The World: Western Europe: The Luxury Strikes

Two Western European countries last week were affected by strikes involving not blue-collar workers but professionals near the top of the economic pyramid. In Swedish newspapers, the walkout by a variety of university graduates was called "the luxury strike." To an unsympathetic French press, a work stoppage by members of flight crews from three airlines was "the strike of the rich."

Sweden: The Big Lockout

For 25 years Sweden Incorporated, as Swedes affectionately call their country, ticked along as smoothly as a Swiss watch. Steady economic growth was matched by full employment. Swedes enjoyed...

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