 13th century. It has achieved the status of being a colonial free city in the 1220. Specifically, it was openly subordinated to the ruler. The trading system of the city has become more progressive and after 1320 it has became Dorpmunde. However, it was lost the status of being a colonial free city by year 1803. Subsequent to the Napoleonic wars, the town was integrated into Prussia and has become the main center for steel and coal. At some stage in World War II, the town beside the neighboring cities has been the target for the raids through allied bombing. Many structures and houses have been destroyed by the assault and about 98% in the inner city lay in wreckage. Dortmund Germany have 500,000 residents and based from the current reports, the reconstruction of the inner town will not be the first to consider but the reconstruction of the city in 1950 has been made fast.

The construction of the hall of Westfalia is completely furnished in year 1952. In 1955, the population of the town has increased to 600,000. In 1957, the historical churches of Dortmund have been reconstructed.

In year 1980, the trading for the steel and coal in Dortmund, Germany has declined and it causes to have a serious unemployment but in year 1990 over 3/5 of the population has been employed for the service division. Furthermore, Dortmund is known as the biggest city in Ruhr. With the order of Kaiser Willhelm II, the canal of Dortmund-Ems and Dortmund Harbour was officially opened. The Ruhr River that is situated along the north is 145 miles and 233 kilometers long. It rises to the hills in Central Germany and had generally flows to the west of the Rhine River in Duisburg. The principal cities of the Ruhr are located in West part where the deposits of coal, especially the first class cooking coal are made. By means of Rhine River, many raw materials have been imported to this region. The development of the district of Ruhr has started at the period of 19th century.