A Body Blow To Argentina's Middle Class

Reforms bring joblessness and hard times for many

The shiny new toaster, a gift from her fiance, is stuffed in a cubbyhole above her small closet. It waits for the day when 28-year-old Maria Gabriela Garcia Varela can afford to marry and move from her parents' tiny Buenos Aires apartment, where she shares bunk beds with her brother, 26. But that day seems years away.

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