EUROPE: The Season of Discontent

Throughout Western Europe last week, returning vacationers by the millions clogged highways, jammed airports, and crowded into trains. The traditional month of summer holiday was at an end and a season of discontent was beginning. Across the Continent, shaky minority governments were the rule, national economies appeared in danger of spinning out of control, and even tradition-bound Englishmen were worrying whether democratic governments were capable of dealing with the severe problems that face Europe.

A feeling of helplessness and frustration was fueled by rising unemployment, a slump in economic growth, skyrocketing inflation and precarious governments. For example, the Cabinets ruling...

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