The future of the welfare state

Europeans are proud of their high standard of living, Unbenannt-1social protection and generous provision of various public services.

But the global financial meltdown and the ensuing sovereign debt crisis in Europe triggered a debate about the sustainability of this model.

Changing social norms, higher life expectancy rates, migration, negative demographic trends: these are just some of the  factors that put pressure on national governments to find working formulas for good welfare policies that do not overburden public budgets and indebt future generations.

The debate on welfare policies tends to be very technical and drained in details. High time to present the facts in a clear and comprehensible manner:

These are the numbers – but what about the people who engage with these numbers? What do they think and propose?

It’s convenient to concentrate on here and now. But as we are enjoying all kinds of public services, the debt on the next generation is accumulating.

Find out more about the welfare state and its particularities in different European countries as well as a set of liberal propositions for sustainable reform thereof in the latest publication by ELF and FNF.