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Italy’s Welfare Minister In Tears Over Austerity Sacrifices

Italian Welfare Minister Elsa Fornero broke down in tears as she announced an end to inflation indexing on all but the lowest pension bands, a move that will mean an effective income cut for many pensioners.

The government unveiled a package of painful austerity measures on Sunday night — so painful, indeed, that one of the ministers began to weep as she explained them to the press. Announcing that all but the lowest pensions would be frozen next year, Fornero was unable to say the word "sacrifices" and, brushing tears from her eyes, brought her presentation to an abrupt close.


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