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