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Malawi government: Don’t worry, you’ll get your pension when your dead
November 19, 2010, 9:15 pm
Filed under: politics, society

Sarkozy just signed a bill that this BBC article says was one of the toughest battles of his career. It was a battle that had more people on the street than in any other European nation. And that’s something given the current public backlash to the many ‘austerity measures’ being implemented by EU governments. Young and old alike came together in vociferous rebellion against this “brutal” act that some protesters felt pointed to ‘the dictatorial methods of all the government reforms’. The bill changes the pension age from 60 to 62.

Now, from another BBC article let’s take a look at another country, Malawi, whose government is also implementing a pension age, only for the first time: 55 for women and 60 for men. So, it looks like the Malawians may be getting a better deal than the French, that is until you realize the average life expectancy in Malawi is 50.

Whether the government’s choice of pension age was a step towards realizing a Malawi with European life expectancies or whether it was just an insensitive act of frugality, this ‘austerity measure’ is certainly one for which people should take to the streets.


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