Almost one out of two

by Lorenzo Piccoli

The real break-up of Europe starts from youth unemployment. New figures provided by the European Commission dramatically show the wide geographical rift that has opened up between northern and southern Europe: while Austria (8.9 per cent unemployment), Germany (7.7 per cent) and the Netherlands (10.5 per cent) have relatively few young jobless, while France is above 25 per cent and Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all way above 35.