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Anti-austerity strikes sweep Europe

An employee of Portuguese airline TAP smiles at check-in counters during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon International Airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

An employee of Portuguese airline TAP smiles at check-in counters during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon International Airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

An employee of Portuguese airline TAP smiles at check-in counters during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon International Airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A commuter passes a line of police as she enters a gantry at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

A commuter passes a line of police as she enters a gantry at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

A commuter passes a line of police as she enters a gantry at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
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Passengers arrive at the airport during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Passengers arrive at the airport during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Passengers arrive at the airport during a 24-hour general strike in Lisbon November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A person sleeps on the floor of Terminal 4 as Iberia's airplanes are parked on the tarmac during a 24-hour nationwide general strike, at Madrid's Barajas airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

A person sleeps on the floor of Terminal 4 as Iberia's airplanes are parked on the tarmac during a 24-hour nationwide general strike, at Madrid's Barajas airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

A person sleeps on the floor of Terminal 4 as Iberia's airplanes are parked on the tarmac during a 24-hour nationwide general strike, at Madrid's Barajas airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
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A union picketer pastes a sticker on a screen showing the departure flights at Terminal 4 during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid's Barajas airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

A union picketer pastes a sticker on a screen showing the departure flights at Terminal 4 during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid's Barajas airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

A union picketer pastes a sticker on a screen showing the departure flights at Terminal 4 during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid's Barajas airport November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
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A passenger passes a line of police at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

A passenger passes a line of police at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

A passenger passes a line of police at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
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An advertising board is seen at a nearly empty arrival hall at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

An advertising board is seen at a nearly empty arrival hall at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

An advertising board is seen at a nearly empty arrival hall at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
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Picketers from workers' and trade unions shout slogans at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Picketers from workers' and trade unions shout slogans at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Picketers from workers' and trade unions shout slogans at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
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