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Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.

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Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.

Man walks past an empty shop, which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast...A man walks past an empty shop, which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast August 19, 2013. One of the homes of Irish whiskey has taken a scheme developed in Northern Ireland of erecting fake shop fronts where derelict buildings lie and has truly run with it in a bid to woo tourists. Bushmills, best known as the village where the whiskey of the same name was distilled for the first time 400 years ago, is now also becoming recognisable for the artwork and graphics that brighten up shop fronts left empty during the economic downturn. Picture taken August 19, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 20 FOR PACKAGE 'NORTHERN IRELAND'S TROMPE L'OEIL'  SEARCH 'BUSHMILLS ART' FOR ALL IMAGES

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A man walks past an empty shop covered with artwork in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. One of the homes of Irish whiskey, Bushmills has taken a scheme developed in Northern Ireland of erecting fake shop fronts where derelict buildings lie in a bid to woo tourists 

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, delivers his address to business leaders on August 28, 2013 in Nottingham, England. Carney's first policy speech as Bank of England governor is his chance to address investor doubts that he can keep interest rates on hold at a record low until at least late 2016. During his speech, Carney said officials are ready to add stimulus if investor expectations for higher interest rates rise too far and undermine the recovery.

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Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, delivers his address to business leaders on Wednesday in Nottingham, England. Mr Carney’s first policy speech as Bank of England governor is his chance to address investor doubts that he can keep interest rates on hold at a record low until at least late 2016. During his speech, Mr Carney said officials were ready to add stimulus if investor expectations for higher interest rates rose too far and undermined the recovery.

Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens...Municipal policemen march on their motorcycles during a rally by local government workers, against the public sector reforms and layoffs Greece has promised its international lenders, in Athens July 8, 2013. The euro zone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to Athens to force through unpopular reforms ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Municipal policemen on their motorcycles join a protest by local government workers in Athens against the public sector reforms and layoffs the Greek government has promised its international lenders. The eurozone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to the country to force through unpopular measures ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets. 

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg...Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)

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Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.

Activists of the PAH mortgage victims platform occupy a branch of the BBVA bank to demand the renegotiation of the mortgages of 232 families, in Sabadell, near Barcelona, June 21, 2013

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Activists of the PAH mortgage victims platform occupy a branch of BBVA bank in Sabadell, near Barcelona, to demand the renegotiation of the mortgages of 232 families, on Friday. 

People take photographs and others read anti-government graffiti painted on the ground in front of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's statue, founder of Turkey, at the Taksim square in Istanbul, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The reasons behind Turkey’s eight day of protests are serious enough. But demonstrators have also reacted with humor, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments

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People take photographs while others read anti-government graffiti on the ground in front of the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, at Taksim Square in Istanbul, the site of anti-government protests. Many of the demonstrators have reacted with humour, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments

A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul...A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 4, 2013. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed police crackdown and what opponents call Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian policies.  REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (TURKEY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

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A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed police crackdown and what opponents call Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian policies 

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German riot police scuffle with protestors in front of the European Central Bank head quarters during an anti-capitalism “Blockupy” demonstration in Frankfurt on Friday 

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Commuters walk along Praça do Comércio during a 24-hour subway workers strike in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday. 

An Indian man cools off his horse during a bath in a canal in Jalandhar on May 23, 2013. High temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Celsius are affecting much of central and northern India ahead of the summer monsoon rains. AFP PHOTO/ SHAMMI MEHRASHAMMI MEHRA/AFP/Getty Images

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel shares a kiss from Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte before their bilateral talks in the western German town of Kleve on Thursday. 

EU Parliament Session in Strasbourg...epa03709926 Members of the Parliament vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 21 May 2013. European Union leaders must go beyond promises when they tackle the issue of tax evasion at a Brussels summit this week, several leading EU parliamentarians said on 21 May - hours after internet giant Apple was accused of dodging US income taxes. 'Do we really have the courage and the willingness to fight tax evasion and tax havens? We need strong action, not only declarations,' Socialist leader Hannes Swoboda said during a debate at the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, France.  EPA/Patrick Seeger

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Members of the parliament on Tuesday vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. EU leaders must go beyond promises when they tackle the issue of tax evasion at a Brussels summit this week, several EU parliamentarians said, hours after Apple was accused of dodging US income taxes. 

