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European leaders can't ignore today's demonstrations

by - Europe Editor

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are on the streets of Madrid tonight. Their message to their leaders is that not only is austerity not working, but that it's making things worse.

That message is supported by dreadful economic figures today that show accelerating recession in southern Europe and big falls in manufacturing output.

All the focus, certainly in Brussels and Berlin, is on saving the Euro and avoiding the catastrophe that they think would follow a collapse of the currency.

But leaders in cities like Madrid have to see what their people are doing and saying. Much more of protests like today's, and this country could become ungovernable.

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Disruption to flights from Heathrow and Gatwick continues

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Today some flights will be affected by the strikes in Europe. Please check with your airline.

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Transport delays amid strikes across Europe

Travellers have been faced with delays and cancellations today as a series of General Strikes take place across Europe. British Airways and easyJet are among the airlines forced to cancel flights from the UK.

Passengers arrive at an airport during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
A passenger waits on an empty platform at the Thalys high-speed train terminal at Brussels Midi/Zuid rail station during an European strike. Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman

European strike images shared on Twitter

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