Too preoccupied with the day to day management (or, in many cases, mismanagement) of their continent debt crisis and the threat it poses to the euro currency, European leaders have so far failed to communicate with Europe's younger generation.
Of course, their ritual speeches in Brussels _ where the EU 27 heads of state or government will meet again for a summit tomorrow and on Friday _ always end with promises of growth, innovation and jobs.
But the dim social reality of Europe's economic meltdown shows that no words are able to fill the void created by the current recession affecting the whole southern periphery of the EU. A situation exacerbated by the decision made, last February, to downsize the EU budget, with the risk of leading to cuts in research, education and information technology infrastructures programmes.
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