The EU’s most promising export

Support for social-protection schemes should be a focus of EU development policy

Social protection has been both the hero and the villain in the narrative of the European Union’s economic crisis, and recent data from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, has only added fuel to the fire: spending on social protection in the EU’s 27 member states rose by around 10% between 2007 and 2010, accounting for as much as 30% of gross domestic product by the end of the period.

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