MADRID/MILAN, May 28 (Reuters) – When Angel Gomez and Maria
Luisa Fernandez retired a decade ago, they imagined spending
their pensions largely on restaurant meals, holidays and toys
for the grandkids. Today, their retirement money helps to
support five families.
The Spanish couple, like other relatively prosperous
pensioners across southern Europe, are providing an informal
safety net which has helped many in the younger generation to
avoid widespread poverty despite record-high unemployment.