A fresh set of strikes in France and continued debates in the British Parliament bring new light on Europe’s ongoing debate regarding the retirement age.  A growing number of European governments continue to propose an increase of the retirement age.  Proponents of these measures argue that the continent’s longer life expectancy requires that workers retire at later age and point to reduced costs and taxes as the social benefit of these measures.  Opponents, on the other hand, argue that these measures will reduce the quality of life for Seniors by increasing social inequalities and taking away the liberty to choose one’s retirement age.

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