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Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade union organisations to protest against the government's economic policy, on december 12, 2014 in Rome. Unions protest against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's emblematic Jobs Act legislation approved this month which aims to shake up Italy's labour market by making it easier for companies to hire and fire.

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Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome

A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens on April 9, 2014. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike today shutting down ferry services to the country's world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices. They protest new labour reforms demanded by the country's EU-IMF creditors.

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A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.