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The youth in the 27 EU nations “feel Europe is the problem,” said Ambassador William Kennard, using diplomatic shorthand for the centralized powers at EU headquarters in the Belgium capital.

“The most important thing is to create the recognition that 26 million unemployed is a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions,” he said at a conference sponsored by the Lisbon Council public policy center.

Unemployment in the EU is about 11 percent, and several nations are relying on massive economic bailouts from wealthier countries.

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