Tens of thousands of workers have poured onto the streets of the European Union capital, Brussels, as well as other European cities, in a wave of protests against austerity measures backed by national governments across the block.
AP - Anti-austerity protests erupted across Europe on Wednesday - Greek doctors and railway employees walked out, Spanish workers shut down trains and buses, and one man even blocked the Irish parliament with a cement truck to decry the country’s enormous bank bailouts.
In an ironic twist, the march in Brussels comes just as the EU Commission is proposing to punish member states that have run up deficits to fund social programs in a time of high unemployment across the continent. The proposal, backed by Germany, is running into opposition from France, which wants politicians to decide on sanctions, not rigid rules alone.
Date created : 2010-09-29