Some people may miss RTE's World Report due to its early scheduling at the weekend.
Every week reporters take a ten minute slot to give a quite personal and more in-depth report on international news than RTE allows for in the main news programmes.
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This week Mary Fitzgerald gives an interesting picture of Kosovo, the newest and youngest state in Europe, with youth unemployment rates of over 50% and a very young age profile. There are very few unemployment benefits. A similar report was carried in the Irish Times.
200,000 young people will come of age in the next five years. They can't get visas to leave.“Pristina is full of cafes like this . . . packed with young people like me with nothing else to do but drink coffee all day,” he says bitterly. “We have no work, no prospects and no way out. This is no country for young people.”
Kosovo is, however, a country of young people. Its two million inhabitants make up the youngest population in Europe: every second person is under 25.
Mass youth unemployment is a huge phenomenon in Europe, as it is in North Africa. Masked by the boom, old manufacturing has been stripped out by competition from the East. Jobs simply aren't there, and nobody has a plan for providing them, apart from the Merkel strategy of pushing wages down to subsistence level.