Strikes in Spain, Italy and Portugal as Europe Protests Austerity

- 2012-11-14T10:41:05Z

Photograph by Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

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Waiting Game

Opposition to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's cuts in health, education and welfare benefits is growing while those measures are failing to rein in the budget deficit or bring down borrowing costs. Demands for less austerity are gaining traction as the International Monetary Fund recommends nations including Spain slow the pace of budget cuts.

Left, a bus driver blocked by protesters, waits to continue his journey in Madrid.

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