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As inflation stalks Europe, leaders shudder

By Jason Horowitz

21 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT shows how strikes and protests over rising living costs are ushering in a period of social and labor unrest not seen since at least the 1970s—and it has European leaders nervous.

ROME — The retired women wheeled their canvas shopping carts to the fresh pasta counter of an outdoor market in Rome this week and commiserated about how the price of tagliatelle, oranges, napkins, utility bills — you name it — had gone through the roof.

“Prices have gone up on everything,” said Simonetta Belardi, 69, a self-described leftist who argued that while inflation whittled away her savings, it also wore down her support for Ukraine in the war that many across Europe blame for the astronomical costs. She was no fan of Russia, she said, but the time had long passed for an end to military support for Ukraine and a shift to diplomatic negotiations for peace. She said more and more people she knew, in need of economic relief, were losing their patience, too.

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