Thousands protest against European Union austerity cuts 29/02/12

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Thousands of demonstrators have turned out in European cities to protest against austerity measures. Unions staged demonstrations in Paris, Athens, Lisbon and Brussels. Spanish students held protests in Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid against cuts to education budgets, which in some instances turned violent

Union protesters in Brussels gathered outside the EU headquarters and national bank as representatives from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) met with the EU president.

"Enough is enough. Austerity measures do not work,'' ETUC leader Bernadette Segol told Associated Press.

"We have alternatives, and Europe must work for employment and social justice."

EU leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday for a two-day summit that will focus on tackling sluggish growth

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