Supporters of the Communist-affiliated trade union Pame take part in an anti-austerity rally in Athens. Trains ground to a halt and hospitals worked with emergency staff as Greek workers went on strike on Tuesday in protest at government plans to fire thousands of public sector employees. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

Unions opposing austerity measures in Greece are staging their fourth general strike this year as the government prepares to start cutting public sect(...)

Chairman of Iceland’s Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson. Iceland’s recovery from economic collapse is much weaker than the government proclaims, and a major debt writedown will be needed before crippling currency controls can be lifted, the country’s likely next leaders told Reuters. Photograph: Reuters/Balazs Koranyi

Icelanders go to the polls on Saturday. The outcome of their second general election since the financial collapse of 2008 will be of interest t(...)