Protesters and police in central Madrid
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EU workers stage austerity protests

14 November 2012 Last updated at 22:41 GMT

Workers across the European Union have been staging a series of protests and strikes against rising unemployment and austerity measures.

General strikes in Spain and Portugal halted transport, businesses and schools. Police and protesters have clashed in Madrid.

Rallies have taken place in 23 countries including Greece, France and Belgium, union officials told the BBC.

Gavin Hewitt reports from Madrid.