Future of Europe: Can the EU save a lost generation left fighting for its life in an economic maelstrom? 

Outside a McDonald’s in Latina, Italy, the city’s teens are clutching cigarettes and milkshakes while engrossed in a passionate debate about identity.

The discussion taking place under the golden arches that are perhaps the most recognisable symbol of globalisation is about whether or not a local park named after Mussolini should no longer bear the name of Italy’s wartime fascist leader.

This is Europe’s lost generation, weighed down by endemic youth unemployment. Now, after a decade of austerity and stagnation, some are reawakening the ghosts of their fascist forefathers as they search for meaning and occupation in an age of economic disruption.

A new wave of citizens are questioning whether,…

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