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In contrast with other parts of the continent, life in rural areas in Eastern Europe is synonymous with poverty. The problem should be tackled during the current debate on the reform of the common agricultural policy, with particular emphasis on young people.
Erasmus, the end of roaming charges, the convenience of the euro: the rhetoric promoting the benefits of European integration only really addresses those citizens who regularly travel to other EU countries. In fact, 37 percent of EU citizens have never been outside their own country.
Almost half of European students depend on their families in order to meet their costs, and more than a third live with their parents. This phenomenon is particularly acute in the South, though certainly not unique to the region.
An European Survey of Language Competences among 54,000 pupils in 14 countries.
Many South-East European students enroll in foreign universities, but for most of them leaving the region remains only a dream
Weekend work is daily business for 29 percent of Europeans aged 20 to 34.
Crèche or grandparents? Forms of daycare vary between countries, with major implications for equality.