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Video: Spanish scientists lip-dubbing to YouTube success

Valencia - Scientists at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center in Valencia, Spain needed some serious cheering up with the latest budget cuts, which led to almost half of their staff being let go. They decided to raise morale a bit by entering a lip-sync competition.

Spain's healthcare cuts put Spaniards' lives at risk

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal on Thursday, budget cuts and austerity measures in Spain could cause the dismantling of a large part of the Spanish health system, potentially damaging the health of the population.

Cost cutting: Spain's national police buy own bullet-proof vests

Madrid - Due to lack of government funding, many members of the Spanish national police are being forced to cough up around €1,000 each for bullet-proof vests and slash-resistant clothing.

Austerity in Greece having impact on human rights, says UN expert

Athens - That’s the opinion of a United Nations expert who warned yesterday that some of the austerity measures imposed on the Greek economy undermine Greek citizens’ access to jobs, health, water and energy.

Portugal takes to the streets against austerity (video)

Lisbon - In yet another example of the fact that austerity just doesn't work, hundreds of thousands of Portuguese people took to the streets in around 30 cities all over Portugal on Saturday and protests will continue on Sunday.

Protests mark Angela Merkel's visit to Lisbon, Portugal (video)

Lisbon - During Angela Merkel's visit to Lisbon, protesters gathered peacefully to denounce Germany's decision to back a recent series of austerity measures in the bailed-out Eurozone state.

Greek unemployment rises to record high

As Parliament voted to approve yet more biting austerity measures on the Greek people, the latest unemployment statistics were published. Unemployment has now reached a record high.

Greece shut down by 48 hour strike

Greece is in the grip of another 48-hour strike which commenced on Tuesday, to protest the latest round of austerity measures and changes to labour laws.

Now it's the turn of the police to protest in Madrid, Spain

Madrid - 3,000 off-duty national police officers rallied outside the Ministry of the Interior in Madrid on Saturday, protesting austerity measures and budget cuts, including the loss of their Christmas bonuses.

Video: Massive crowds hit UK streets in anti-austerity protest

London - It was the UK's turn to hit the streets on Saturday in protest against austerity measures and budget cuts. Tens of thousands participated with a wide range of different groups involved.

Greece considers scrapping €5,000 income tax-free threshold

Athens - The latest austerity measure under consideration by the Greek coalition government is to scrap the €5,000 income tax-free threshold, ensuring the burden of extra taxation hits the poorest in Greek society,

Italian dies after setting himself on fire in austerity protest

Rome - A 54-year-old unemployed man has become the latest victim of Italian austerity measures. He died on Sunday from burns incurred when he set himself on fire in front of the Italian parliament last week.

Op-Ed: UK economy predicted to shrink in 2012 due to austerity measures

London - According to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research the UK economy may actually shrink by half a percentage point in 2012 compared to an earlier estimate of zero growth. The think tank blames austerity measures for the decline.

Millions of people protest in 80 Spanish cities (video)

Madrid - On July 19, millions took to the streets in 80 major cities throughout Spain. Union workers, 15m members, the general public and many others let their voices be heard.

Op-Ed: March against cuts, abuse of power & police repression (video) Special

The people of Málaga, Spain made themselves heard last night, as they marched in support of the coal miners, against the recent cuts, and against police abuse of power and repression.

Madrid, Spain: 76 injured as protesters clash with police

Madrid - It started with coal miners demonstrating in Madrid, then supporters joined them. Then Rajoy introduced more austerity measures. Then the cops stepped in with rubber bullets.

Greece still in trouble as talent leaves country

Athens - Greece has a new government to guide it out of its economic troubles, but its woes are far from over as the country's brightest queue up to leave its borders.

Op-Ed: Good side of Greek debt? Markets might learn the LIARS lesson

Sydney - The likelihood of a Greek default has been causing shudders around the world. A small economy’s debt has terrified the finance markets. The risk of a Greek default, followed by further defaults is the bug eyed monster, but there’s a good side.

