Youth unemployment in Italy is over 30 percent — one of the highest proportions in the EU. And young people will go to extraordinary lengths to apply for the few vacancies that are available.
Europe's top court has ruled that a language requirement for an EU driver job was discriminatory. Spain had challenged a requirement for applications to be submitted in English, French or German.
Unemployment in the eurozone in November fell unexpectedly to its lowest rate in more than 10 years. But youth unemployment in Italy, Spain and Greece remains above 30 percent.
Italy's trade unions called for the demonstration against economic stagnation and social injustice. Italy has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe despite being home to some of its most productive regions.
Hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Germany are being done by workers from Eastern Europe, according to government figures. Employment figures in July were 700,000 higher than in the previous year.
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