Belgium is compelled by the EU to slash its deficit to below 3 percent of GDP from 4.2 percent in 2011.
Belgium has been brought to a standstill by striking rail and public transport workers protesting the government’s proposed austerity measures, while a summit of European Union leaders commences in Brussels.
Brussels’ international airport reported cancellations and delays, while another air terminal completely shut down. High-speed cross-border train services were also disrupted.
Belgian rail officials told passengers that normal service may not resume until Tuesday afternoon.
BBC reported that production at Audi and Volvo auto plants have also been disrupted, with employees walking off the job.
The country’s three principal unions warned of the nationwide strikes prior to the EU meeting (which is expected to discuss economic growth and job-creation on the continent).
[more and more of this kind of protesting is likely as we get further and further into debt economically around the globe.]