Thousands took to the streets on Saturday to protest austerity measures and advocate for job creation and workers' rights in Italy. The country is experiencing its longest recession since 1970, with unemployment rates soaring.
The enforced austerity of the eurozone crisis has roused surprising public anger. European governments are falling. The US need not follow this path if Washington finds a consensus over fiscal issues like 'the sequester.'
While investors and EU countries watch closely, Italians go to the polls on Sunday and Monday to vote for parliamentary representatives. Those elected could impact how Italy copes with its financial crisis.