Thousands of workers across southern Europe protested against spending cuts in May Day rallies, before weekend elections in Greece and France where voters are expected to punish leaders for austerity.
By Matthew Sparkes
• May Day protests planned throughout Europe
• Venizelos: Greece could be forced to leave the euro
• UK manufacturing growth slumps unexpectedly in April
• German finance minister: Spain must stick to austerity
• Pain in Spain to deepen as it double-dips into recession