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Lighting Europe’s Lamp

On the eve of World War I the British diplomat Sir Edward Gray is purported to have said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe.” In the wake of the recent Italian election, one might reverse that phrase. After years of brutal austerity, collapsing economies, widespread unemployment, and shredding of the social welfare net, Italians said “basta!” “Enough!” And lamps are going on all over Europe.