‘Europe is the fastest ageing major region.  Having saddled their countries with debts, there is a strong chance its older generation will lack the wherewithal to fund their own consumer lifestyle.  Instead, they risk forming an ageing, stagnating bloc which further cripples its economies with the burden of their care.  If it is to avert a future of decline and generational strife, the only thing the old continent can do is adapt.’

Thus begins the first of a series of in-depth articles being published by Reuters.  The first is a special report focusing on the labour force, entitled From the age of labour to the labour of age.    More to come.