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The generation gap in Austria

The Austrian government has approved a pension increase that has triggered a debate about the generation gap.

Norbert Mayer is appalled. „The grand coalition was formed to solve urgent problems. But what is it doing instead? Customer politics. ... It’s turning the pyramid upside down, with the broad strata of pensioners on top and the increasingly narrow tip of young maintainers of the system at the bottom, financing the future of the preceding generation with poorly paid part-time jobs while their own future looks bleak.

This is narrow-minded from a Christian and from a social democratic point of view, but above all it’s simply narrow-minded. ... Those who spend too much now will be branded unfair in dozens of ways in thirty years’ time and bring up future generations who see the State only as a corrupt exploiter.” (europe.courrierinternational, Die Presse)