The big issues facing both Americans and Europeans today are very much the same. They all center around the soaring cost of living. While prices over the years have gone up, the increases today are reaching proportions which threaten to upset the normal order of things here in Europe. This poses a direct threat to more than one European government. National governments are being increasingly thought of as the culprits - either responsible for the skyrocketing costs or at least ineffective in stemming the tide. Europeans, like people everywhere, want the good life: food on the table, a roof over their heads, money to spend, a secure job and vacation with pay. The mounting number of major problems confronting Europeans reflects their growing apprehension that all is not well in the economic world. As Europeans feel their lives more and more affected by soaring prices, insufficient housing and overcrowded, polluted cities, their sense of well-being is increasingly threatened.
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