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Italians strike against austerity

Workers fervently oppose proposed labour reforms.

Donadio: Critics say the hastily proposed austerity measures hit the middle class too hard.September 6, 2011: As the Italian government struggles to solve its debt crisis, Italians protest and workers strike against labour market reforms, says Rachel Donadio in The New York Times. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finds opposition to the measures within his own government since crucial public services will be affected.

"Thousands of workers took to the streets in Italy in a general strike on Tuesday to protest a package of ever-changing austerity measures, adding to tensions in a crucial week for the future of the euro.

The strike placed mounting pressure on the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, which last month grudgingly proposed the austerity package of 45.5 billion euros, or about $64 billion, in exchange for the European Central Bank buying Italian debt to help Italy help fend off a sovereign debt crisis.

It also added to broader concerns over the government's ability to push through labour reforms and whether Europe could solve its spreading debt crisis..."

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Posted: September 07, 2011

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