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Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe

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  • All the actions sought to protest the budget-slashing, tax-hiking, pension-cutting austerity plans of European governments seeking to control their debt.
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  • Romanian govt in uproar amid austerity protests
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  • Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Says EU Austerity Is Wrong Bet
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  • Nobel Laureate Krugman: The Myths of Austerity
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Raf Casert, Associated Press/Washington Post | DC


Pickets run after lighting fires to block a highway in Vigo, Spain during a nationwide general strike organized by the Spanish unions, in Madrid, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. Spanish workers staged a general strike Wednesday to protest austerity measures imposed by a government struggling to slash its budget deficit and overcome recession.

Anti-austerity protests erupted across Europe on Wednesday (Sep 28) — 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.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into Brussels, hoping to swell into a 100,000-strong march on European Union institutions later in the day and reinforce the impact of Spain's first nationwide strike in eight years.

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All the actions sought to protest the budget-slashing, tax-hiking, pension-cutting austerity plans of European governments seeking to control their debt.

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Romanian govt in uproar amid austerity protests, Alison Mutler, Associated Press/Seattle Times | WA

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  • The chaos on Monday (Sep 27) reflects the latest fallout from the sharp wage cuts and austerity measures the government has taken to fight its budget deficit amid a deep recession.
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  • Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Says EU Austerity Is Wrong Bet
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  • The Myths of Austerity
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Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Says EU Austerity Is Wrong Bet, Reuters/Common Dreams

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  • 'If that (austerity) happens I think it is likely that the economic downturn will last far longer and human suffering will be all the greater,' he said.
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  • The Myths of Austerity
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The Myths of Austerity, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY<>

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  • The next time you hear serious-sounding people explaining the need for fiscal austerity, try to parse their argument. Almost surely, you’ll discover that what sounds like hardheaded realism actually rests on a foundation of fantasy, on the belief that invisible vigilantes will punish us if we’re bad and the confidence fairy will reward us if we’re good. And real-world policy — policy that will blight the lives of millions of working families — is being built on that foundation.
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  • This isn’t a recovery, in any sense that matters.
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