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A German Fix For The Over-50 Unemployed

Job hunting gets harder the older you get, right? A program in Germany is showing that it may just require the right training, and the right candidate-job matching.

In Munich, Germany
In Munich, Germany
Verena Fücker

MUNICH — The conventional wisdom is that unemployeed people over 50 don't stand a chance in the job market. But a Munich job center project has been proving that this assumption is false. In fact, some employers are even looking specifically for candidates with decades of experience.

At 57 and unemployed, Christa Ehizojie seemed to be a lost cause in the job market. Despite having applied for 365 different jobs, no one wanted to hire the longtime office administrator from Unterhaching. "This can cause you to lose your self-esteem, and you start wondering why you even bother," she says.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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