The situation of the trade unions

The ailing DGB celebrates its 50th anniversary. Anniversary and hopes for the future of solidarity

"Turbulent times" The DGB proclaims that it was the 50th. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its founding, which took place on. October 1949 in Munich. The "The future of solidarity" is what the DGB wants to see in the "Elbow Society" The future of the trade unions in Germany and elsewhere looks bleak, however, because membership is declining everywhere in the wake of globalization and the implementation of the new economy. Unions are having a particularly hard time in the new IT technology sectors.

The situation of the unions

The situation is even more dramatic in the U.S., which is why the largest American union, the AFL-CIO, is holding a meeting to discuss how to proceed in the future. A program has already been decided to network members through favorable offers and their own portals, which it is hoped will not only lead to better organization, but also make employees in the IT industry more likely to leave the union.


Chinese nuclear power plant for turkey?

chinese nuclear power plant for turkey?

Screenshot from 13.9. The Northeast Passage off the Siberian coast has been clear for a few weeks now. Likewise, the winding path through the Canadian archipelago. The direct Northwest Passage has been blocked this year. The ice has been growing there again since the beginning of September. Picture: Uni Bremen

The energy and climate newsreel: Shrinking ice, severe storms and solar power for Africa’s villages

Summer is coming to an end and on the Arctic Ocean the sea ice will reach its minimum in these days or has already done so. This year it will have the second smallest extent since satellite measurements began, and its condition gives little cause for optimism. Already in the next, if not the next decade, it will disappear seasonally in summer, if the present trend continues.


Is the ice at the poles melting faster than expected??

ESA’s Cryosat satellite to measure Earth’s ice mass in 2004

Between 1978 and 1996, according to a study by the internationally respected Worldwatch Institute based on worldwide quantities, the Arctic ice, which covers an area about the size of the USA, has already shrunk by six percent. 34.000 square kilometers of ice – an area the size of North Rhine-Westphalia – changes its aggregate state every year and flows away. According to the latest scientific findings, the ice at the poles is melting faster than expected, so that a drastic rise in sea level is imminent worldwide. In mid-April 2004, the ESA satellite will reveal how much ice has actually already melted at the poles.

Is the ice at the poles melting faster than expected?

Pine Island Glacier


Right-wing radicals and hooligans mobilize in sweden against young refugees

After Koln and the murder of a Lebanese-born social worker by a 15-year-old Somali, right-wingers reportedly want to protect women, but some of them are keeping their distance

Last Friday, about a hundred black-masked right-wing radicals took advantage of public opinion about refugees and marched through the city center. The mob, according to police, fubball hooligans and right-wing radicals, preyed on foreign-looking youths, according to a report in the newspaper Aftonbladet, though police would not (yet) confirm this. However, the neo-Nazi group called Swedish Resistance Movement claimed that they had roughed up North Africans living around the main train station.

They distributed leaflets in which the "North African strab children who roam … the punishment they deserve", threatened: "Enough is enough." As usual in the right-wing, anti-foreign and anti-government circles, it is argued that the state has failed. That would womoglich apply here, only three members of the mob were arrested, u.a. for violence against police officers.


“Successful states have become self-righteous and immobile”

IMF chief Rato wants an institutionalized working group to work out an agreement to reduce global economic imbalances – the time is favorable because the world economy continues to grow

While the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) recently ied urgent warnings against an overvaluation of the emerging markets and a "systematic underestimation of risks" by the financial markets, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) paints a much rosier picture in its latest publications ahead of the start of the spring meeting of the IMF and World Bank in Washington. In its World Economic Outlook published on Wednesday, the IMF predicts another two years of very strong growth for the global economy, of 4.9 percent (2005: 4.8 percent) and 4.7 percent next year, raising its forecasts from the fall by 0.6 and 0.3 points respectively.

There was also much less danger for the emerging markets, which were on the whole much more stable today than during comparable phases in the past, as Gerd Hausler, the outgoing director of the International Capital Markets Department coming from the Bundesbank, pointed out on 11 September. April at the presentation of the latest Global Financial Stability Report for which he was responsible. Moreover, there was little systematic mispricing of risks by financial markets (as observed by the BIS). Countries with high foreign debt and weak budgets were still prone to crises, but the risk of "contagious" crises (as in the Asian or Russian crises of 1997/88) was currently rather low.