Creating a sense of predictability and security has traditionally been attributed to what a society offers to its citizens. Today, as the economic crisis has planted its roots, millions of Europeans live with insecurity, uncertain about what the future holds. This is one of the worst psychological states of mind for human beings, and we now see a quiet desperation spreading among Europeans, resulting in depression, resignation and loss of hope for their future. We are also seeing signs of this quiet desperation turning more vocal through demonstrations and violence. We fear that increased xenophobia and the lack of confidence in society being able to provide jobs and security may lead to more extreme views and actions, with social unrest as a consequence.
Through our network, we already knew that the situation was only getting worse in many countries, however, some of the responses still surprised and shocked us, as they highlighted worrying trends and challenges.
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