One in four Europeans (24,6%) or 122 million people risk being poor or socially excluded. Trends indicate that Europe is failing to live up to the aspiration of the European Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Juncker, for a so-called AAA-rated society. However, the discussion about the Eurozone is important because it relates to the sustainability of the wider European project.

This discussion is bound to be triggered by the release of a comparative study by the Bertelsmann Foundation Social...

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