Hard Times For Europe
I was amazed to read of the growing poverty in Holland as reported here, this was long considered the model of European prosperity and was one of the original seven most industrialized countries of Northern Europe to sign on to and found the European Union:
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands Marielle de Vries, a single mother of six, doesn't have much choice about what to feed her family for dinner.
De Vries has depended on the Food Bank for survival for more than two years. After she and her former husband spent years fruitlessly job hunting, their marriage broke apart over financial worries.
She lost her job as a supermarket cashier and government-funded job placement programs have been unable to help her find a new one.
"I know what hunger feels like, but the worst part is the guilt," she said. "I can't even afford to buy my children an ice cream." (FULL STORY)