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.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange found himself on the wrong side of an unauthorized leak of sorts on Thursday when his autobiography was released in Britain without his permission.British publisher Canongate decided to go ahead and release Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography