Thousands of protesters from across Europe are taking part in a mass demonstration in Brussels against spending cuts by some EU governments.Other protests against austerity measures are being held in Greece, Italy, Ireland and Latvia.
A general strike is also taking place in Spain, hitting transport and other public services.
Trade unions say EU workers may become the biggest victims of a financial crisis set off by bankers and traders.
Many governments across the 27-member bloc have imposed punishing cuts in wages, pensions and employment to deal with spiralling debts.In Greece and the Republic of Ireland unemployment figures are at their highest level in 10 years, while Spain's unemployment has doubled in just three years.
In Britain the government is planning to slash spending by up to 25% in some areas, while France has seen angry protests against a planned increase in the minimum retirement age.
The European Trade Union Confederation (Etuc) said it hoped that about 100,000 people would march on EU institution buildings in the Belgian capital.
Change is not easy. This is why it is questionable to what will happen in our Congress if the Republicans take over, they are also big spenders.