The days when Europe’s welfare states could be represented as a ‘burden’ are over. Actually, they are a boon.
Say it quietly but adversity is bringing Europe together.
The European welfare state and the European Union (EU) find themselves caught up in a double bind in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. On the one hand, domestically, EU members are politically bound by widely cherished national social contracts on welfare provision, which in hard economic times are especially difficult to renege upon. […]