News and Analysis: Spain
As a part of the ???extraordinary rendition??? policy, flights carrying prisoners to be tortured at ???black sites??? in U.S. client states routinely stopped in Spain with the full consent of its government.
Striking Spanish civil service workers poured into the streets June 8 after the government announced a 5 percent pay cut for them this year and then a pay freeze. These measures are part of an austerity program to reduce the country's debt.
Twenty-five Africans, including five women and five children, were rescued from a sinking boat off the coast of southern Spain on Aug. 25. The survivors said that at least 35 others died at sea due to starvation, dehydration or exposure.
Hundreds of farmers, truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads in and around Brussels, Belgium, on the eve of a European Union summit meeting. The meeting was called on an emergency basis to address the ongoing fuel crisis that has sparked worldwide protests.