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Macron's Europe speech gets mixed reaction

Berlin - Politicians and the press across Europe broadly welcomed Emmanuel Macron's calls for a revival of the European project, although EU powerhouse Germany gave a cautious reception.

As Germany ages, 'grey vote' has younger generations worried

Berlin - Save for pensioners or invest in young people?

Ageing populations will drag on growth in Asia: IMF chief

Seoul - The chief of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that ageing populations in key Asian economies will drag on their growth, urging policymakers to step up their response to shifting demographics.

Global population to hit 8 billion by 2023

The global population will cross-over the 8 billion mark during 2023. In addition, new data indicates the number of over 60s will top 1 billion. Figures also show there are considerably more men than women currently living.

Child migrants risk lives to reach Europe from... Spain

Melilla - It is midnight and nine-year-old Wahib hides near the port of Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory on Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Like scores of other street children here, he is prepared to risk everything to reach mainland Europe.

Child migrants risk lives to reach Europe from... Spain

Melilla - It is midnight and nine-year-old Wahib hides near the port of Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory on Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Like scores of other street children here, he is prepared to risk everything to reach mainland Europe.

Have 5 kids not 3, Erdogan tells Turks in Europe

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions-strong diaspora they were the continent's "future" as a bitter dispute festered between Ankara and Brussels.

Have 5 kids not 3, Erdogan tells Turks in Europe

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions-strong diaspora they were the continent's "future" as a bitter dispute festered between Ankara and Brussels.

Have 5 kids not 3, Erdogan tells Turks in Europe

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions-strong diaspora they were the continent's "future" as a bitter dispute festered between Ankara and Brussels.

Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population

Yerevan - Ani Kirakosyan says she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the foetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion.

Exploding the poor white myth of Trump's rise to power

New York - The myth that only uneducated white men would vote for Donald Trump exploded in a sensational win for the maverick billionaire, a former reality star with no political experience whatsoever.

G20 warns against slide into protectionism

Hangzhou - The world's leading economies spoke out against a return to protectionism and defended the unfashionable concepts of free trade and globalisation Monday, warning the listless global economy needs an urgent reboot.

Hungary's anti-immigrant PM faces workforce shortage

Budapest - A population slump in Hungary is presenting Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-immigration government with a headache: how to plug labour supply shortages without turning to foreigners.

French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

French far-right family rivalries exposed at May Day rallies

Paris - There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk sent a stark message Thursday to would-be economic migrants not to come to Europe as the bloc seeks to get a grip on the crisis.

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk sent a stark message Thursday to would-be economic migrants not to come to Europe as the bloc seeks to get a grip on the crisis.

Russian village fears future as health cuts hit poorest

Russia - More than 70 years after Gennady Vinogradov was born in the small village of Sheshurino, northwest of Moscow, he just asks for one thing: to be able to die there in dignity.

U.K. population rises to almost 65 million

London - The population of the U.K. has shown a marked increase by almost half-a-million people in a 12-month period. The population now stands at 64,596,800.

Shrinking Portuguese town turns to cash-for-babies scheme

Sanl - Rather than turn into a ghost town, one Portuguese village facing an exodus of young adults and dwindling birth rates came up with an answer: pay parents 5,000 euros for every new baby.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' takes on 'Pitch Perfect 2'

It will be a demographic war at the weekend box office, with the end result being a new winner on top. "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" open wide.

'Insurgent' to surge past 'Cinderella' with ease

As "Insurgent" opens, it looks like females will drive the box office again this weekend. That was very evident last weekend and a repeat will happen once more.

Fewer babies herald 'economic miracle' for Africa: UN

London - Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday.

Chicago schools among best in Illinois according to demographics

Chicago - Chicago came out on top in Illinois school standings. U.S. News ranked five Chicago high schools in the top 10 Illinois high schools. This is an important factor for those looking to purchase a new home in Chicago.

Norway named best place to grow old

London - Norway is the best place to grow old, according to the latest Global AgeWatch index of 96 countries published on Wednesday, while Afghanistan is the worst.

Report: Twitter employees are mostly white and male

Twitter managers recently released data on their own employees. Around 59% of them are male and 70% are white. Facts like this are re-igniting the debate on how to get more minorities and women into the technology sector.

China's ageing millions look forward to bleak future

Beijing - As she nears retirement along with millions of other Chinese, He Xiangying is too busy sending her son money and raising a stranger's child to worry about who will eventually look after her.

Migration helps boost EU population to 507.4 million

Brussels - The population of the European Union stood at 507.4 million people on January 1, official EU data showed Thursday, with a significant boost from immigration.According to the Eurostat agency, the EU's population grew by 1.

Laid-off worker quizzed after Spain politician shot dead

Madrid - Spanish police on Tuesday questioned a laid-off council worker and her mother suspected of gunning down a ruling party politician, a murder that halted Spain's European election campaigns.

Abandoned Spanish villages, given away for free

- For sale: hamlet in Spain. Needs work.
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 In short  the middle class (as we have known it) has changed   says author and journalist Matt Carm...
"In short, the middle class (as we have known it) has changed," says author and journalist Matt Carmichael. He cites in detail that, "many of these changes have been building for decades and have been hastened and exacerbated by the recession."
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