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Insight: Facing austerity, Europe's bureaucrats chafe

Demonstrators shout slogans against the government in front of the Portuguese parliament during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Lisbon in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/Files

Demonstrators shout slogans against the government in front of the Portuguese parliament during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Lisbon in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/Files

Demonstrators shout slogans against the government in front of the Portuguese parliament during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Lisbon in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/Files
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European Union officials gather in the atrium of the EU Council building in Brussels as they protest against the prospect of deeper pay and staffing cuts as part of any government deal on the budget in this November 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

European Union officials gather in the atrium of the EU Council building in Brussels as they protest against the prospect of deeper pay and staffing cuts as part of any government deal on the budget in this November 16, 2012 file photo....more

European Union officials gather in the atrium of the EU Council building in Brussels as they protest against the prospect of deeper pay and staffing cuts as part of any government deal on the budget in this November 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files
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Riot police run during a demonstration against austerity measures in downtown Rome in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

Riot police run during a demonstration against austerity measures in downtown Rome in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

Riot police run during a demonstration against austerity measures in downtown Rome in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files
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Protesters use a life-size puppet made of paper symbolizing a Greek during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in central Athens in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/John Kolesidis/Files

Protesters use a life-size puppet made of paper symbolizing a Greek during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in central Athens in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/John Kolesidis/Files

Protesters use a life-size puppet made of paper symbolizing a Greek during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in central Athens in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/John Kolesidis/Files
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Protesters are pushed away by Spanish police officers during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Susana Vera/Files

Protesters are pushed away by Spanish police officers during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Susana Vera/Files

Protesters are pushed away by Spanish police officers during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid in this November 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Susana Vera/Files
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A man pulls his luggage as he leaves the European Parliament at the end of a session in Strasbourg September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

A man pulls his luggage as he leaves the European Parliament at the end of a session in Strasbourg September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

A man pulls his luggage as he leaves the European Parliament at the end of a session in Strasbourg September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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Pedestrians walk past the construction site of the European Council's new building in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Pedestrians walk past the construction site of the European Council's new building in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Pedestrians walk past the construction site of the European Council's new building in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Members of the European Parliament and staff arrive with their luggage to attend a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg September 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Members of the European Parliament and staff arrive with their luggage to attend a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg September 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Members of the European Parliament and staff arrive with their luggage to attend a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg September 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
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Members of the European Parliament attend a plenary session in Brussels in this October 8, 2009 file photo, debating the freedom of the press and the information in Italy. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files

Members of the European Parliament attend a plenary session in Brussels in this October 8, 2009 file photo, debating the freedom of the press and the information in Italy. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files

Members of the European Parliament attend a plenary session in Brussels in this October 8, 2009 file photo, debating the freedom of the press and the information in Italy. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files
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Workers walk past the construction site of the European Council's new building in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Workers walk past the construction site of the European Council's new building in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Workers walk past the construction site of the European Council's new building in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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A statue depicting European unity is seen outside the European Parliament in Brussels in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

A statue depicting European unity is seen outside the European Parliament in Brussels in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

A statue depicting European unity is seen outside the European Parliament in Brussels in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files
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Pedestrians walk towards the (L-R) Irish, Greek and Spanish national flags outside the European Parliament in Brussels in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Pedestrians walk towards the (L-R) Irish, Greek and Spanish national flags outside the European Parliament in Brussels in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Pedestrians walk towards the (L-R) Irish, Greek and Spanish national flags outside the European Parliament in Brussels in this September 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files
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