Germany's parliament approved a plan Thursday to expand the power of a European bailout fund for troubled countries that use the euro.The Bundestag, or lower house, passed the bill 523-85 in a vote considered one of the biggest in Chancellor Angela Merkel's career.Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
Greece's capital city was gridlocked Wednesday as mass-transit workers walked off the job for the third day this week over fresh austerity measures imposed by the government in hopes of securing crucial bailout funds.The 24-hour strike left Athens without buses, subway trains, taxis or trams.
Greek lawmakers approved a controversial new property tax Tuesday that aims to boost revenue as the country struggles to obtain a critical installment of international bailout loans that will prevent it from default.The new tax passed 154-143 in the 300-member parliament.
As Greece waits for international inspectors to return to Athens this week for a fiscal audit that will decide whether it gets vital bailout money, deep distrust of foreign creditors sparked violent protests and transit strikes.Mass-transit workers were expected to hold a 24-hour strike Monday.
"Old Europe" is getting old, and fast.The share of seniors in the population of Western European countries is growing rapidly, due to a combination of increased longevity and low fertility rates.That fact is having two major effects on many economies within the European Union.