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Unemployment in the European Union has hit some unfortunate milestones. The rate is at a record high in the whole euro zone, as well as in such member countries as France, Spain, Portugal and Greece. It’s easy, and fair, to blame the recession, but deep-seated labour market rigidities are culprits too.

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