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Europe's Striking Summer

Rising fuel and food costs, the threat of job losses and disputes over pensions and pay are just some of the factors that helped spark a surge in industrial action across Europe this summer. Thousands of disgruntled workers took to the picket lines, piling the pressure on employers and governments as the summer-strike season heated up.

Poster with the word "strike" on fence of construction site adjuring strike by construction workers, Flensburg, northern Germany. Photo: AP