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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

1000s march in Luxembourg against austerity plans

By DON MELVIN

LUXEMBOURG — About seven thousand people from across Europe marched through Luxembourg on Tuesday to protest budget cuts and reduced social protections they say are making workers pay for the sins of the rich.

The protest comes a day after European finance ministers met in the region’s richest state to hold marathon talks on debt-stricken Greece.

The EU’s economic policies have caused much anger among workers in Europe. Apart from the widely criticized bailout programs for Greece, Portugal and Ireland — which focus on public sector and spending cuts while sparing banks and other private investors — the bloc’s overall strategy has been perceived as hurtful to union rights, by promoting laws that make hiring and firing easier as well as cuts to pension systems.

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