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EU officials meet amid talk of revolt

BRUSSELS — About 10,000 workers from across the European Union protested outside a summit of EU leaders Thursday, demanding they end years of austerity and instead focus on curbing runaway unemployment with more spending.

The protest in snow outside EU headquarters vented frustration over spending cuts and tax hikes imposed by the bloc’s governments to deal with debt crises. Trade unions and an increasing number of economists say austerity has inflicted severe pain: Many of the EU countries that use the euro are stuck in recession, and joblessness is at a record high.

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