With more than 26 million unemployed in the 27 nations of the European Union, including nearly six million young people, the system is struggling, and in some places failing, to cope. Many of the jobless have exhausted their benefit entitlements.
“In many countries, the poor are getting poorer,” said Laszlo Andor, the E.U. commissioner for employment and social affairs, pointing to a growing North-South divergence. “Europe’s social fabric is clearly under pressure and a stronger response at E.U. and national level is needed.”
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