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Social Welfare in Europe
Social welfare in Europe
Protesters in London oppose cuts in welfare benefits on April 10, 2010. Generous benefits across Europe are likely to be cut as governments attempt to deal with the economic crisis, which threatens the integrity of the euro. Britain is considering delaying retirement to age 70. The new Conservative-led coalition government has also pointed a finger at the welfare benefits paid for disability, unemployment and housing.

Gema Díaz, 34, counted on a range of benefits to supplement her relatively low salary when she took a job as a purchasing agent with the city of Madrid. Now, as Spain initiates a fiscal austerity campaign, she is seeing those benefits eaten away. Her $2,000 a month salary, like those of all public ...

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