As jobs disappear the number of people on the street across Europe has risen. And more are seeking shelter in airports. In Spain airports are a relatively safe sanctuary. The World's Gerry Hadden explains from Barcelona.
When the Barcelona-based airline Spanair came up with a gift-giving promotion for Christmas Eve, it hoped to gain the loyalty of a few hundred customers. Two days later, more than a hundred thousand people have tuned in to the video.
Last year, some Spanish farmers were shocked to find their tax bills increase by as much as 30 thousand percent. Some got rich as housing prices skyrocketed. Others are now faced with losing their land.
A series of forest fires continue to blaze in the mountains outside Madrid forcing thousands to flee their homes and creating a political firestorm. Firefighters say that budget cuts have made their job next to impossible.
Across Europe today, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest government spending cuts and rising unemployment. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the World's Gerry Hadden in the Spanish city of Barcelona.