The situation in Italy is getting increasingly desperate as the euro crisis continues. But it is the country’s youth who are the biggest losers. Many young people, unable to get proper jobs and still living with their parents, are forced to move abroad in hopes of a better life.
The future they describe sounds gloomy; it’s full of promises and reassurances. But one number is painfully concrete, and for a second it reverberates throughout the reception hall: “36 percent” — Italy’s current youth unemployment, a record high. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti utters the number, adding that he finds it “unacceptable.”