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Dancers crowd the dance floor in February 2002 during the traditional Viennese Opera Ball in the Vienna State Opera House, Austria. Fundamental change is underway in Europe, as crisis bites and voters revolt at the polls.

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Crisis threatens Europe’s storied way of life

Elections in France and Greece reflect the anger and disillusionment coming to the surface across Europe as an entire way of life is challenged. The European landscape is undergoing profound change — from its sophisticated lifestyle to its cherished welfare benefits like guaranteed health care and a secure retirement, to a sense among many Europeans of being the world’s elite.


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