European Union employment ministers on November 7 failed to reach much-needed agreement on changing a disputed EU working-hours law, bringing national governments under risk of costly legal action.That immediately set off a storm of protest – for and against a so-called “opt-out” policy that lets some countries set longer working hours, from members of the European Parliament. Talks aimed at settling a two-year row over the EU working-time directive left member states split over changes in the c...

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