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Hundreds of people protested

Berlin´s job summit faces criticism

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A few hundred people protested in front of the Chancellery in central Berlin, waving banners with slogans like "Europe´s Youth Needs More Than Merkel´s Hot Air".

The stated aim of the meeting was to discuss how best to use European Union funds once they become available in January.

At a news conference that featured statements from more than a half dozen senior EU figures, including French President Francois Hollande, Merkel stressed the need for more efficient labor rules and better education and training opportunities.

Youth unemployment is perhaps the most pressing problem facing Europe. They’re 15-24-year-old Europeans increasingly seen as a new ‘lost generation’. Europe’s jobless total is 26.5 million people, which is 11 percent of the population, compared with 7.5 percent for the United States and 4.1 percent in Japan.

Twenty European Union heads of government and all of the bloc´s 28 labour ministers descended on Berlin to hammer out concrete measures to deal with the problema, however there are no futher measures or new funds to fight unemployment.

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