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Europeans Take to the Streets to Protest Spending Cuts

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Posted on Sep 29, 2010
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Protesters clash with police in Barcelona on Wednesday in this still from the BBC’s video coverage of unrest in the EU.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people in Spain, Italy, Greece and other European nations registered their disapproval of their governments’ moves to make them bear the brunt of the financial shenanigans that sent the global economy into a downward spiral two years ago.  —KA

BBC:

Trade unions say EU workers may become the biggest victims of a financial crisis set off by bankers and traders.

Many governments across the 27-member bloc have imposed punishing cuts in wages, pensions and employment to deal with spiralling debts.

In Greece and the Irish Republic, unemployment figures are at their highest level in 10 years, while Spain’s unemployment has doubled in just three years.

In Britain the government is planning to slash spending by up to 25% in some areas, while France has seen angry protests against a planned increase in the minimum retirement age.

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By Neurogames, November 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

I think Britain will see a lot more protests in the next few years. the students have already started with two quite big and disruptive riots about raising tuition fee’s, I expect other parts of the country will follow.

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By Concerned Tax Payer, November 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything!

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By rico, suave, September 30, 2010 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

Strike! Strike! Strike!

Can you imagine having to work until you’re sixty, and having to make do on only four weeks vacation per year??

Positively barbaric.

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By Sofie-Alice, September 30, 2010 at 5:05 am Link to this comment

My personal opinion that it will take a couple of years to overcome the crisis and no way we will be at the precedent level very soon.
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By Sofie-Alice, September 30, 2010 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

The Europeans have a different politics from US regarding social insurance and similar things so it is normal from them to protest. Although I do not thing it will change something, the European governments have no money to continue their previous politics. The workers are also right, they do not caused the crisis so they should not suffer the consequences but it always was like that, someone makes something stupid and the rest have to pay no matter their status.

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By Robespierre115, September 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

The Europeans are just making us Americans look like a bunch of defeated, confused whimps. Sadly, most “liberals” won’t take to the streets here because they are still desperately hoping Obama will become Obama.

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By Gmonst, September 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

The difference is Europeans actually get something from their government.  Its hard to get pissed when the government doesn’t really do much of anything for the people anyway. 

America has been indoctrinated with the doctrine of “American independent-spirit.”  Highly effective, it essentially renders community and cooperation as bad words.  Slowly it turns us into a cold, callous, suspicious, and fearful people.  It doesn’t feel good to feel alone against the world.  It makes us feel small,weak, and hopeless.  The groundwork has been laid for years and now the difference is striking.

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By Samson, September 29, 2010 at 10:49 am Link to this comment

Meanwhile, like sheep, Americans faced with spending cuts tune in to Dancing With The Stars.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to vote Democrat to show just how much you love having all your money given away to wall street and used to pay for useless foreign wars.

But mainly, just watch Dancing With The Stars and don’t even think of going out into the streets and protesting like those silly Europeans do.

Hint ... this weekend.  DC.  Saturday.

If nothing else, it’ll be more fun than Dancing With The Stars.  Maybe if everyone does a little two-step down Penn Ave, you can call it Dancing With The People.

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