Widespread protests in Europe reflected the impact and pain of austerity measures around the European Union. Students led demonstrations in several Spanish cities. In Valencia their anger was fuelled by allegations of police brutality. However, there was a common theme across the country – no more cuts.
One young man taking part in a protest in Madrid said: “We don’t accept that we have to pay for a crisis we did not create. The government is paying for it with cuts in public education and health.”
France’s five main unions took the lead in rallies there. It was the latest in a series of coordinated strikes and protests against the government’s programme of belt-tightening. The events sent a clear signal to President Nicola Sarkozy, who is seeking re-election in just a few weeks time.
- 1Massive petition calls for EU referendum re-run
- 2What will Brexit mean for EU migrants to the UK and British expats?
- 3David Cameron’s “unacceptable behaviour” to blame over referendum defeat, Oettinger tells euronews
- 4EU foreign ministers demand quick divorce from Britain
- 5‘No need to be nasty’ Merkel wants clear-headed Brexit talks
Wires > News
- 03:11 CET Malaysian PM Najib to unveil new cabinet on Monday- media report
- 03:08 CET Russia secures energy deals, talks security with China as Putin…
- 02:58 CET Somali Islamist militants attack hotel in Mogadishu
- 02:57 CET New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham dies at 87
- 02:24 CET Expanded Panama Canal – Bigger ships, bigger paydays for beans…
- 00:44 CET Germany’s Merkel signals sober separation from EU ‘partner’ Britain
- 22:42 CET Colombia to offer tax breaks for development under peace deal
- 20:40 CET South Sudan forces, armed groups clash, displacing civilians – U.N