Riot-scarred Tottenham began picking up the pieces Sunday from a night of violence that local trade unionists warned could erupt anywhere in Britain due to unemployment and social alienation.
Hundreds of thousands of public-sector workers the length and breadth of Britain defied slurs and threats Thursday to mount one of the biggest walkouts since the country's 1926 General Strike.
Much of Greece was shut down Tuesday and Wednesday by a general strike by all major union federations, but parliament approved the general terms of a crushing austerity program.
The only thing that is certain is that Greek workers will take a hit and there will be intensified class struggle in the months to come.
Nationally, unemployment dropped from 8.2 percent in January 2010 to the present 6.8 percent, with 325,000 new jobs created.
The ruling Socialist Party was severely punished in Portugal's parliamentary elections on June 5.
Friday's bloody police action against demonstration in Barcelona's beautiful Plaza Catalunya has led to calls for the resignation of the center-right government of Catalonia.
On the streets of London on Saturday three-quarters of a million people staged the biggest protest yet in the fightback against the Tory-led coalition's brutal cuts program.
Portuguese president José Socrates, of the Socialist Party, turned in his resignation on Wednesday after losing a crucial vote on government austerity.
Germany's ruling parties are flip-flopping on everything from Egypt to unemployment as a series of elections approaches.