Strikers have been arrested in Madrid, as a series of coordinated anti-austerity strikes take place across Europe. Union-organised action in Spain and Portugal is expected to be followed by demonstrations later in Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Greece.
Transport is expected to be disrupted, schools and public services closed and rallies held across the continent to protest over spending cuts, tax hikes and workers' rights.
Police and protesters clashed in Spain, Italy and Portugal as millions of workers went on strike to challenge to austerity policies.
As well as strikes across Europe, today has also produced figures that may convince people at the top that austerity is self-defeating.