March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Greece's Hellenic Parliament passed an anti-poverty bill on Thursday, despite requests from international creditors to hold off on the vote until they had time to assess its budgetary impact. The anti-poverty bill is the first law passed since the leftist government was elected in January. The ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
The Council of State, Greece's top administrative court, on Monday ruled that the country's wage cuts for police, military and firefighters as part of its austerity measures are unconstitutional. The Greek government was required to make certain cuts as a condition of its international bailout ...[read more]
September 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Portugal's Constitutional Court struck down an austerity measure Thursday that had given private companies greater latitude to fire employees. The changes to the labor code were adopted last year and allowed for private companies to fire employees that held positions deemed redundant or who were ...[read more]
August 30, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Portugal's Constitutional Court struck down an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than 12 months. The law gave such employees ...[read more]
April 6, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Portugal's Constitutional Court ruled that four out of nine contested austerity measures of the 2013 state budget were unconstitutional. The court's decision came in response to the request of Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva for the court to determine whether retirees and public workers ...[read more]
September 5, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Greek judges and court employees on Wednesday assembled in front of the country's Supreme Court in Athens to protest proposed pay cuts under the austerity measures for 2013-2014 which will eliminate public sector jobs and lower wages and pension plans. Around 200 judges, public prosecutors and ...[read more]
June 22, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged Sudanese authorities to cease violence against protesters and journalists. The call came after the country's police in Khartoum used tear gas and batons against civilians who protested over austerity cuts on Sunday. The protest was initiated by student ...[read more]
June 19, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 19, 2011, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou proposed a constitutional referendum while delivering remarks to a three-day session of the Hellenic Parliament. The referendum would address issues that aided the onset of the debt crisis in Greece, leading to austerity measures approved by ...[read more]
February 13, 2012
by Sarah Posner
The Greek Parliament approved austerity measures late Sunday, securing a second bailout for the country to avoid bankruptcy amidst rioting and violence in downtown Athens. A total of 199 lawmakers voted for the measures with 74 members of parliament voting against the package. Protesters clashed ...[read more]
December 1, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On December 1, 2004, the EU Commission announced its decision to take Greece to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over accusations that the country disguised its violations of EU budget restrictions on reported deficits between 1997 and 2003. An EU report alleged that Greece under-reported its ...[read more]

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