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BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Anger over austerity continues to spread throughout Europe. Millions of workers are protesting against rising unemployment, spending cuts and tax hikes. Here’s ITV with the details.

“Unions have called strikes in Spain, Greece, Portugal, France, Belgium and Italy. Some factories and train lines have been shut down and protesters were arrested at picket lines in Spain.” 

Protests are taking place in at least 23 countries right now. Sky News calls this the largest combined protest since the debt crisis began.

“... there has been a division in Europe, that the country's that are really struggling at the moment with high levels of debt and low growth are the ones where the strikes are biting, whereas there are smaller demonstrations perhaps the north.”

According to the BBC, the protests are led by demonstrators in Portugal and Spain. These countries, along with Greece, are implementing deep austerity measures in hopes of managing their debt.

-Spain has a debt of 76 percent of its total annual income. That’s the highest it’s been in 22 years.
-Portugal’s national debt reached 107 percent last year.
-And Greece’s national debt sits at 165 percent.

With unemployment rising across the eurozone, the message from unions across the area is clear.

“This is not about just Spain. It’s also about Europe. So we hope European government, and European policies changes after these. I mean people can’t stand it any more.” 

CNN reports the protests have even spread to Germany, but in solidarity rather than real anger. And one common force in that country is motivating protests throughout Europe.

"Angela Merkel has become a lightning rod for protesters across Europe due to anger over her insistence that debt-ridden countries adopt austerity. Now the same is happening in Germany itself."

Some of the largest protests are impacting public transportation. CNN reports hundreds of flights have been grounded, and there are severe reductions in transit systems.

Anti-Austerity Protests Break Out Across Europe

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Nov 14, 2012

Anti-Austerity Protests Break Out Across Europe

 

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Anger over austerity continues to spread throughout Europe. Millions of workers are protesting against rising unemployment, spending cuts and tax hikes. Here’s ITV with the details.

“Unions have called strikes in Spain, Greece, Portugal, France, Belgium and Italy. Some factories and train lines have been shut down and protesters were arrested at picket lines in Spain.” 

Protests are taking place in at least 23 countries right now. Sky News calls this the largest combined protest since the debt crisis began.

“... there has been a division in Europe, that the country's that are really struggling at the moment with high levels of debt and low growth are the ones where the strikes are biting, whereas there are smaller demonstrations perhaps the north.”

According to the BBC, the protests are led by demonstrators in Portugal and Spain. These countries, along with Greece, are implementing deep austerity measures in hopes of managing their debt.

-Spain has a debt of 76 percent of its total annual income. That’s the highest it’s been in 22 years.
-Portugal’s national debt reached 107 percent last year.
-And Greece’s national debt sits at 165 percent.

With unemployment rising across the eurozone, the message from unions across the area is clear.

“This is not about just Spain. It’s also about Europe. So we hope European government, and European policies changes after these. I mean people can’t stand it any more.” 

CNN reports the protests have even spread to Germany, but in solidarity rather than real anger. And one common force in that country is motivating protests throughout Europe.

"Angela Merkel has become a lightning rod for protesters across Europe due to anger over her insistence that debt-ridden countries adopt austerity. Now the same is happening in Germany itself."

Some of the largest protests are impacting public transportation. CNN reports hundreds of flights have been grounded, and there are severe reductions in transit systems.

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