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New Belgian government welcomed by anti-austerity protests

05.12.11 @ 09:10

  1. By Méabh Mc Mahon

(Photo: EUobserver)

Over 50,000 Belgians from the three main trade unions took to the streets on Friday (2 December) to protest against the new government's budget proposals. Some held banners reading: "governments lie, banks rob and the rich laugh." A new government under the French speaking socialist Elio di Rupo will be sworn in this week, after almost 600 days without government.