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Greek protesters block annual military parade

Bu George Georgiopoulos and Daniel Flynn ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks protesting at austerity measures demanded by foreign lenders blocked a major national parade on Friday to commemorate Greek resistance in World War Two, shouting “traitors” at President Karolos Papoulias and other officials. The protest in Thessaloniki was echoed at smaller…

Greek workers strike against austerity measures

Greek sailors, customs officials and other government employeeswent on strike on Monday and magistrates were to follow suit to protest cutbacks ahead of nationwide strikes this week. No vessels entered or left the main Greek port of Piraeus after 6:00 am (0300 GMT), the mercantile marine ministry said following the 48-hour strike call…

Greek protesters walk off the job, block property tax

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek protesters halted public transport in Athens on Thursday and moved to disrupt collection of an unpopular new property tax in a growing wave of opposition to harsh new austerity measures demanded by international lenders. With the beleaguered Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou fighting to…

EU says eurozone needs ‘permanent’ austerity

The EU warned Tuesday that the eurozone requires permanent tough austerity measures if it is to cope with public debt set to crash through the 100-percent-of-GDP barrier and keep rising for many years. With an ageing population piling up social security and pension costs, the European Commission says a radical long-term correction is required to put public debt throughout the…

E.U. ‘Indignants’ camp out in Brussels park

About 150 anti-capitalist “Indignants” who marched from France, the Netherlands and Spain, defied a ban to set up camp in a Brussels park Saturday to protest EU-ordered austerity measures. The marchers, joined by Belgian protesters, arrived at Elisabeth Park in the rain by late afternoon, and started immediately to pitch…

Merkel tells Europe to prop up its banks

Germany urged Europe Wednesday to recapitalise its banks where necessary to prevent the eurozone debt crisis from spreading as the IMF warned the EU to get its act together and head off recession. As Greek police tear-gassed protesters in the latest strike over ever-deeper austerity measures, Chancellor Angela Merkel said…

Thousands rally against Portugal’s austerity plans

LISBON — Tens of thousands of people rallied in Portugal Saturday against the government’s austerity measures, protest organisers said, amid projections that the economic situation was far worse than expected. Government and private sector workers demonstrated in Lisbon and Porto, following a call by the country’s largest trade union federation…

Melbourne named world’s most liveable city

Melbourne has edged out long-time front-runner Vancouver to be rated the world’s most liveable city, a worldwide survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit said Tuesday. The Australian metropolis topped the Global Liveability Survey’s ranking of 140 cities worldwide, ahead of Canada’s Vancouver which dominated the rankings for almost a decade…

Spain’s ‘indignant’ protesters rally in Madrid

MADRID — Two months after they launched a movement against the economic crisis and soaring unemployment, Spain’s so-called “indignant” protesters were converging on Madrid again on Saturday. Seven cross-country protest marches were set to reach the city’s Puerto del Sol square Saturday evening on the eve of a demonstration through…

Greece builds on vote victory in race to cut and privatize

ATHENS (AFP) – Greek ministers raced on Wednesday to meet a two-week deadline for budget cuts in return for EU-IMF cash to pay current bills and contain the eurozone crisis, hours after winning a confidence vote. While the government managed to prevent any defections as it won the confidence motion…

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