Congratulations E.U., you have a clean sweep of the top spots in UNICEF’s Developed World, Child Poverty list. Europe, that beacon of democracy and human rights, does not believe that children are the future.
Greece, Latvia and Spain hold positions one, two, and three. That other beacon of hope and change, The U.S.A., holds the fifth position.
Is this what Obama meant when he called America the “exceptional” nation.
When it comes to being number one, Greece has a truly spectacular track record: first to riot, first in the Eurozone to hit two-thirds youth unemployment, first (but not last) in the Eurozone to default, and now another less than impressive achievement: according to Unicef, Greece is the place where over 40% of children live below the poverty line. This makes it first in the developed world in childhood poverty. Or last, depending on one’s perspective.
That said, the US, ranking just 5 spots below Greece, where 32.2% of children also live in poverty, isn’t a hotbed of prosperity either. Furthermore, according to WaPo, the share of U.S. children living in poverty has actually increased by 2 percentage points since 2008. Overall, 24.2 million U.S. children were living in poverty in 2012, reflecting an increase of 1.7 million children since 2008. “Of all newly poor children in the OECD and/or EU, about a third are in the United States,” according to the report. On the other hand, 18 countries were actually able to reduce their childhood poverty rates over the same period.
When will Greece finally get the backbone to rid itself of the marionettes in Brussels, and start acting like a free and sovereign nation.