Whether the reforms will ultimately go far enough and induce businesses to create more jobs will only become apparent after the crisis. It's also unclear where these jobs are to be created, because the industrial base that has fueled Germany's economic growth is significantly weaker in the southern part of the continent. All that's clear is that the southern countries will dismantle their social welfare states, because they simply can no longer afford to pay for them.

Resistance is practically guaranteed. For Assunta Linza, the Italian psychologist, her country's fossilized labor market is a serious problem. Nevertheless, she is opposed to the abolition of the controversial Article 18, without which she would never have received her short-term support of €600 a month.

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