Europe Must Break The Welfare Habit

`Let us be bold. The French people expect it." So Prime Minister Alain Juppe exhorted the National Assembly when he opened debate on his plan to right his country's badly listing social security system. Savvy politician that he is, Juppe knows that the battle over welfare will be fought on the terrain of people's expectations. And that only boldness from himself and other political leaders--none of whom have been exactly brimming with it lately--will keep Europe's integration agenda on track and keep the region from falling further behind in the global economy.

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