Women and pensions
All around Europe, pension funds are raided and pensions are cut – despite the fact that the consolidated Eurozone government deficit is only half the size of the deficit of the USA, Japan or the UK. See here (Hungary); here (Portugal); here (Ireland); here (Greece) or here and here (the Netherlands).
Who will bear the brunt?
Today, women’s day, Eurostat published the next data:
Around 40% more women than men among the EU population aged 65 and over … There were in total 257 million women and 245 million men in the EU27 in 2011, meaning that there were 105 women per 100 men … The ratio rose to 138 women per 100 men on average in the EU27 for those aged 65 and over. For this age group, there were around twice as many women as men in the Baltic countries: Latvia (208 women per 100 men), Estonia (204) and Lithuania (197), while there were around 20% more women than men in Cyprus (120 women per 100 men), Ireland (122) and Sweden (123).