Greece may be forecasting economic growth to return in 2014, but that's cold comfort for the masses of unemployed.
Government plans for a new wave of austerity measures later this summer sparked the workers' revolt. Greece has been mired in a debt crisis since 2009, and the end of the third international bailout is looming.
Greece's creditors have concluded a first round of fresh bailout inspections to assess reforms. Even if deadlines are met, a shattered economy and battered public trust will linger behind, says Anthee Carassava.
Greek public transport workers have withdrawn their labor to press parliament not to proceed with an austerity bill that would limit trade unions' right to strike. Airlines also warn of cancellations and delays.
Rome wants to borrow more in order to boost welfare, lower the retirement age, allow for a partial amnesty on unpaid taxes, and grow the Italian economy. The budget puts Rome on a collision course with Brussels.
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