A pedestrian crosses a road in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Japan's economy expanded the most in a year last quarter as consumer spending and export gains outweighed the weakest business investment since the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

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A pedestrian crosses a road in Tokyo, Japan. The economy of Japan expanded last quarter, the most in a year, as consumer spending and export gains outweighed the weakest business investment since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 

People eat take away food as they have a break, in the business district of La DÈfense, Paris, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. France's economy has fallen back into recession, spelling trouble for the region. The national statistics agency, Insee, said Wednesday that gross domestic product fell 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year. The agency also revised its data for the fourth quarter of last year, saying GDP fell 0.2 per cent, up from a 0.3-per cent retraction. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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People take their break in the business district of La Défense, Paris, on Wednesday. France’s economy has fallen back into recession, spelling trouble for the region. Insee, the national statistics agency, said gross domestic product fell 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year. It also revised its data for the fourth quarter of last year, saying GDP fell 0.2 per cent, up from a 0.3 per cent retraction. 

A protestor wearing a mask with the colours of the Kenyan flag participates in a demonstration against lawmakers' salary demands outside the parliament buildings in the capital Nairobi, May 14, 2013. Kenyan police in riot gear fired teargas and water cannons on Tuesday to disperse about 200 protesters gathered outside parliament to demonstrate against lawmakers' salary demands. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A protestor wearing a mask with the colours of the Kenyan flag participates in a demonstration against lawmakers’ salary demands outside the parliament buildings in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday. Kenyan police in riot gear fired teargas and water cannon in attempts to disperse about 200 protesters.

Pensioners shout slogans and hold a flag depicting Che Guevara during an anti-austerity demonstration in central Athens on April 19, 2013.

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Pensioners shout slogans and hold a flag depicting Che Guevara during an anti-austerity demonstration in central Athens on Friday.

A group of Chinese workers have lunch by a road in Beijing on April 16, 2013.  Growth in China slowed to 7.7 percent in the first quarter, data showed on April 15, below forecasts and fuelling fears a recent pick-up in the world's number-two economy is faltering on weak overseas demand.

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A group of Chinese workers have lunch by a road in Beijing on April 16 2013. Growth in China slowed to 7.7 per cent in the first quarter, data showed on April 15, below forecasts and fuelling fears that a recent pick-up in the world’s second-largest economy is faltering on weak overseas demand.

An investor naps in front of screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Qingdao, Shandong province April 12, 2013. China shares extended a weekly losing streak to three with a feeble finish on Friday, dragged down by weakness in the brokerage sector with Founder Securities diving almost 7 percent.

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An investor naps in front of screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Qingdao, Shandong province on April 12 2013. China shares extended a weekly losing streak to three with a feeble finish on Friday, dragged down by weakness in the brokerage sector with Founder Securities diving almost 7 per cent.

Daimler CEO Zetsche attends Daimler annual shareholder meeting in Berlin

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Rocky road: Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO, attends the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Berlin April 10, 2013. The German premium automaker is likely to cut its profit expectations for the year, after it said on Wednesday that its core European markets continue to weaken. Daimler has fallen behind its German rivals BMW, and Audi due to deep-seated problems in China and the latest profit warning is another dent in the credibility of Mr Zetsche, whose contract extension in February nearly ended in a boardroom coup. Daimler may need to revise its full-year profit goal after the car and truckmaker warned that European automotive markets remained in the doldrums.

People take part in a demonstration against a bill to reform the country's labour laws based on an agreement reached between employers and unions, on April 9, 2013 in Lyon. The bill is designed to give more flexibility to employers but also to offer more protection to employees, a key concern of French unions. Banner reads "no to all laws of social regression".

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Protesters demonstrate against a bill to reform the country’s labour laws based on an agreement reached between employers and unions, on April 9 2013 in Lyon. The bill is designed to give more flexibility to employers but also to offer more protection to employees, a key concern of French unions. The banner reads “no to all laws of social regression”.