The recent death of a woman reportedly denied an abortion has sparked outrage. In Dublin, thousands of marchers demanded liberalization of Ireland's tough – and, some say, unclear – anti-abortion laws.
Hundreds of thousands of workers marched in Spain and Portugal as part of a general strike to force leaders to rethink austerity measures. Workers also showed their discontent in Germany, Italy, Greece, and France.
Europeans may be tightening their belts, but they're still flying Ryanair, whose profits were up in the first half of 2012. And the airline is eying expansion in Eastern Europe, Africa, and even the US.