Luisa Fernandez Medarde, 81, cooks lunch for her husband and one of their four children in Madrid April 29, 2014. When they retired a decade ago, Fernandez Medarde and her husband Angel Gomez Gamallo,... more 
Luisa Fernandez Medarde, 81, cooks lunch for her husband and one of their four children in Madrid April 29, 2014. When they retired a decade ago, Fernandez Medarde and her husband Angel Gomez Gamallo, 79, had imagined spending their 3,600 euros in joint pension payments only on restaurants, holidays and toys for the grandkids. Today, their retirement money also helps 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. Picture taken April 29, 2014. To match story EUROPE-SOUTH/PENSIONS REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY FOOD POLITICS) less 
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