IMF and EU threaten Greece must adhere to austerity

As confusion reins over the political landscape in Greece, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union have warned Greece must adhere to austerity measures, including the implementation of more cuts in June.

Op-Ed: World support for Greek people over austerity measures

Rallies are taking place around the world under the banner "We are all Greeks now" in call for solidarity against austerity measures.

Athens burns while lawmakers debate

The center of Athens is in flames as thousands of protesters clash with police outside and around the Parliament building where politicians are engaged in a passionate debate about the future of Greece.

Belgian trade unions: Austerity is not a solution, it's a problem Special

Brussels - The leaders of the trade unions striking today in Belgium had a common message for the leaders of the EU countries meeting today in Brussels: austerity measures are not a solution to the current economic crisis.

Week of protests brings results in Romania, but people want more Special

Bucharest - A week ago Romanians took to the streets in support of Raed Arafat, who quit his deputy health minister position after disagreements with President Basescu over a new healthcare plan that would see most of the emergency ambulance system become private.

'Week of strikes' looms over Italian austerity measures

Italy faces a "week of strikes," urged largely by the country's three largest labour unions, following Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's €33 billion austerity package.

Op-Ed: Ontario should brace for cuts ahead of March 2012 budget

Toronto - Ontario's political leaders need to be straightforward with Ontarians about the potential extent of necessary budget cuts to begin dealing with a growing $16B deficit.

Op-Ed: Political Violence: A potential tool for today's Americans

Athens - What if government related crimes and violence, primarily to the likes of rioting, became a trendy and successful tool in truly embedding how Americans feel as their angers and rage hastens toward their government's policies? Here is one theory...

Greek protests surge as parliament votes on latest austerity plan

Athens - The Greek economy is at a virtual standstill as protesters are joined by public and private union strikers taking part in a two day general strike which began early Tuesday morning. Today the Greek austerity bill passed.

Dozens of Irish demonstrators protest, clash with police (video)

Dublin - A large group of Irish demonstrators protested the government's handling of the economic crisis that currently plagues the nation. Protestors attempted to force their way into a security area at the government buildings in Dublin.
 

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Military protest in Lisbon  Portugal on November 10  2012 -  “Police are unhappy  military are unh...
Military protest in Lisbon, Portugal on November 10, 2012 - “Police are unhappy, military are unhappy, people are unhappy”.
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National police officers protest in Madrid, Spain, October 27, 2012
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Protest in Madrid Spain over latest budget cuts and bailout.
Protest in Madrid Spain over latest budget cuts and bailout.
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Malaga  Spain: July 13  2012 - City mobilization  against the cuts  the abuse of power and the repre...
Malaga, Spain: July 13, 2012 - City mobilization, against the cuts, the abuse of power and the repression.
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Military protest in Lisbon  Portugal on November 10  2012
Military protest in Lisbon, Portugal on November 10, 2012
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Protests in Athens
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Marea Verde Mijas educating the people about budget cuts in education in Spain.
Marea Verde Mijas educating the people about budget cuts in education in Spain.
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Strikes across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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Ireland: Protest against government austerity measures.
Ireland: Protest against government austerity measures.
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11-year-old girl injured by a rubber bullet in Madrid on July 11.
11-year-old girl injured by a rubber bullet in Madrid on July 11.
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Protests across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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Protest in Madrid Spain over latest budget cuts and bailout.
Protest in Madrid Spain over latest budget cuts and bailout.
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Protesters were injured by rubber bullets in Madrid on July 11.
Protesters were injured by rubber bullets in Madrid on July 11.
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Military protest in Lisbon  Portugal on November 10  2012
Military protest in Lisbon, Portugal on November 10, 2012
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Strikes across Europe against unemployment, austerity measures
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 F*ck you Fabra  - referring to a video seen widely of Andrea Fabra (PP...
Malaga, Spain: July 13, 2012 "F*ck you Fabra" - referring to a video seen widely of Andrea Fabra (PP Deputy) clapping and yelling "F*ck them all!" after Mariano Rajoy announced the new measures.
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